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Groundskeeper- AZ- Landscaping

Midwestern University
Glendale, AZ

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


The Groundskeeper is responsible for routine skilled and unskilled maintenance of interior and exterior buildings and grounds, including the operation of motorized vehicles.  The position reports to the Lead Groundskeeper.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Trimming, edging, and mowing lawn areas.
  • Lawn area grading/sod installation.
  • Pruning, planting, and staking trees and plants.
  • Installing granite, including detail around plants.
  • Applying granular fertilizers to turf, trees, and plants.
  • Maintenance of all landscape equipment including mowers, tractor, carts, and other power equipment.
  • Operating a variety of powered and non-powered equipment to include trimmers, trucks, riding/walk-behind mowers, pole pruner, push spreaders, chainsaw, utility carts, and ladder.
  • Irrigation repairs/adjustments of sprinkler heads, lateral lines, and valves.
  • Exterior housekeeping – sweeping, trash removal, and cleaning and painting fences, curbs, hydrants and handrails as needed.
  • Event set-up and take-down as needed.
  • Cleaning exterior signs as needed.
  • Minor driveway/parking lot surface repairs as needed.
  • Assisting other building maintenance specialists in performing various tasks as needed.
  • Complying with University safety policy at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Overtime will be required as needed


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This individual must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and must have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience                                            

High School diploma or equivalent; must possess and maintain a current State of Arizona driver’s license; at least 1 year of landscape maintenance required with knowledge of pruning, mowing, edging, and planting – irrigation knowledge a plus; able to communicate in English. 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is regularly required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell.  The employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides graduate and post-graduate education in the health sciences. The University has two campuses, one in Downers Grove, Illinois and the other in Glendale, Arizona. More than 6,000 full-time students are enrolled in graduate programs in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, cardiovascular perfusion, podiatry, optometry, clinical psychology, speech language pathology, biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. Over 500 full-time faculty members and 400 staff members are dedicated to the education and development of our students in an environment that encourages learning, respect for all members of the health care team, service, interdisciplinary scholarly activity, and personal growth.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance plans as well as life insurance, short/long term disability and pet insurance.  We offer flexible spending accounts including healthcare reimbursement and child/dependent care account.  We offer a work life balance with competitive time off package including paid holiday’s, sick/flex days, personal days and vacation days.  We offer a 403(b) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, child care subsidy reimbursement program, identity theft protection and an employee assistance program.  Wellness is important to us and we offer a wellness facility on-site with a fully equipped fitness facility. 

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/).  Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.


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