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Groundskeeper I

Columbus State Community College
Columbus Campus

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Compensation Type: Hourly

Compensation: $16.75

Job Summary

The Groundskeeper I is responsible for maintaining the lawns, landscaping, sidewalks, parking lots, and parking garage. The focus of this role is to provide a campus that is safe, clean, and attractive. The incumbent will pick up loose trash and empty trash cans across campus, perform landscape duties, and participate in snow removal, as directed. This position will require work after normal hours, weekends, and holidays, as needed to meet seasonal job demand. This role will perform work outside during inclement weather (rain, ice/snow), as directed.


Outside Premises Support

  • Maintains outside premises to ensure a safe and attractive condition.
  • Clears leaves, cuts grass, pulls weeds, trims shrubs and trees, and edges lawn.
  • Removes debris from walks, lawns, and parking lots by hand and by operating a power vacuum sweeper.
  • Empties trash cans and picks up loose trash on campus grounds, roadways and parking lots.
  • Assembles, repairs, and assists in the installation of structures such as exterior furniture, walls, and patios.
  • Paints, seals pavement, patches potholes, stripes lots, installs signs and performs general cleaning responsibilities to maintain sidewalks, parking lots, roads and building exteriors.
  • Patches concrete, fixes potholes, maintains appropriate signage, maintains flags, and repairs irrigation.

Landscaping/Lawn Care Equipment Operations

  • Performs landscaping responsibilities to lawn and adjacent areas.
  • Transplants, removes, and plants flowers, trees, and shrubs, as directed.
  • Applies mulch to landscaped areas. Waters grass, flowers, and shrubs, as necessary.
  • Utilizes heavy equipment including forklift, aerial lift, bush-hog, mowers, stump grounder, trucks, utility vehicles, and tractors, as directed.
  • Utilizes power tools, blowers, weed eaters, hand tools, seasonal, and other equipment, as directed.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and repair of grounds equipment.

Operations Support & Snow Removal Operations

  • Provides general maintenance support and assists with set-ups during special events, as directed.
  • Assists the Police Department during evacuations and emergencies.
  • Purchases and picks up supplies and equipment needed to perform job effectively. Enters, fulfills, and submits completed work orders in an accurately and timely manner.
  • Participates in snow removal, as assigned. Utilizes shovels, snow blowers, tractors, salt spreaders, and trucks for snow removal. Cleans walkways, stairs, parking lots, and roadways of ice and snow. Applies salt, calcium, and sand to various areas to melt ice and provide safe conditions.
  • Assists with flood cleanup.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Attends all required department meetings and training.
  • Works overtime, as required to meet workload demands.
  • In the absence of the Lead Groundskeeper, and under the direction of the Grounds Supervisor, contacts vendors and orders tools, parts, and supplies for grounds operations.


  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for periods of time, stands, and walks. Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person as well as by telephone. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.


  • Exposure to direct sunlight, rain, and humidity while working outside for extended periods of time. Exposure to noisy vibrating equipment such as blowers, chainsaws, weed eaters, and other power equipment. Exposure to dirt, dust, debris, and odors. May experience minor cuts, burns, or other situations that may cause injury. Occasional risk of electric shock. Employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic, or caustic materials, and blood borne pathogens.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).
  • Possession of or ability to obtain required Forklift Operators Certification within 45 days of employment.
  • Must be insurable to operate a vehicle as a condition of initial and continued employment.

Full Time/Part Time:

Full time

Union (If Applicable):


Scheduled Hours:


Additional Information

In order to ensure your application is complete, you must complete the following:

  • Please ensure you have all the necessary documents available when starting the application process. For all faculty positions (Instructor, Annually Contracted Faculty, and Adjunct), you will need to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript when completing your aplication.

  • Prior to submitting your application, please review and update (if necessary) the information in your candidate profile as it will transfer to your application.

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Thank you for your interest in positions at Columbus State Community College. Once you have applied, the most updated information on the status of your application can be found by visiting your Candidate Home. Please view your submitted applications by logging in and reviewing your status.


About Columbus State Community College

Columbus State is one of the largest colleges in Ohio, serving approximately 45,000 students annually. Committed to equity and accessibility, and driven to innovate on behalf of our students and our community at large, Columbus State is positioned as Central Ohio’s front door to higher education. Embracing a partnership mindset, Columbus State collaborates with university partners to provide affordable bachelor’s degree options, and with the region’s major employers to develop relevant, real-world educational offerings that produce in-demand workforce talent.


Columbus State offers convenient access to classes and college services at its locations across Central Ohio. Our Columbus Campus is located in the downtown Creative Campus neighborhood of the city’s Discovery District, while our Delaware Campus serves students in the fast-growing northern part of the region. Our Regional Learning Centers are located in Dublin, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Westerville at Otterbein University, and The Southwest Center at Bolton Field.

National Recognition

Columbus State’s commitment to diverse, equitable and inclusive outcomes for our students and a better society is reflected in our recognition as the 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award winner by Achieving the Dream, a national network dedicated to eliminating equity gaps in community college education. Columbus State is an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction and a 2021 member of its Racial Equity Leadership Academy initiative to further institutional racial equity change.

Points of Distinction

• In August 2019, Columbus State opened the new home for its School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, Mitchell Hall.

• The College is a leader in The College Credit Plus Program, an Ohio Department of Education strategy aimed at increasing educational attainment.

• Thanks to its strong academic foundation, Columbus State is extremely successful in the grant-writing arena, with 98 active grants from federal and state agencies, corporations, philanthropic organizations, and other sources with a total value of $70.4 million.

• Columbus State holds an annual Day of Service, where hundreds of students, faculty, and staff volunteer at dozens of locations around the area, totaling nearly 2,500 hours of service each year.

• In 2018, Columbus State adopted Four Pillars of Student Financial Stability and is actively partnering with community organizations to help solve issues of housing and food insecurity for our students.

• In 2019, the Mid-Ohio Market at Columbus State opened on the Columbus Campus to help address food insecurity for students and the larger community.

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