This position is responsible for the care and maintenance of campus ornamental plantings and turf areas; the operation and maintenance of grounds equipment and snow and ice control.
This position will function as a member of the Facilities Management Team; providing grounds maintenance, assistance to other departments, customer service and relations to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community.
Employees are expected to be flexible in the performance of their job functions and to communicate openly with supervisors and co-workers, other departments and University staff. The normal work shift is 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday; overtime work will be required--especially during the winter season. Applicants must be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time under adverse weather conditions and have the ability to perform assigned physical tasks from a standing or walking position throughout the normal, eight hour, work shift. Must have a valid WI driver’s license and be authorized to drive a University vehicle, upon appointment.
Maintenance of Landscaped and Athletic Areas 1) Mow, trim, rake, aerate and irrigate lawn areas. 2) Plant and maintain (water, fertilize, weed) woody plant material. 3) Plant and maintain (water, fertilize, weed,) herbaceous planting beds; 4) Dead-head, thin, divide and transplant herbaceous plants. 6) Seed, sod and general maintenance of lawn areas. 7) Prune and or remove small trees (under 15’), shrubs, hedges, ground cover and vines 8) Apply fertilizers to all types of plant material to promote healthy growth. 9) Maintain, operate and repair under and above-ground irrigation systems; determine and set start and stop times; make spray head adjustments and patterns.
Operation and Maintenance of Grounds Equipment 1) Operate machinery and equipment used by the Grounds Department: (e.g. commercial riding and walk-behind lawn mowers, tractors, front-end loaders, bucket truck, forklift, over-seeder, aerator, auger and back-hoe, dump trucks, 4-wheel drive trucks and trailers). 2) Operate special motorized equipment: brush grinders, chain saws, stump grinder; other small power equipment (e.g. blowers, hedge trimmers, auger). 3) Perform preventative maintenance procedures - inspect, clean, grease, change oil and perform minor maintenance adjustments and replacements on vehicles and equipment.
Snow and Ice Control 1) Operate equipment, (e.g. front-end loaders, 4-wheel drive trucks, tractors, blowers, rotary brooms and salt/sand spreaders) to plow or remove snow and ice. 2) Hand shovel or scrape snow and ice; apply snow / ice melting chemicals. 3) Haul accumulated snow with dump truck and front end loader.
Miscellaneous Tasks 1) Pick up litter and debris from campus grounds. 2) Clean and perform minor repairs on roads, lots, sidewalks / walkways and walls. 3) Install and repair waste containers, ash urns, bike racks, signs, posts, fencing and barricades. 4) Assist other staff in demolition and construction projects. 5) Assist other Facilities Management departments with maintenance projects during inclement weather. 6) Clean and organize grounds shop and storage area as directed. 7) Attend training sessions, field days and seminars related to ornamental horticulture and turf maintenance. 8) Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience with operating and maintaining grounds equipment (e.g. lawn mowing equipment, small engine equipment; snow plowing equipment; medium to heavy trucks).
Experience with snow and ice control methods, materials, equipment.
Safety considerations / precautions and occupational hazards related to grounds maintenance and equipment operation.
Ability to work independently and as a member of the Facilities Management team.
Employees are expected to be flexible in the performance of their job functions and to communicate openly with supervisors and co-workers, other departments and University staff.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.
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Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.
CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
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