JOB TITLE: Groundskeeper
DEPARTMENT: Grounds Maintenance
APPOINTMENT PERCENTAGE (FTE): 1.0
ANTICIPATED START DATE: 5/17/2021
60% Care and maintenance of turf and woody and herbaceous plants
- Diagnose and correct turf issues on campus lawn areas and sports fields.
- Maintain irrigation systems on campus including repair, winterizing, spring startup, audits, diagnostics, and replacement.
- Fertilize, seed, aerate, water and spray pesticides on turf, trees and shrubs
- Trim woody and herbaceous plant material and remove, and dispose of dead and infected plant material.
- Plant woody and herbaceous plant material as required.
- Operate various equipment efficiently and safely. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, mowers, front end loaders, dump trucks, utility tractors and attachments.
25% Snow removal of walks, parking lots, drives and parking lots.
- Plow, broom, blow and hand shovel snow as needed.
- Operate Holders, tractors, end loaders, sanders and spreaders and other equipment assigned.
- Salt and Sand as needed.
- Ability to work 15 hours in a 24 hour period.
15% Perform Miscellaneous tasks as directed
- Follow all safety procedures and report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor.
- Utilize environmentally friendly practices.
- Perform minor repair and preventive maintenance on equipment
- Report all equipment problems to your Supervisor and the Mechanic.
- Accurately record all your work time in TMA and HRS. Accurately record all fuel and supply usage on proper forms.
- Maintain ability to operate computers and required software.
- Respond to emergencies, when available, outside of normal work hours
- Assist other units of Physical Plant as directed by your supervisor.
- Other duties as assigned by your supervisor
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- 1 year experience working on a grounds crew
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills in working with a diverse community.
- Working knowledge of desktop hardware and standard business software programs (i.e, spreadsheets, Microsoft word, database) and the Internet.
- Have the ability to prioritize work on a daily basis.
- Good work habits, such as attendance, punctuality, accountability, thoroughness and resourcefulness.
- Work independently and as part of a team environment and on collaborative efforts.
- Two or four year degree in turf management from an accredited university
- 3 or more years working on a university grounds crew using horticultural best practices
- Experience in commercial snow removal
- Experience operating various turf maintenance and snow removal equipment
The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.
UW-Stout offers 49 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees, including three terminal degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students. The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.
The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community
Facts and data about the university: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/meet-our-leadership/institutional-accreditation/fact-book
The normal work schedule for this position is 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, plus overtime during snow events.
The minimum starting salary is $15.00 per hour. The hourly rate for this position is negotiable based on experience and available budget. A six-month probation is required. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement Plan to qualified applicants. Benefit details can be found at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/univstaff21.pdf
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.
An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check, essential job function test and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.
A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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Screening of applications will begin
Your online application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached, and all required fields are completed. Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.
Please be sure you have included the following documents:
- Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
- Current resume
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three professional work references
It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our online application system are available via:
For question regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Mike Smith
If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Alexandra Bates
Job Family: Staff
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 Fall 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/