Temporary Position: Groundskeeper

Job description

Title: Temporary Position: Groundskeeper
Division: Administration and Finance
Department: Campus Operations
Position Summary: The employee(s) hired for this position will serve as part of a temporary pool of reserve groundkeepers for UNC Asheville.

Duties are assigned by the hiring department and will vary by assignment for temporary positions.

This position will report to the Grounds Department of Facilities Management. Responsibilities may include pruning, weeding, pest control, planting of trees, shrubs and perennials, mulching, fertilizing, and all aspects of maintaining trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, mowing, weed-eating, snow removal, litter removal, and sidewalks/road/parking lot maintenance.

Because of the extent of duties, a Grounds Worker at UNC Asheville must be both knowledgeable and self-motivated.
Position Number: FAC251
Full-Time/Part-Time/Intermittent: Part-Time (20-29 hours/week)
Salary Information: $10.00 - $12.00 Per Hour

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: T0061
Minimum Education Experience Skills: Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work. Some positions may require special licenses or certifications.
Preferred Education/Experience/Skills: High School Graduation or GED is preferred. A valid Driver's license is strongly desired.

A clear understanding of horticultural principles and techniques needed to properly maintain a diverse landscape of trees, shrubs, ground-covers and herbaceous perennials is required. Also, the preferred candidate will be knowledgeable in the use of organic products and methods including fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Knowledge of the cultivation, pruning, spraying, and trimming requirements of shrubs and trees is preferred.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have an equal amount of experience and a proven proficiency in safe operation of all equipment used for grounds management, including commercial riding mowers, blowers, sprayers, pruning tools, garden tools, spreaders, large snow removal equipment, etc.

Experience in landscape construction, from transplanting large trees and shrubs to proper installation of retaining walls and pavers is preferred. An understanding of written and oral directions to make applications of pesticides/herbicides and fertilizers is required.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years progressive experience in both horticultural knowledge and the use of grounds maintenance equipment.

The ideal candidate will be able to perform duties requiring moderate to heavy amounts of physical labor and exertion in all types of weather, may be asked to assist in the set-up of events, furniture moving, etc., as needed.

Ability to work as a member of a team and independently is required. The ability to communicate well with the public is an important factor of this position.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Basic understanding of lawn care equipment and techniques including but not limited to commercial riding mowers, blowers, sprayers, pruning tools, garden tools, spreaders, large snow removal equipment.

Requires a good understanding of oral directions and ability to understand the applications of pesticides/herbicides and fertilizers.

Must be able to perform duties requiring moderate to heavy amounts of physical labor and exertion in all types of weather—may be asked to assist in the set-up of events, furniture moving.

Ability to work as a member of a team and independently and ability to communicate well with the public are important factors for this position.
Work Schedule and Hours: Hours per week and days are defined by the hiring department and based on departmental needs.
Posting Date: 04/08/2019
Closing date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Anticipated Start Date:
Special Instructions to Applicants: This posting may not signify a temporary opening at this time. This is an on-going, as-needed, pool of temporary candidates. As departmental temporary needs are identified, this pool will be reviewed periodically to obtain potential candidates. If selected, candidates will be contacted directly by the hiring officials to arrange an interview. All positions are temporary and will vary in length of time. You may choose to withdraw your application from this pool at any time.

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Official transcripts may be verified upon employment by Human Resources. If copies of transcripts are necessary they will be requested directly from the educational institution(s) by Human Resources. Any expense will be the responsibility of the employee. Educational degrees required must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

It is the policy of UNC Asheville to conduct pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for employment. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice.

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Posted: 7/19/2019
Application Due: 9/17/2019
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