Landscaping Maintenance II - Maintenance of Grounds

Job description

Special Instructions to Applicants

To fill out a paper application, please visit the front office in the Facilities Building - located West of the Baseball Field.

Position Overview

Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls. Prune or trim trees, shrubs, or hedges. Gather and remove litter. Maintain or repair tools, equipment, or structures. Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders. Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, or other grounds features year round.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions

This position is deemed mission essential. In case of inclement weather or other emergency situations, the incumbent is expected to report to work as directed, provided the process of getting to work location does not put the incumbent into a dangerous situation. Provides guidance and helps in training employees on equipment, routine daily task and events. Maintains campus lawns by irrigating, mowing, edging, hand trimming, fertilizing, and using weed control methods. Assists the Irrigation Technician and waters plant life as directed. Prepares flower beds for growing annuals and bulbs and other areas for seed and sod. Maintains campus trees and shrubs by planting, pruning, watering, spraying, weeding and cleaning shrub plantings. Maintains athletic fields including dragging infields and setting bases in position. Moves equipment and other inventory for departments on campus. Operates water tanker with pumps, and sprayers as needed. Operates riding mowers, roto tillers, lawn sweepers, sprayers, aerators, and tractors as needed. Removes snow and ice from stairs, walks and ramps and driving surfaces and operates equipment common to the trade. Removes, sweeps, and cleans around trash dumpsters and containers, and collects rubbish left on campus. Observes, communicates, and complies with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) provisions; analyzes supplies and materials used in the performance, training and duties of subordinates of the trade. Assists with minor sidewalk and parking lot repairs using hot and cold patches. Provides sign and fence installation. Available to help with or fully abate a facilities emergency. This may necessitate the use of a radio for after hours call backs. Further, a pre arranged shift change may be implemented for predictable emergencies like inclement weather. Performs duties and complies with needs of special events, before, during, and after the special events are completed. Performs other related duties as necessary to support the UCO mission.

Qualifications/Experience Required

Performs administrative or manual tasks. Requires general education or vocational training and 3+ years of relevant experience in chosen field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualifications/Experience Preferred

Two years experience in landscaping maintenance. Familiarity with the chemicals common to the trade. Must have a valid Oklahoma Driver License. Responsible for obtaining and maintaining all licenses required for code compliance and special tools operations. Licensed Services Technician (Pesticides).


Sufficient dexterity and coordination to operate equipment common to the trade, especially trucks and industrial tractors. Reads, understands manuals and instructions printed in English and documents legibly in same. Good oral and written communications are needed to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position. Must be able to read and follow blue prints, schematics, drawings, and O & M Manuals. Knowledge of use and disposal of chemicals common to the trade in a manner which protects oneself, others in the work area, and the environment. Knowledge of and ability to use different hand tools and equipment commonly used in landscaping maintenance work and material handling equipment. Must know how to apply herbicides, insecticides, dormant oil, fungicides and miticides to control weeds, insects, and disease attacking campus plant life; uses sprayer as needed. Willing to attend seminars, etc. to upgrade skills and/or obtain required training to retain certification relative to trade. Ability to work safely in and around moving mechanical parts of equipment and be protected in areas with fumes or airborne particles and toxic and/or caustic chemicals common to the trade.

Physical Demands

Repetitive movement of hands and fingers. Typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


This position requires a physical.  The physical requirements are:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. regularly and 75 lbs. occasionally.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and carry 200 feet.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and carry up/down 30 stairs.
  • Ability to walk regularly for long periods of time across the campus.
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to use and reach with hands and arms regularly.
  • Ability to climb in high places using a ladder or balance frequently.
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, bend and crawl occasionally.
  • Ability to push or pull dolly loaded with up to 120 pounds for 300 feet occasionally.
  • Must have close, distance, and peripheral vision.
  • Depth perception and ability to adjust focus.




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Posted: 4/26/2019
Application Due: 11/12/2019
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