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Duties Description Summary of Position:
Grounds Workers are responsible for maintaining the appearance and condition of grounds, athletics fields, walkways, and roads. Grounds Workers serve as a member of a work crew performing a variety of grounds maintenance, gardening, and manual labor duties. The position typically uses a variety of hand and power tools and equipment. The activities, tasks, and required equipment and/or vehicles operated will vary according to the season and individual needs of the campus.
•Cleans grounds by sweeping, raking, shoveling and removing debris, leaves, branches, etc.
•Clears sites and prepares them for planting by raking, tilling soil, adding mulch and digging.
•Plants seeds, bushes, trees, etc. using hand or power equipment.
•Cuts grass using lawnmowers; fertilizes and waters grounds; prunes bushes and trees; removes or transplants bushes or trees.
•Maintain campus turf and garden beds by irrigating, mowing, and edging, hand trimming, fertilizing, and using weed control methods.
•Removes dead trees by cutting and splitting logs using axes, chainsaws, sledge hammers and wedges.
•Loads trucks with debris, logs, dirt, etc. using hand or power equipment.
•Constructs or repair fences.
•Breaks up concrete to repair holes using hand or power equipment.
•Mixes and applies concrete and asphalt for patches.
•Removes trash and debris from roads, walkways and parking lots by sweeping and shoveling by hand.
•Removes snow and ice from walkways by shoveling and operating snow removal equipment.
•Plows roads, sidewalks and parking lots with trucks, tractors, back hoes, front end loaders, and skid steer.
•Applies salt and ice melt on walkways and roads and spreads by hand or power equipment.
•Sets up and removes snow fences and markers at fire hydrants and catch basins.
•Performs minor maintenance on tools and power machines.
•Shovels, digs ditches, and installs signs.
•Uses hand tools to remove snow and ice from stairs, walks and ramps.
•Applies herbicides, insecticides, dormant oil, and fungicides to control weeds and insects, using hydraulic sprayer.
Sport Facilities Maintenance:
•Maintains athletic fields using appropriate lawn care procedures including striping of playing surfaces, dragging infields, setting bases in position. Use riding mowers, rototillers, aerators, lawn sweepers as needed.
•Maintains artificial turf of athletic fields and grass fields.
•Cuts and rakes turf as required.
•Re-sods, and repairs damaged areas of fields.
•Checks the correct operation of water sprinkler systems, and reports deficiencies to higher level staff.
•Lines and prepares fields for athletic events.
•Applies pesticides or fertilizer in accordance with State pesticide application regulations.
•Sweeps dirt and debris, clean around recycle compactors, and collect rubbish left in recycling area.
•Collects, loads, and transports waste, recycling, and compostable materials to the campus recycling center Collect and breakdown cardboard from campus buildings.
•Operates equipment such as; bobcat, forklift, skid steer, compactor, bailer and box truck on a daily basis to assist with recycling duties.
•Sorts, shred and bale paper and cardboard by hand. Recyclable paper shall be sorted and contaminants removed.
•Collects pallets and load/unload on to truck.
•Supervises and trains students in the performance of grounds and maintenance activities.
•Operates brush chippers and stump grinders as needed.
•Works within the overall organization of the Physical Plant and collaborates with skilled and unskilled personnel.
Non-Essential Functions: (List routine duties that must be performed coincidentally with the essential functions and the approximate percentage of time spent.)
•Loads and unloads trucks and moves furniture.
•Performs light cleaning duties as assigned.
•Assists other campus departments with special projects.
•Contains and cleans up gas and/or oil spills.
•Works nights and weekends in the event of emergencies, snow removal, or campus events.
Functional and Supervisory Relationships:
The grounds worker, Grade 06 reports to the Head Grounds Supervisor Grade 14. Provides support and services to the campus community.
•New York State CDL Class B with air brake endorsement.
•Experience or demonstrates knowledge of grounds maintenance.
•Must be willing to seek training to enhance or learn new skills.
•Knowledge of grounds maintenance and turf equipment operations.
•NYS Commercial Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License (3A).
•Ability to work at excessive heights using bucket trucks, lifts, or scaffolding.
•Qualified candidates for this position must have the ability to read and write.
•Operates a motor vehicle, possesses and maintains a valid New York State driver’s license appropriate for the type of vehicle to be operated.
•Basic mechanical ability is required.
•Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
•Should have experience using one or more of the following: zero turn mowers, gas powered tools such as weed trimmers, walk behind mowers, blowers, hedge trimmers and chain saws. Light and heavy equipment such as riding mowers, tractors, skid steers and dump trucks.
•Ability to conduct simple calculations and measures for the purpose of fertilizing and lining fields.
•Candidate must be able to work scheduled and unscheduled overtime in a team atmosphere.
•Considerable physical activity, requires heavy lifting, pushing or pulling objects weighing between 50 - 80 pounds.
•Ability to climb trees for pruning work, be able to climb in and out of holes and/or trenches, and be able to lift balled or bur lapped planting materials
•Must work outside in all types of weather.
•Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
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