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Grounds Foreman Duties

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This is supervisory and skilled 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 is responsible for planning work operations and methods, and for assuring the technical correctness of functions performed by subordinates. 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 several small crews of skilled and unskilled grounds workers. Work is usually performed with considerable independence with periodic review by a superior for results obtained, changes in work methods, and adherence to departmental policies.


Plans, assigns, schedules, and supervises several small crews in the construction, maintenance, and care of campus grounds, grass, shrubbery, trees, and other plants.

Follows landscaping blue-print plans in the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers, and seeding grass areas.

Supervises the treatment of grass, shrubs, trees, and other plants with proper fertilizer, fungicide, and pesticides.

Instructs and trains employees in the safe operation of equipment and tools, and in the application of chemical sprays.

Prepares time and other required reports.

Performs related work as required.


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

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

Thorough knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Ability to lay out, direct, and supervise construction and maintenance projects.

Ability to delegate and give clear and concise directions to subordinates.

Ability to understand and efficiently carry out written and oral instructions.

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

Ability to keep records and to prepare work and time reports.



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