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Groundskeeper I (1516)

Date: Aug 1, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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The Groundskeeper performs grounds maintenance, including planting, mulching, weeding, and removal of litter. The incumbent also engages in snow and ice removal, campus clean up, hardscape maintenance, and operates small grounds equipment. The Groundskeeper typically works within assigned zone. However, the incumbent may be assigned to assist with work within and outside unit. Incumbent may be requested to serve on various department and/or university committees.

Essential Functions

  1. Weeds, cleans and mulches planting beds, practices integrated pest management, applies compost and fertilizers, cultivates soil, plants, and prunes to ensure a neat clean bed appearance. Rakes and grades lawn areas in preparation of seeding or sodding.
  2. Operates grounds equipment including power mowers, edgers, hedge trimmers, snow blowers, weed trimmers, etc., in order to accomplish required grounds maintenance tasks.
  3. Performs snow and ice removal and applies deicing materials to ensure the safety of public areas for the university community.
  4. Assists with leaf removal operations, athletic field work, landscape projects, and other assigned tasks as required to ensure efficient accomplishment of the workload.
  5. Performs policing of assigned area for litter to ensure cleanliness of assigned zone.  Sweeps sidewalks, courtyards, and walkway using hand or power equipment.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 40 Hours/week.
  • Associate B.
  • Non-Exempt.
  • Must be available for weekend and overtime work as scheduled or needed for snow removal and other assigned work.
  • Serves as an essential employee on the winter weather emergency team.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • 2 years landscape maintenance experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent or completion of an approved vocational program.
  • Some post-secondary horticultural courses.
  • Ability to obtain pesticide certification.
  • Knowledge of proper planting and pruning techniques for trees, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Knowledge of most common plant names and where to find information about those of which he/she is not familiar.
  • Knowledge of horticulture maintenance practices, measuring, and calculations as related to grounds care.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Knowledge of work methods, equipment, and procedures to assure health and safety standards and precautions are applied to work performed.
  • Valid driver’s license.



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