Grounds Worker

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Posting Details

Job TitleGrounds WorkerRequisition NumberRE24323Working TitleDepartment Name3CM00:Medical Center Physical PlantWork LocationLexington, KyGrade Level38Salary Range$12.50-18.67/hourType of PositionStaffPosition Time Status Full-TimeRequired Education


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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.


3:00 am – 11:30 am.

Job Summary

The Grounds Worker reports directly to the Custodial 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, snowblowers, snow plows or brushes, trucks and tractors with attached snow removal equipment, etc.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

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? NoPreferred Education/Experience

High School + 2-Years Experience in groundskeeping; turf and landscaping

Driver’s License — Preferred

Deadline to Apply09/13/2020University 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. * 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
  2. * Describe how your skills and experience make you a good fit for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

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

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Describe what a well maintained landscape should look like?

    (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)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter




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    Posted: 8/30/2020
    Application Due: 9/19/2020
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