University Staff, Permanent - Buildings and Grounds Supervisor (Public May Apply)

University Staff, Permanent - Buildings and Grounds Supervisor (Public May Apply)

Code: 12869 Posted: 02/17/2017


The University of Wisconsin - Parkside currently has a vacancy for a Buildings and Grounds Supervisor in the Facilities Management Center

Members of the public and UW Parkside and UW System employees with expected continuous employment, Project and Limited Term Employees, are encouraged to apply.

This is a full-time, non-represented, exempt position. A twelve month probation period will be required.

Provide direct supervision to UW-Parkside Grounds Department with emphasis on planning, scheduling, and directing the activities of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled personnel engaged in grounds and grounds equipment maintenance. Effort and leadership is required to insure the campus will be open and safe during the winter season. This position is also responsible for supervising the fleet garage and fleet operations.



55% A. Management of Campus Grounds, Landscaping Program, and Crew


  1. Schedules, assigns, and oversees daily/weekly tasks of subordinate employees.
  2. Supervises staff within the department to ensure all work is completed. Performs duties in a back-up role as needed. Not limited to grass cutting, watering, pressure washing, weed whipping, weeding, planting, tree maintenance, snow plowing, salting, sweeping, shoveling, truck driving, equipment moving, furniture moving, supply deliveries and bale removal.
  3. Inspects completed work orders assigned, seeking input from major customers (i.e. University Police, Athletics, Residence Halls, etc.) to insure proper completion of assigned tasks and charges
  4. Verifies and maintains employee attendance work records.
  5. Evaluates performance of subordinates.
  6. Recommends employment, training, recall, discipline, promotion or layoff of subordinates.
  7. Determines plans/needs, documents and schedules training of subordinates.
  8. Develops, recommends and implements long and short range plans and programs for the work unit.
  9. Plans and schedules the maintenance and restoration of lawns, trees, shrubs, prairies, and flower beds. Plans and coordinates the periodic burning of campus prairie lands.
  10. Prepares landscape designs, applying the campus master plans as a guideline, making appropriate changes or improvements where needed, and informs Facilities Management administration as changes occur.
  11. Coordinates grounds unit activities with other units or departments, i.e. snow removal, furniture moves, etc.
  12. Maintains the campus snow removal program, making necessary changes in conjunction with the various campus departments. Advises the Director, Assistant Director, or Assistant Chancellor of adverse weather conditions which may make the campus inaccessible. Develops and maintains an emergency list of back up workers for snow emergencies.
  13. Performs application of pesticides and herbicides on campus.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.

10% B. Development and Direction of Equipment Maintenance Program.



  1. Implements training for the operation and maintenance of grounds equipment.
  2. Schedules maintenance and repair of motorized and non-motorized equipment.
  3. Inspects equipment for safety hazards and needed repairs.
  4. Ensures readiness of grounds maintenance equipment.
  5. Maintains the security of grounds tools and equipment.

10% C. Management of Campus Greenhouse.




  1. Plans and directs the propagation and growth of flowers and other plants.
  2. Applies accepted greenhouse management techniques in the maintenance of greenhouse crops and the greenhouse facility.
  3. Coordinates personnel, faculty members, and student groups using the greenhouse facility.
  4. Oversees the care and maintenance of campus interior plants and plantings, to insure a high quality for displays.
  5. Prepares specifications, obtains quotes for equipment, plant material and greenhouse supplies/ accessories.

12% D. Accomplishment of Administrative Functions.




  1. Prepares, recommends and is held accountable for the execution of the unit budget including recommending and preparing specifications for new or replacement (capital equipment or vehicle) items. Also prepares requests for special one-time purchases required to support the grounds operations.
  2. Establishes internal standard operating procedures and policies within departmental and campus guidelines.
  3. Maintains inventory records of equipment and supplies.
  4. Researches and compiles information for records and reports. Generates and maintains appropriate reports and records pertaining to work unit operations.
  5. Oversees set ups for major campus events (such as graduation) and furniture moves.

