Grounds Worker

Job description

The University of Kentucky's Campus Physical Plant is currently seeking 4 Grounds Workers for Facilities Management.

The Grounds Worker reports directly to the Grounds Supervisor and tends an
area of land for aesthetic or functional purpose and performs all aspects of
grounds turf maintenance including: mowing, trimming, edging, weed control
and removal, seeding, fertilizing, grounds clean-up, and leaf removal; Ensures
proper utilization of groundskeeping equipment, including implements and
vehicles such as: mowers; lawn mowers; tractors; string trimmers; edger's;
rotary brushes; rakes; leaf blowers; shovels; trowels; sprinklers; garden tools; as
well as a watering can, pressure washers, or truck mounted watering system;
May repair and maintain the playing surface at athletic or designated venues, as
required; Performs minor pruning of tree limbs, shrubbery, and bushes;
Maintains grounds and landscaping equipment in a safe operating condition;
Maintains Campus landscaping, gardens or sporting venues (and their
vegetation where appropriate) for appearance and functionality, including
trimming hedges, pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc.; During plant
installations, follows designs created by a landscape architect; Installs and
maintains landscaped areas, including mulching, planting, and watering flower
gardens; Applies environmentally appropriate weed and pest control; Maintains,
improves, and ensures general upkeep of grounds, athletic, or designated
venues, including garages; Secures litter and empties trash in designated area
(s); Ensures litter-free zone(s); and Maintains and cleans University parking
garages and stairwells. In addition, the Grounds Worker prepares for winter
weather events as necessary, at any and all hours, including nights, weekends,
and holidays; Participates in continuous snow and ice control/removal during
winter weather events; Addresses clean-up efforts as necessary following winter
weather events, including the cleaning and storage of equipment and supplies;
Removes snow and ice from University sidewalks, steps, parking areas, roads,
etc., as required; and Operates, as assigned, light to heavy snow/ice removal
equipment, including salt spreaders, snow shovels, snow blowers, snow plows
or brushes, trucks and tractors with attached snow removal equipment, etc.

To be considered for all 4 Grounds Worker positions you must submit an application to each. One application with not be considered for all 4 openings. To apply for all 4 positions, reference the following job numbers: RE14289, RE14290, RE14291, and RE14297.

Job Title
Grounds Worker

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
3CP07:Phys Plt-Grounds Services

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

2 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Lifting, pushing, and/or pulling objects up to and over 50lbs; Standing or
walking with objects up to 25lbs; Repetitive motion; Risk of injuries from use of
equipment on the job; Loud noises; Cuts/punctures; Outdoor temperatures and
weather extremes.


7:30 am - 4:15 pm (Monday - Friday)
3:15 pm - Midnight (Sunday - Saturday rotating 5-day/week schedule).
Hours of work will vary dependent upon situational and weather-related factors
and may require night(s), weekend(s), and holiday(s) response.


MS Windows/Office; KRONOS
Ability to push, pull or lift objects over 50lb; Work during emergency closings,
including early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays; In extreme
weather conditions - outdoors.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

High School + 2-Years Experience in groundskeeping; turf and landscaping
maintenance. Driver's License — Preferred.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe how your skills and experience make you a good fit for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please indicate the number of years of paid work experience you have in grounds maintenance.
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  3. * Describe what a well maintained landscape should look like?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please list the types of grounds equipment/ tools you have used to create a well maintained landscape.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe what "teamwork" means to you.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please list professional certifications, licenses or registrations you hold, or for which you are eligible.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • (Professional Grounds Management Society)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter





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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/15/2018
    Application Due: 6/4/2018
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