University Staff - Open to UW Parkside Employees Only - Grounds Crew Lead

Code: 118 Posted: 07/17/2015

Grounds Crew Lead
Facilities Management Department
University of Wisconsin-Parkside 

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside currently has a vacancy for a Grounds Crew Lead in the Facilities Management Department.

At this time, only current University of Wisconsin-Parkside employees with expected continuous employment (formerly known as Permanent), Project employees and Limited Term Employees may apply. 

This position is a university staff, full-time, non-exempt, non-represented position. A six month permissive probation period will be required. Scheduled hours of work for this position are Monday –Friday, 7 am – 3:30 pm.

This position is an integral part to the operation of "grounds" maintenance (lawn mowing and snow plowing), furniture and equipment moves and other functions within Facilities Management to meet the campus mission of providing a safe environment for students and staff.

The position requires work to be done under adverse conditions working below grade and from elevated or uneven surfaces. The ability to climb ladders, traverse planks or walkways, squat, kneel, twist, and lift heavy objects repeatedly and adequate balanced stability to accomplish the noted tasks. Maintenance of trees, shrubs, perennials and flower as well as all turf areas is also part of this position. The ability to operate motor vehicles and specialized grounds equipment, performance of snow removal operation and performance of miscellaneous duties is essential for this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

25% A: Maintenance of campus trees and shrubs.

A1. Identify and control insect and disease problems.
A2. Assume lead responsibility for planting and replacing trees and shrubs as required.
A3. Assume lead responsibility for pruning trees and shrubs using appropriate hand and power tools as required.
A4. Assume lead responsibility for fertilizing, watering and mulching trees and shrubs as required.
A5. Assume lead responsibility for providing winter protection for trees and shrubs as required.
A6. Assist in nursery and greenhouse operations which pertain to campus trees and shrubs.


20% B: Maintenance of campus lawns and athletic turf.
B1. Assume lead responsibility for operating mechanical equipment, such as grading and excavating equipment, power mowers, line trimmers, aerifiers, seeders, fertilizer spreaders and irrigation equipment, as required to maintain healthy turf grass.
B2. Identify and control insect and disease problems.
B3. Assume lead responsibility for reseeding and sodding turf areas as required.
B4. Apply pesticides and fertilizer as required.
B5. Assume lead responsibility for irrigating turf areas as required.
B6. Assume lead responsibility for miscellaneous duties relating to athletic field maintenance.


5% C: Maintenance of campus flower beds.
C1. Assist in the design and planting of annual and perennial herbaceous species.
C2. Weed, water, fertilize and use pesticides as required.
C3. Assist in greenhouse and nursery operations which pertain to maintenance of campus flower beds.


15% D: Maintenance of campus natural areas.
D1. Assume lead responsibility for all duties necessary to maintain the integrity of existing natural areas. Duties include, but are not limited to, weeding, planting, burning and fertilizing.
D2. Assume lead responsibility in the reconstruction of new naturalistic landscape areas.
D3. Assist in greenhouse and nursery operations which pertain to maintenance of campus natural areas.


5% E: Responsibilities of pesticide application.
E1. Maintain current legal certification to apply pesticides used in the performance of assigned duties.
E2. Apply pesticides as directed by product label instructions and by supervisor.
E3. Perform routine maintenance on equipment used in the application of pesticides.


10% F: Maintenance of sidewalks, roadways and parking lots.
F1. Assume lead responsibility for all operations necessary for effective and timely snow removal. Overtime may be required.
F2. Assume lead responsibility for the safe operation of grading and excavating equipment as required.
F3. Assist in pavement repairs as required.


5% G: Responsibilities to building facilities management.
G1. Assist in the movement of interior equipment as required including set-ups for special events.
G2. Assist in duties performed by other departments as required.


10% H: Performance of miscellaneous duties.
H1. Assume the duties of the Grounds Supervisor during his absence.
H2. Maintain required records and reports.
H3. Maintain a valid commercial driver's license for use of vehicles in performance of duties described in this Position Description.
H4. Assume lead responsibility for routine maintenance on all equipment used in aforementioned duties relating to grounds maintenance.
H5. Perform maintenance on all grounds building areas as required.
H6. Provide supervision and training to student and limited-term employees.
H7. Assume lead responsibility for routine campus clean-up operations.
H8. Maintain a courteous relationship with all users of the campus.
H9. Observe and execute safety practices and procedures in aforementioned duties.
H10. Perform other duties as directed by supervisor.



Ability to acquire a commercial driver license and a Pesticide applicators license.

Ergonomic Requirements:

    Frequent lifting 25-100lbs.
    Squatting, bending, twisting and lifting
    Climbing ladders
    Balance and coordination
    Flexibility and extended reach
    Ability to perform duties with in extreme weather conditions
    Ability to perform duties above30 feet in order to prune trees


Equipment to be used on the job:

(By each piece of equipment, "F" for frequent use, "O" for occasional use, or "R" for rare use.)


1. Tools: (power or manual tools)

    O - Push mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, rakes, shovels, pruning saws and hand pruners.

    F - Rototillers


2. Large Machinery: (includes vehicles)

O - Bobcat, Front end loader, International dump truck, Pettibone loader, tractor and attachments, riding lawn mowers and aerial bucket truck

    F - Wrecker, Wayne sweeper and D5 caterpillar


3. Electrical Equipment: (i.e.: floor buffer, includes office equipment)

    F - Electric hand tools drills, saws, water pumps and gas generators


4. Chemicals: (includes cleaning supplies, lab chemicals, hazardous waste)

    Fertilizers, pesticides, cleaning supplies and automotive supplies




Valid Wisconsin Driver License

Ability to acquire a Commercial Driver License



2 years of experience in ground maintenance or degree in horticulture

High School Diploma or GED


Salary and Benefits

Hourly rate of $13.152 - $16.663 depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.


Review of Applications

Applications received by Friday, July 24, 2015, are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

Application Process

All applications are to be submitted electronically through our employment portal:

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Interested candidates should attach the following: 

    Cover Letter outlining qualifications for the position
    Names and Contact information for 3 professional references


Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Incomplete applications may not receive further consideration.


UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

Contact Information

If you have application questions call or email:

Jennifer Wagner
University of Wisconsin Parkside
Facilities Management Department
Office (262) 595-2576

Contact Name: Jennifer Wagner

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2576

Contact Email:

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