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Groundskeeper

POSITION PURPOSE:
The job of Groundskeeper is done for the purpose/s of maintaining the physical plant exterior grounds and equipment in a condition of operating excellence so the full educational use of it may be made at all times; maintain exterior free of snow and ice; determining repairs that can be accomplished by facilities staff or need to be referred to a contractor; ensuring availability of supplies and equipment are required for job assignments; and ensuring assignments are completed in a safe, proper and timely manner.
GENERAL EXPECTATIONS: All Lakeland University staff members are expected to:
Demonstrate in their words and actions an appreciation for the history of Lakeland University and a commitment to its stated mission;
Represent unequivocally in their behavior the stated values of the Institution;
Be good stewards of the Institution's resources, including its personnel and the goodwill of its friends, its alumni, and local community;
Work collaboratively (as opposed to competitively) with their peers to meet objectives and achieve our goals;
Keep their supervisor appropriately informed;
Be forthright and honest in their communication with all members of the community;
Treat all members in a manner of teamwork and respect;
Advise their supervisor with respect to all matters that require their attention, including their own performance.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Plant, weed, rake and water the grounds; transplant and mulch as necessary.
Prunes annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees using the appropriate techniques according to the plant.
Edges, mows, fertilizes lawns, and monitors the watering needs of the grounds; ensures efficient operation of irrigation systems.
Implements landscape improvement/renovation projects using appropriate plants and landscape materials.
Calculates amounts and applies pesticides according to industry safety procedures; understands and follows material safety data sheets and labels and required emergency treatments for specific chemicals.
Identifies common landscape weeds and applies control measures.
Maintains pathways and roads, patching pot holes, cleaning drains, and sweeping debris.
Installs and removes outdoor signs, parking and traffic control barriers, and overhead banners as required.
Uses leaf blowers, turfvacs, other tools or hands to remove trash and debris from grounds.
Operate a variety power equipment such as, but not limited to, edger, hedge trimmers, chain saws, aerial lifts, forklifts, snowplows and tractor/loaders as necessary.
Sets up the stadium and athletic field for sporting events; assists with marking athletic fields.
Assists in the custodial maintenance of the stadium including athletic field and bathrooms after events.
Performs repairs to equipment and irrigation sprinklers; may assist in the installation and maintenance of drip irrigation systems; may repair impact sprinkler heads in lawn.
Erects scaffolding, rigging and ladders as necessary in a manner consistent with safety codes.
Maintain sidewalks, pathways and roads free of snow and ice. Apply deicers as necessary during icy conditions.
Shovels and removes snow and ice from designated areas such as roofs, sidewalks, and entryways as required.
Repair mowers, tractors, and other small engines.
Maintain appropriate service and repair records.
Responds to routine and emergency calls for repairs and service.
Procures equipment and supplies for the purpose of maintaining inventory and ensuring availability of required items.
Transports various items (e.g. tools, equipment, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required at job site.
Assists other staff members as required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.
Team player required. Must be able to interact with peers, management, and administration in a constantly evolving environment for the purpose of completing projects/work orders in a timely manner.
Direct the work of student workers.
Ability to use a computer. Competent in Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.
Performs other duties as assigned.
SPECIALIZED KNOW-HOW AND SKILLS:
Possess a valid (Class D) Wisconsin driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
Ability to complete the following training as required but not limited to: hazardous communication, forklift and aerial lift operation, lock out tag out, fall arrest, confined space, MSDS, asbestos and lead identification, ladder safety, emergency evacuation, respirator training.
Ability to mentor fellow staff to enhance their performance, development and productivity.
Ability to work in fast paced, rapidly changing environment and a STRONG work ethic and desire to learn.
May be subject to bending, reaching, kneeling, stooping and lifting up to seventy (70) pounds.
Frequently required to work under inclement weather conditions.
Normal job schedule is first shift Mon Fri. Ability to work variable schedules including weekends, nights, and day shifts as required to complete the work in a safe, proper and timely manner with little disruption as possible to the campus community.
BENEFITS
Full tuition remission for candidate, spouse, and dependents.
Two-week's vacation upon hire.
Two-weeks paid sick time.
12 paid holidays.
Health, dental, and vision insurance.
Life Insurance.
403(b) retirement savings plan.
Lakeland University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

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