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Job no: 497676
Work type: University Staff - Ongoing
Categories: Facilities, Maintenance
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is currently seeking applicants for to fill an opening for a Groundskeeper. The position will work in an extremely collaborative educational environment to care year-round for the 326 acres that make up campus grounds. This includes approximately 100 acres of athletic fields, lawn and manicured landscaping, 150 acres of woods and prairies, and 65 acres of sidewalks, parking lots, and streets as well as 90 acres of land at the Platte Mound (the lands surrounding and extending beyond the “Big M”). Essential functions of the position include: maintenance of the grounds, snow removal service, maintenance of equipment and signage along with the distribution of all university freight from Central Stores and Receiving.
This full-time position comes with excellent fringe benefits-medical, dental, paid leave, Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) retirement benefits, and more! Starting wage for this position starts at $14.00 per hour.
Maintenance and Modification of Grounds
- Installation and restoration of lawn, landscape beds and prairie areas
- Use appropriate equipment to maintain lawns, athletic fields, prairie areas, landscape beds, etc.
- Application of fertilizer and pesticides as needed
- Plant trees, shrubs and flowers as needed
- Trim trees and shrubs and maintain flower beds and water as needed
- Collect trash from grounds, empty trash and recycling containers and dispose of properly
- Maintain grounds accessories to include picnic tables, benches, receptacle containers
- Installation and maintenance of signage
- Maintain bituminous and concrete pavements
- Assist carpenters with material handling, demolition, hanging drywall, etc.
- Assist electricians with installing light poles, underground conduit, trenching, and pulling wires
Provide Snow Removal Service and Respond to Emergency Repair Situations
- Remove snow and ice from campus/city streets, parking lots, sidewalks, etc. using provided equipment and hand tools
- Work with custodial to create safe entry into facilities
- Pre-treat paved surfaces to keep free of ice by applying salt, limestone chips and brine as needed
- Mount snow plows on designated equipment each fall and remove and store each spring. Maintain plows as necessary
- Inspect campus for storm damage and report to Grounds Crew Lead or Supervisor
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
- Operate campuses owned and leased light and heavy duty equipment
- Provide material and equipment trucking services as directed
- Operate bucket truck and lift to trim trees, put up banners, etc
- Maintain good working order of equipment, hand tools, etc. and perform maintenance as needed
- Return and properly store all equipment at the end of shift
- Maintain inventory of grounds supplies and equipment repair parts
- Report necessary repairs to supervisor and schedule equipment for repairs
- Complete assigned trainings in a timely manner
- Follow Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
- Record keeping
- Be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills
- Other duties as assigned
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- High school diploma / GED
- 1-year experience with landscape maintenance (mowing, trimming, planting, spraying, tree management, etc.)
- 1-year experience with snow removal
- Basic computer skills
- Basic equipment maintenance
- Be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Valid Driver’s license
- Demonstrated knowledge of Horticulture (turf grass, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees)
- 3-years experience with landscape maintenance (mowing, trimming, planting, spraying,
tree management, etc.)
- 3-years experience with snow removal
- Small engine repair and maintenance
Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:
Supporting our community with a safe, clean, and healthy environment: The approximately 100 staff that make up our team care for the University’s 48 buildings, 416 acres of land (including the "Big M"), and over ten miles of roads, sidewalks, and paths. We manage the campus vehicle fleet, provide heat through the Central Heating Plant, and distribute keys and building access to all campus users. We oversee major construction and renovation projects, minor repair work, submit annual prioritization to the state for funding requests, and work to minimize our environmental impact. We do all of this to assure that our students and campus community have a safe, clean, and healthy environment.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications due by: June 8, 2022. Applications will be reviewed until position has been filled.
How to Apply:
The following documents are required for applicant consideration:
- Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
- A current resume
- Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
- Additional documents as needed
We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse,
inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A
criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S.
at time of hire.
It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all
individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry,
disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a
veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any
other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is
illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student,
or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any
proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.
The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will
provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will
provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a
program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and
veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the
program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation.
Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.
Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to
build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters
mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment
opportunity through affirmative action.
In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available
for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a
paper copy of the annual report.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality
in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
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