Groundsworker 2

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

Job Details

Job Title: Groundsworker 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 9012

The Landscaping and Grounds division of Facilities Services is responsible for exterior maintenance (non-facility) of a 142-acre campus. The activities of the landscaping and grounds professionals are highly visible and play an important role in promoting the ambiance of a park like environment in a major urban setting. The maintenance of an attractive and safe campus is important in attracting and retaining faculty, staff and students. Promote communications between the maintenance, custodial, construction, landscaping, and administrative divisions of Facilities Services.


    Perform lawn maintenance including cutting, irrigation, chemical application of all campus groundcover including pedestrian walkways, football, baseball, track and field and other athletic facilities. Groundskeepers are responsible for identifying areas for reseeding and resodding. 28%Perform snow and Ice removal including the clearing of all campus walkways, building entrances, emergency egress to maintain a safe and open campus environment. 22%Perform general maintenance of campus grounds including debris removal, trash hauling and special pick-ups. 10%Paint athletic fields in accordance with regulations for all sporting events. Assess the condition of the athletic fields to determine appropriate course of action to minimize risk of injury to student athletes. 9%Perform bed maintenance including the planting, weeding and irrigation of all flowers, decorative beds on campus. 8% Perform autumn maintenance including removal of leaves from all areas of the campus. 7%Identify and assess diseases and pest problems in groundcover, lawns, trees and gardens to mitigate damage. 6%


    Promote communications between the maintenance, custodial, construction, landscaping, and administrative divisions of Facilities Services. 5%Maintain records, reports, and inventory of various aspects of the campus landscaping program. 2%Design and install signs. 1%Prepare grounds for asphalt and concrete installations. Prepare grounds for, and install, pavers. 1%Perform other duties as assigned. 1%


Department: Frequent contact with department staff.

University: Regular contact with all members of university

External: Little or no contact with vendors

Students: Contact with students in work area as it pertains to landscaping responsibilities


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees


Experience: 5 years of institutional, industrial or commercial landscaping experience.

Education/Licensing: A high school education. A valid Ohio’s driver’s license free of significant violations.


    Individuals must be knowledgeable in the safe use and operation of power mowers, snow blowers and related equipment, vehicles. Individuals must be aware of the safety exposures created by the use of this equipment to themselves and others. Must be experienced and knowledgeable in the use of specialized heavy equipment including, but not limited to, back hoes, bobcat, tow motors, chain saws, trenchers, tub grinders, and chippers.Must have experience in repairing equipment for seasonal changeover.Must have experience in repairing irrigation systems. Must have experience in designing decorative beds (flowers, shrubs, etc.).Ability to work independently.Must be able to safely operate small mowers and all types of Class D motor vehicles.Must be familiar with the proper and safe use of basic hand tools, power tools, and safety equipment. Basic computer skills; must be able to learn Work Management System software to record work performed in the Zone.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.


The employee is directly exposed to animals, moving machinery, blood borne pathogens, chemicals, commercial cleaning solvents and oils, confined space entry and / or restricted access, excessive noise, fumes, dust, pesticides or herbicides, radioactive materials, and repetitive motion. Additional hazards directly related to this position include extreme weather conditions, cuts, scraps, bee stings, and insect bites. Must be prepared to receive right-to-know and other training in the identification and handling of hazardous materials including: pesticides, radioactive, chemical and biological.

Department to provide gloves, hard hat, hearing protection, protective eyewear, safety shoes, and respiratory protection are required. Must be able to lift up to 100 lbs. Individuals in this position must have physical dexterity required for lifting, moving, standing, walking for significant periods of time. Must be physically capable of reaching any area of facilities with tools and materials, including roofs, tunnels, and catwalks; this may involve frequent balance, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, crawling and climbing. Must be able to pass required physical examination. Must be available to work night/weekend shifts and be on call for emergencies.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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