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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 5090
Appointment: Regular, full-time position.

Position Description:
Responsible for all duties associated with landscape maintenance program on the university's 97-acre urban campus. Responsible for keeping the campus in safe condition during snow or stormy weather. Applies pesticides under the direction of the grounds supervisor, operates small and large sized power equipment as needed, and may be responsible to oversee student staff when they are working on particular tasks. Required to perform the job safely.

  • Communicate information freely with coworkers.
  • Direct student staff members in grounds activities as needed.
  • Perform all duties as needed associated with maintaining the campus landscape and outdoor activities.
  • Responsible for labor, equipment, and materials on assigned projects.
  • Work in a safe manner at all times.
  • Turf related tasks; mows, trims, edges, seeds, fertilizes, top-dress, aerates, stripes, rakes, waters.
  • Bed related tasks; weed control manually and chemically, soil amendments, planting fertilizing, pruning shrubs (shearing and selective), pruning trees, mulching roads and walkways.
  • Sweep, rake, blow clean, clear storm drain inlets.
  • Snow and storm related clean-up.
  • Support various campus construction projects, internal and external.
  • Pickup garbage throughout campus, drive garbage truck to dump, clean garbage truck.
  • Prune ivy on buildings.
  • Apply pesticide and herbicide at the direction of the supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Student Staff grounds workers
  • Assign work (distribute work and guide priorities)
  • Oversee work (supervise tasks or projects)
  • Direct work (train staff, review and approve work)

    Budget Responsibilities
    This position has no fiscal responsibilities

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of tasks and equipment associated with trade.
  • Knowledge of safe operation of various vehicles.
  • Knowledge of general landscape maintenance.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in groups.
  • Ability to direct student staff in ground related work.
  • Ability to communicate in a manner that fosters team work in groups.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Ability to be on-call for special needs and emergencies.
  • Ability to operate single axel trucks in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Washington State driver's license
  • General knowledge of landscape maintenance
  • Occasionally Pushing/Pulling between 36-50 pounds

    Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

    Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

    Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

    This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

    Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

    Required Documents:
    Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

    All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

    The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

    For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

    About Puget Sound
    Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

    As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA

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    Working at University of Puget Sound

    The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

    The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

    The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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