University Staff, Permanent - Groundskeeper (Public May Apply)

University Staff, Permanent - Groundskeeper (Public May Apply)

Code: 12506 Posted: 10/21/2016


The University of Wisconsin Parkside invites applicants for a Groundskeeper opening in our Facilities Management Center.

This is a full time, non-represented, non-exempt University Staff position with excellent benefits. The hours of work are 6:00am - 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. A six month probationary period is required.

Under the general supervision of the Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, this position is responsible for the maintenance of campus lawns, athletic turfs, trees, shrubs and flowers (annuals and perennials), sidewalks, roadways and parking lots, including snow removal. The ability to operate motor vehicles and specialized grounds equipment to maintain lawns, athletic turf parking lots, roads and sidewalks is required.


35% A. Maintenance of campus lawns and athletic turf
A1. Operate mechanical equipment such as riding lawn mowers, skid steers, loaders, dump trucks, tractors, tractor implements (spreaders, posthole diggers), utility vehicles, line trimmers, and irrigation equipment, as required to maintain healthy turf on campus.
A2. Reseed and sod turf areas.
A3. Irrigate turf areas.
A4. Assist in maintaining irrigation systems and equipment.
A5. Apply pesticides as directed by product label instructions and supervisor.
A6. Assist in miscellaneous duties relating to athletic field maintenance.

30% B. Maintenance of sidewalks, roadways and parking lots
B1. Perform all operations necessary for effective and timely snow removal. Overtime may be required.
B2. Operate grading, excavating and striping equipment.
B3. Perform all duties necessary in maintaining parking lot and road striping operations.
B4. Installation and replacement of all campus exterior signage.

15% C. Performance of miscellaneous duties
C1. Maintain records and reports.
C2. Attend work-related lectures, seminars and field demonstrations as directed by supervisor.
C3. Make pertinent suggestions on the improvement of work related operations.
C4. Perform routine maintenance on all equipment used in aforementioned duties relating to grounds maintenance.
C5. Move office, classroom and lab furniture and large and/or sensitive equipment in a manner to assure its integrity.
C6. Provide direction to student and temporary employees.
C7. Perform routine campus clean-up operations including trash pick-up and removal along roads, sidewalks, disc golf course and parking lots and clean-up of all grounds buildings.
C8. Set up and assist with special events.
C9. Perform other duties as required.

5% D. Maintenance of campus trees and shrubs
D1. Identify and control significant insect and disease problems.
D2. Plant and replace trees and shrubs as required.
D3. Prune trees and shrubs using appropriate hand and power tools.
D4. Fertilize, water and mulch trees and shrubs.
D5. Provide winter protection for trees and shrubs.
D6. Assist in nursery and greenhouse operations which pertain to campus trees and shrubs.

5% E. Maintenance of campus and natural areas
E1. Perform all duties necessary to maintain the integrity of existing natural areas including weeding, planting, burning and fertilizing.
E2. Assist in the reconstruction of new naturalistic landscape areas.
E3. Assist in greenhouse and nursery operations which pertain to maintenance of campus natural areas.

5% F. Maintenance of campus flower beds
F1. Assist in the design and planting of annual and perennial herbaceous species.
F2. Assist in weeding, watering, fertilizing and use pesticides as required.
F3. Assist in greenhouse and nursery operations which pertain to maintenance of campus flower beds.

5% G. Maintenance of interior plants
G1. Assist in cleaning, watering, fertilizing and placement of plants used within campus interior areas.
G2. Assist in greenhouse and nursery operations which relate to interior plant maintenance.


  • Ability to acquire and maintain a commercial driver license within six months of hire 
  • Knowledge of the proper and safe use of lawn and plant care chemicals
  • Knowledge of turf, herbaceous and woody plant diseases
  • Knowledge of insects harmful to turf, herbaceous and woody plant diseases
  • Knowledge of hand and power tools used in the maintenance of grounds equipment
  • Knowledge of lawn and grounds care equipment, such as tractors, tractor implements, riding and walk behind mowers, chainsaws, line trimmers, off-road utility vehicles, dump trucks
  • Knowledge of construction equipment, such as skid steer loaders, backhoes, posthole augers, pay loaders, power booms
  • Knowledge of snow removal equipment and techniques, such as plow trucks, snow blowers and salting equipment
Ergonomic Requirements:

  • Lifting up to 75 lbs.
  • Squatting, bending, twisting and kneeling
  • Climbing ladders
  • Balance and coordination
  • Flexibility and extended reach, including overhead
  • Duties performed above 30 feet in order to prune trees
  • Work occurs in adverse weather conditions
  • Working below grade and from elevated and uneven surfaces

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)
Frequent - Push mowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, rakes, shovels, pruning saws and hand pruners.
Occasional - Rototillers

2. Large Machinery: (includes vehicles)
Frequent - Riding lawn mowers, skid steers, front end loaders, dump trucks, utility vehicles, tractor and tractor attachments
Occasional - Aerial bucket truck

3. Electrical Equipment: (i.e. floor buffer, includes office equipment)
Occasional - electric hand tools, drills, saws, water pumps and gas generators

4. Chemicals: (includes cleaning supplies, lab chemicals and hazardous waste)
Occasional - Fertilizers, pesticides, cleaning supplies and automotive supplies


  • Valid WI driver license
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Associates degree or greater in horticulture
  • 2 or more years of experience in grounds maintenance/landscaping 


Please submit application materials online by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 4, 2016.


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

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:
External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Under "Basic Job Search" choose:
  • "Advanced Search", Job Opening ID: "12506"
  • Find Jobs Posted Within: "Anytime" click "Search"
  • Select "Groundskeeper", click "Apply Now"
You must log in before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login". If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials
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. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references
You must 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.
In instances where the Review 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.


The hourly rate will not be less than the minimum of the pay range of $12.50 per hour. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

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

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.

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. sec. 19.36(7).  

Contact Name: Jennifer Wagner

Contact Phone: 262-595-2576

Contact Email:

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