FT; Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm. Some weekends may be required.
The Groundskeeper is responsible for inspecting and maintaining university grounds to provide a safe environment for university property and all users. Clean and maintain landscaped areas, trees, turf, paved surfaces, streams, ponds, and fountains. Reports to the Campus Landscape and Athletic Fields Manager.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Inspect and monitor university grounds areas and perform the needed grounds maintenance tasks using recognized BMP’s to required standards.
Perform a wide variety of landscape and turf duties.
Assist other staff in performing irrigation system tests, adjustments, repairs and modification.
Operate golf/utility carts with trailers.
Operate and inspect all hand and powered equipment in accordance with State and Federal OSHA rules and regulations.
Assist special event activities or emergency situations as directed.
Adhere to departmental approved uniform standards.
Be available for after-hour response for emergencies.
Perform trash and related refuse clean-up from campus grounds and parking lots.
Perform ice and snow removal from campus grounds, walks and steps.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions related to grounds maintenance, landscape construction, pesticide application, and the use/maintenance of power tools and equipment.
Working knowledge of horticultural practices, procedures, and methods.
Ability to carry out written and verbal instructions in English with minimal supervision.
Ability to set project priorities, prepare reports, and keep maintenance/inventory.
Ability to operate hand/power tools, automobiles, tractors, brush chippers, aerators, mowers, etc.
Ability to identify plant and turf pests and recommend an appropriate remedy.
Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and under pressure.
One and a half years of related experience. Education or technical training may substitute for some experience.
High school diploma or GED.
Valid WA Commercial Pesticide Applicators License or ability to obtain within one year.
Valid driver’s license (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).
Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check, pass PLU’s Driver’s Certification Training, and provide an original copy of their Driving Record (5-year Employment Abstract).
Irrigation installation experience.
Work outdoors in all weather conditions for extended period of time in environment containing dust, pollen, odors, and high level of noise (>85dB).
Work while bending and stooping for extended periods, as well as from above ground areas such as ladders, aerial platforms and/or scaffolds.
Safely lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs unassisted 30 times each work shift; exert physical force in excess of 50 to 100 lbs unassisted for 30% of each work shift.
Safely carry 40 lb backpack continuously for two hours each work shift.
Operate equipment involving dexterous use of both hands and feet simultaneously.
At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.