Grounds Worker

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Posting Details

Job TitleGrounds WorkerRequisition NumberRE23349Working TitleDepartment Name3CP07:Phys Plt-Grounds ServicesWork 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


7:30am – 4:15pm (Monday – Friday)
3:15pm – Midnight (Sunday – Saturday rotating 5-day/week schedule).
Hours of work will vary dependent upon situational and weather-related factors
and may require night(s), weekend(s), and holiday(s) response

Job Summary

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

Currently there are multiple Grounds Worker positions open. If you would like to be considered for each of these positions, you will need to apply for each one. One application will not be considered for all openings.

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. * Do you have a valid Kentucky driver's license and are able to drive?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * This position will require you to work a rotating schedule including weekends and holidays. Are you willing to abide by this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * This position will require use of a flexible schedule including some early mornings, late evenings and weekends. Are you able to abide by this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Describe how your skills and experience make you a good fit for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * The essential functions of this position require you to report to work during emergency closings. Are you willing to abide by this requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * 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: 9/9/2020
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