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Groundskeeper (5 positions)

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: University Staff

Working Title: Groundskeeper (5 positions)
Official Title: Groundskeeper
Employment Class: University Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $15.00
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Terms of Employment: Continuous 
Position Summary:

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 Grounds Crew Team; providing grounds maintenance, assistance to other departments, customer service and relations to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community.  The University encompasses 170 acres of which 100 acres is managed grounds (trees, shrubs, flower beds, campus lawn areas, athletic fields, drives and parking lots).

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 2:00 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.

Responsibilities

45% 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.

5) Seed, sod and general maintenance of lawn areas.

6)  Prune and or remove small trees (under 15’), shrubs, hedges, ground cover and vines

7) Apply fertilizers to all types of plant material to promote healthy growth.

8) Maintain, operate and repair under and above-ground irrigation systems; determine and set start and stop times; make spray head adjustments and patterns.

 

25% 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, chainsaws, 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.

 

20% 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.

 

10% 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.

Qualifications  
Required:

Possession of or eligibility to obtain a valid WI driver’s license and be authorized to drive a university vehicle upon appointment. 

Ability to perform manual labor including: lifting up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, twisting and other motions for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Preferred:

Work experience operating grounds equipment (riding mowers, tractors, small engine equipment and snow plowing equipment).

Hands on experience maintaining woody and herbaceous plants.    

Work experience regarding 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 Grounds crew team responsible for University grounds care and maintenance. 

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. 

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

Resume and 3 professional references

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at recruitment@uwosh.edu or 920-424-1166.

The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 5, 2021, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
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.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact afaction@uwosh.edu or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

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.

Work Authorization
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)
For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see https://uwosh.edu/police/, or call UWO Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.

 

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or afaction@uwosh.edu.