Grounds Worker, Open Recruitment/Testing (12172)

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Position Title:Grounds Worker, Open Recruitment/Testing (12172) Occupational Area:15 Employee Class Description:CS 40 Hours Full Time Department:724260 - Facilities Management Job Posting Description:

Illinois Residency Requirement: This position requires current Illinois residency to apply/test.

SIUE is pleased to announce Open Recruitment/Testing for future Grounds Worker positions in Facilities Management for all three campuses. Grounds Workers spend a substantial amount of time mowing, trimming, dethatching, fertilizing lawns, aerating lawns and fields, seeding and sodding, raking and mulch leaves on all University property. The selected candidate will maintain athletic fields/artificial turf, mark out boundaries, paint team logos, and remove trash /recycle material. The Grounds Worker also handles removal of nuisance animals.

Additionally, Grounds Workers will assist in tree planting, and trimming of hedges, shrubs and small trees, removing dead trees, damaged or unwanted trees as needed. Grounds Workers will also help plant flowers, trees, and shrubs and water lawns, trees and landscapes.

Other duties may include:
- Remove of concrete/asphalt and debris while repairing and maintaining secondary roads/parking areas
- Cleans streets, walks, drains, catch basins/outdoor areas.
- Apply fertilizers/pesticides and chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, disease or insect infestation.
- Weed and mulch landscape beds.
- Maintains irrigation systems.
- Supervise temporary workers and student workers performing the duties of the grounds department.
- Assist with removal of snow and ice from roads, sidewalks, stairs, ramps, driveways and parking lots.

Further duties and responsibilities may be assigned in support of the department’s mission and goals.

If your application package is acceptable and you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be eligible to sit for the Civil Service exam to be added to the employment register for current and/or future vacancies within this job title. Availability of vacancies may vary. SIUE offers an exceptional array of benefits to all full-time and part-time (50% or more) employees including medical, dental and life insurance; tuition waivers; financial savings plans; vacation and sick leave; and pension plan as part of a total compensation package to eligible employees.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. SIUE is committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. For more on our Statement of Diversity, visit:

To Apply for this Vacancy:

Click the “Apply for Position” button at the top of the job description page. This will prompt you to access your existing HireTouch account or create a new account, only create a new account if you have NEVER done so previously. After logging in or completing your new profile, you can then complete the required SIUE application documents for each individual position.

Applicants must submit a completed Civil Service Application, which must include complete employment history, through HireTouch. If you do not possess any employment history, you must indicate this within the employment history section of the application. Your application should reflect all relevant skills and experience related to the minimum qualifications listed for this position. While a resume may be submitted with the application, data for each employer must be listed on this application form. (The words "See Resume" may only be used as a substitute in the section entitled "Specific Duties Performed".) If the application is incomplete you will not be considered for the position as our office will be unable to evaluate your application to determine if you possess the required minimum qualifications.

If qualifying by education or to qualify for a required educational prerequisite, you must submit your transcripts, including those for SIUE, at the time of application. Applicants qualifying for Veteran’s preference must submit a copy of form DD214 at the time of application. For additional information, please visit: Eligibility Criteria and Point Allocation and Proof of Eligibility. Please submit any other licenses or certifications related to the position at the time of application.

Applicants will be subject to a background check and/or drug screening prior to an offer of employment. Some positions are represented by a union and may require union dues.

For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources website at or call Civil Service Testing at 618-650-2190.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications:

1. High school graduation or equivalent.
2. Any one or any combination totaling six (6) months in the categories listed below:
A. work experience in grounds maintenance or grounds construction and/or tending to lawns, turfs, trees, flowers, bushes or other shrubbery, and ornamental plants
B. work experience in one of the following: landscape, nursery, agriculture or grounds related areas.
C. coursework or vocational training in horticulture or a closely related field. i. twelve (12) semester hours = six (6) months
3. As required by the position to be filled, current license consistent with vehicles, machinery, and equipment that is routinely used in the general occupational area.

FLSA Exemption Status:Non-Exempt Posting Salary:$16.96 Hourly; This position is represented by a union and the current negotiated contract includes salary increases over a three (3) year period (three (3) year tiered system) up to $26.18 at the third year. Appointment Type:Permanent Posting Start Date:06/08/2021


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a nationally recognized university that provides students with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live.

Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000 individuals and 2,300 faculty and staff. The city of Edwardsville is consistently cited as one of the top cities in Illinois for families, based on several factors, including affordability, green spaces, excellent schools, low crime rate, financial stability and philanthropic spirit.

SIUE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as more than 30 additional accrediting agencies. In January 2019, SIUE was reclassified by The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education to the newly created doctoral/professional universities category. Fully certified at the Division I level by the NCAA, SIUE is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) (men’s soccer & wrestling).

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. As an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce, we will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.  For more on our State of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans 

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