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Grounds Foreman Duties

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This is responsible supervisory work in the construction, maintenance, and care of campus grounds other than streets, driveways, and parking lots.
An employee allocated to this class of work assists in the planning, scheduling, and assigning of grounds operations. The major responsibility of the work in this class is the care and maintenance of campus grass areas, shrubs, trees, and other plants. Supervision is exercised over unskilled and skilled grounds workers. Work is performed under direction of a technical superior and is subject to periodic review for results obtained and adherence to departmental policies.


Maintains inventories of pesticides, fertilizers, plants, and various grounds items.

Assists in planning, assigning, and scheduling grounds crews engaged in the construction, maintenance, and care of campus grounds, grass, shrubbery, trees, and other plants.

Demonstrates and teaches proper work methods and techniques to employees.

Instructs employees in the use and application of chemical sprays.

Conducts periodic inspections of campus areas and prepares preventive maintenance reports.

Maintains a preventive maintenance record system and assists in the establishment of work priorities.

Prepares various administrative reports.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school and some experience in public parks construction and maintenance including some supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of materials, equipment, tools, methods, and techniques used in public parks construction, repair, and maintenance.

Considerable knowledge of plants, herbicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals used in grounds work.

Knowledge of horticulture, landscape design, and agronomy.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Ability to read and understand planting and construction plans.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with university employees.



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