10% E. Supervision of Campus Automotive/Fleet Garage.



  1. Coordinates the scheduled maintenance and repair of all campus vehicles, including the testing of emissions and repair of heavy grounds equipment.
  2. Inspects completed assignments and evaluates the performance of subordinates.
  3. Develops an outside vendor list for repairs and obtains quotes for contracted repair services.

3% F. Tool Utilization



  1. Applies knowledge and skills to select proper tools for efficient use and job performance





  • General education in and knowledge of maintenance of grounds functions, equipment, and machinery
  • Good oral and written communication skills in the English language
  • Knowledge and ability to:
    • operate a wide variety of machinery and snow removal equipment
    • drive vehicles and operate grounds maintenance equipment
    • effectively manage scheduling of complex work tasks
    • manage personal work time
    • manage subordinates' work
    • develop appropriate work plans, set priorities, coordinate multiple tasks, and assign work to accomplish desired outcomes
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety procedures related to use of tools and power equipment
  • Ability to set-up, document and implement safety training for employees
  • Knowledge and understanding of regulations, statutes, and law related to grounds maintenance operations
  • Ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week, and be present and visible at campus events
  • Ability to maintain confidential information

Responsible for Money, University Funds or Accounts which hold financial information?


Ergonomic Requirements:
  • Must have the physical strength and stamina to perform required work
  • Lifting of up to 100 lbs. is sometimes necessary
  • Physical ability to stand and walk continuously throughout an eight hour shift
  • Ability to push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop and kneel
  • Ability to reach above your head, walk stairs and climb ladders
  • Ability to perform duties above 30 feet in order to prune trees
  • Ability to shovel snow during adverse conditions
  • Ability to tolerate temperature extremes when performing outdoor activities (most grounds work, snow removal, etc.)
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring repetitive motion
  • Ability to keyboard
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Good oral and written communication skills in the English language
  • General education in and knowledge of grounds maintenance functions
  • Experience using grounds maintenance equipment
  • Experience in snow removal operations
  • Two (2) years supervisory experience
  • Minimal computer experience
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Acquire and maintain a valid Wisconsin Driver's License within 3 months of hire date
  • Acquire and maintain a valid Wisconsin Commercial Driver's License before completion of probation period
  • Acquire and maintain a Pesticide Applicator Certification and license before completion of probationary period
  • Budgeting and/or purchasing experience
  • Knowledge of maintaining equipment and vehicles
  • Knowledge and skill to recognize and order planting materials by their common and botanical names
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of direct, paid, full time grounds maintenance experience
  • Bachelor's degree in plant and horticulture management, landscape architecture, or related field
  • Ability to effectively interact with a diverse and multi-cultural audience

The minimum starting salary is $17.24/hour.
The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.


Applications submitted by Friday, March 10, 2017 will have full consideration; position is open until filled.


(a) Applicants not currently employed by the UW System, please click on link

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In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.

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Browse Job Openings and click on the applicable job opening #12869 to apply.
Please submit the application materials online as required by the job posting.
Select "Submit". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.
Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

Interested candidates should submit the following:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
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.

A criminal background check will be required at the time of hire.

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Women, minorities and veterans 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.


The University of Wisconsin - Parkside is a comprehensive campus of the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 4800 students, 120 faculty, and 70 instructional academic staff offering 33 undergraduate majors and 3 master's degrees in 22 academic departments. The campus is located between the cities of Kenosha and Racine in southeastern Wisconsin, within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

The university is situated on 700 acres of prairie and woodland approximately two miles west of Lake Michigan. Consisting of 15 buildings, the coherence and unity of the original campus design within its natural landscape has been sustained over four decades of development. Recent additions include a renovated and expanded student center, a 250 bed suite-style residence hall, and a greatly expanded and renovated center for the arts and humanities.

Contact Name: Sherry Craig

Contact Phone: 262-595-2228

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