Groundskeeper-General Maintenance, Temporary up to 12 months, no benefits, 29 hours per week, t...

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Department/College Physical Plant Position Title Groundskeeper-General Maintenance, Temporary up to 12 months, no benefits, 29 hours per week, two positions available Job Category Staff Posting Number 00201 FLSA Non-Exempt Full or Part Time Part-Time Other 29 hours per week, no benefits Temporary Yes If Temporary, number of months 12 Position Summary Information

Duties

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Groundskeeper-General Maintenance position performs semi-skilled work in the maintenance, care, and modification of University grounds and landscapes which includes the operation of electrically-powered and gasoline-powered grounds keeping equipment and machines, and the use of small hand and power tools or equipment in planting, cultivating, and trimming grounds and landscaping. The Groundskeeper also performs maintenance on grounds keeping equipment and tools, and makes minor repairs (within demonstrated capability) as directed. The Groundskeeper/General Maintenance Worker changes light bulbs, paints walls, woodwork, furniture, and equipment, makes minor carpentry, plumbing, and electrical repairs, delivers supplies, materials, and equipment as needed, retrieves and documents transfer of accountability of surplus property, provides custodial services, etc.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
•Performs tasks common to the care of grounds and landscapes by seeding, watering, mulching, fertilizing, and applying chemicals to outside plantings, lawns and turf, as well as inside flowers and cuttings used in transplanting; inspecting plant materials for insects, disease, physical and mechanical damage and identifying replacements; transplanting, pruning, trimming, and cultivating trees, shrubs, ground cover, and flowers; and storing and caring for bulbs and cuttings in the winter season.
•Performs regular and directed grounds and landscape maintenance by mowing lawns with riding or push mowers; trimming and edging around trees, shrubs, ground cover, flowers, sidewalks and buildings; weeding, thinning and cleaning flower beds and other grounds by hand or utilizing proper tools and equipment; and setting up, adjusting, repairing, and cleaning irrigation systems.
•Performs campus-wide general maintenance and repairs by installing, removing, repairing and maintaining landscape lighting, signs, fences, and walls; and repairing streets, parking lots, as applicable.
•Removes unsightly trash and debris from public areas by regularly inspecting grounds, drains, manhole covers, etc., for debris; raking, sweeping and bagging leaves, debris, dirt and trash from streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and transporting the trash to designated central collection points on a daily basis.
•Assists in preventing accidents resulting from snow or ice covered walkways by removing snow and spread sand, chat and salt on snow- or ice-covered surfaces.
•Prepares outdoor locations for use by visitors, vendors, and the public as needed by campus operations
•Applies chemicals used in grounds keeping (horticulture, turf management, and floriculture) properly and safely by wearing prescribed protective clothing, masks, and/or rubber gloves and boots, following either written or verbal directions for mixing chemical compounds according to specifications, applying the chemicals properly on grounds and landscapes
designated for their use, and disposing of residual chemical products as directed or storing and labeling them for future use.
•Ensures that grounds maintenance equipment and building maintenance equipment are operational by performing routine and preventative maintenance and cleaning of tools, equipment and machines within reasonable capabilities.
•May be required to supervise student workers or temporary employees.
•Replaces and disposes of light bulbs in interior building settings using ladders, lifts, or other tools.
•Performs painting work in the preparation, patching, finishing, and maintaining of building structures, walls, woodwork, furniture, and equipment.
•Assists with management and accountability of surplus property items by retrieving surplus property items as directed, and returning the surplus property items to the University warehouse.
•Performs minor maintenance work using hand and power tools by making carpentry repairs such as nailing down loose boards, or replacing worn or rotten floor boards, performing minor plumbing repairs, and replacing defective electrical switches, light bulbs, fuses, and fluorescent ballasts.
•Assist other maintenance groups.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATION REQUIRED:
•High School diploma or its equivalent required.
•Must possess valid driver’s license

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND JOB REQUIREMENTS:
•Ability to operate equipment (push mowers, tractors, weed eaters, leaf blowers, lawn vacuums, etc.).
•Ability to move at least one-hundred (100 pounds).
•Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with others.
•Ability to read sufficiently to understand written work orders and instructions as well as directions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of cleaners, solvents, chemicals, fertilizers and similar products used in grounds keeping.
•Must have full range of mobility in upper and lower body; be able to reach overhead; be able to work in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time; be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks

Salary Schedule

$10.00 – $12.00 per hour

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University Information

Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by OnlineU.org for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.

EEO Statement

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.

Background Check Statement

In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Please provide contact information for three professional references on your application.

Additional Information

Athens State University participates in the E-verify System to verify employment eligibility for all newly-hired employees.

Start date: As soon as possible

Position will remain open until filled.

Paper applications are not accepted.

For assistance, contact the Human Resources Office at 256-216-3333 or email us at [email protected]

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