Grounds Keeper

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Maintenance / Grounds / Skilled Trades

The Department of Facilities Management supports the mission of the University of Denvers physical resources in order to provide a healthy and safe educational environment for campus community through services of the departments of Capital Projects and Planning, Facilities Management, Parking & Mobility Services, Auxiliaries & Real Estate, and Business & Operations.

Position Summary

Under immediate supervision, this position performs grounds maintenance and landscape gardening work on all property owned by the University of Denver.

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denvers policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lay sod, plant new shrubs, trees, and flowers.
  • Operates equipment to spray, fertilize and aerate lawn areas.
  • Operates power lawn mowers and tractors for cutting grass.
  • Operates trucks, tractors, and other machinery in the routine care of all grounds.
  • Operates truck , hand cart, dolly, hand truck , forklift, and other equipment in the moving and setup of equipment on all university properties.
  • Picks up, collects, removes litter and debris from all ground areas.
  • Picks up material ordered by Physical Plant when not delivered by common carrier.
  • Removes snow by power equipment or shovel from parking lots, sidewalks, exterior stairs, ramps, and terraces.
  • Rototills, spades, rakes, weeds, and fertilizes flower-planting beds.
  • Trims and /or prunes hedges, shrubs, and trees.
  • Trim grass by or power edger-trimmer.
  • Waters lawn and planted areas by hand or sprinkler systems.
  • Moves various equipment, supplies, and furniture manually or by use of a truck.
  • Performs minor repairs, lubricates and sharpens equipment.  Reports complex repair needs to supervisor.
  • Makes minor repairs to parking lots.
  • Installs signs.
  • Removes trees.
  • Performs landscape installation.
  • Drives to sites with tools and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to follow detailed but easy to follow procedures. Daily priorities are established and frequently monitored by Supervisor. 
  • Some knowledge of standardized routines and the ability to follow oral/written instructions involving a number of steps. 
  • Must be able to report to work early in the morning, weekends, and holidays for snow removal.
  • Basic computer skills.  Knowledgeable working with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Familiar working with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software, including WebTMA.

Required Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • One year experience in grounds gardening and/or nursery work.
  • Valid Colorado Drivers License and insurable by the University of Denvers insurance carrier.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical exam, and lift 100 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of all types of landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment.

Working Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.
  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles.
  • The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and /or humid conditions, toxic and caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Physical Activities

  • Moderate to strenuous physical effort required. 
  • Worker must be able to withstand long periods of time bending, couching, sitting, standing, reaching and repetitive motions with the hand-wrist and elbow-shoulder. 
  • This position requires the operation of semi-heavy machinery including mowers, chain saws, weed-eaters, and other power driven equipment. Duties also include working with pole saws and from ladders and scaffolds as high as 40 feet.
  • Workers must be able to withstand long periods of bending, crouching, sitting, standing, reaching and repetitive motions with the hand-wrist and elbow-shoulder.
  • The employee must be able to work outside in all types of weather and lift, move and carry objects in excess of 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, November 19th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 03.

Hourly Range:
The hourly rate for this position is $15.15.

Benefits:
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

 

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