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Job Req ID:  19285



General Summary
Maintains the grounds on campus including planting and maintaining trees, turf, shrubs, and flowers.  Cleans sidewalks and roads on campus.   Clear snow and ice from walkways and parking lots.
Essential Job Functions

  • Picks up trash on a daily basis.
  • Mows, trims, and edges lawn during the growing season.
  • Plants and transplants trees, shrubs, and flowers on campus.  Mulches and weeds.
  •  Prunes and trims plants under supervision to keep them healthy, to generate growth, and to maintain their attractive shape and appearance.  Cuts down or pulls out trees and shrubs as needed.
  • Rakes and mulches leaves.
  • Cleans roads on campus using shovel, broom, blower, and powered street cleaner.
  • Clears snow and ice from walkways, parking lots, steps, and any other area(s) which may be required.
  • Observes all safety precautions and uses equipment and chemical treatments (i.e., ice melts) properly to avoid harming self and others, and damaging property.
  • Maintains equipment and work area in clean and orderly condition.
  • May be required to be available for 24 hour calls. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience/Skills & Abilities Required

  • High school degree or equivalent preferred. 
  • One year of work experience as a groundskeeper.  Three years preferred. 
  • Appropriate valid driver's license with a good driving record preferred. Ability to drive a light truck preferred.
  • Ability to operate equipment such as mowers, trimmers, blowers, small tractors and others used in groundskeeping work.
  • Knowledge of proper planting procedures.
  • Ability to work outdoors.
  • Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects and materials weighing up to 50 lbs. On an infrequent basis, may need to lift up to 80 lbs.
  • Ability to stand, walk or otherwise move about campus on a continuous basis.
  • Ability to ascend/descend ladders periodically to perform landscape maintenance.
  • Ability to work overtime when necessary.
  • Ability to interact and/or work with faculty, students, staff: and visitors in a respectful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and write to maintain records and work schedules and to read work orders.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis.  It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


Classified Title: BU Groundskeeper-SSR 
Role/Level/Range: SKILL7/01/BU 
Starting Salary Range: $17.67 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: M-F 8 hours per day 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001601-Grounds Services 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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