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Grounds Keeper Duties

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This is field work in providing direct supervision over labor crews engaged in routine grounds work.
Work involves responsibility for directly supervising and occasionally participating in the work of labor crews engaged in the care of campus grounds. Employees of these class have responsibility for assuring that crews are promptly on the job with the necessary tools and equipment. Specific work assignments are received at the beginning of each day and occasionally throughout the day as need arises. Work is reviewed through regular inspectors and by observation of results obtained.


Supervises labor crews engaged in grounds care activities such as mowing lawns, gardening, landscaping, and cleaning grounds; assures that laborers are transported to field sites and that proper equipment and tools are available.

Confers with the assistant superintendent of grounds each morning and frequently throughout the day on work progress and new assignments.

Participates in grounds maintenance work: uses hand tools and operates trucks, tractors, and mowers.

Supervises laborers engaged in such general tasks as moving furniture and razing structures.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school and experience in grounds maintenance work including some experience in a supervisory capacity; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.

Knowledge of the materials, methods, tools, and equipment employed in the maintenance and care of grounds.

Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of trucks, tractors, and lawn mowers.

Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques.

Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions in general labor and maintenance work.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Skill in demonstrating and teaching the use of tools and equipment in grounds work.



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