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Grounds Keeper I - Facilities, Planning & Management

at University of Denver

Posted: 11/19/2018
Job Reference #: 3706
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Tracking Code
001050
Job Description

Vision

Enrich the University of Denver's global prominence and community impact through excellence in innovative Facilities Services.

Mission

Through exceptional customer service, we provide sustainable stewardship to the university community that creates an engaging and thriving environment to learn, live, teach and work.

Core Values

  • Stewardship: We effectively use all resources to meet the needs of today without compromising the future. We work in a safe manner using equipment and procedures as appropriate and encourage others to do the same. We maintain confidences and protect the security of operations and assets by keeping information confidential and equipment/facilities secure. We demonstrate efficient use of time, equipment, and other resources with a focus on sustainable operations and best practices.
  • Teamwork: We work together cooperatively in support of our mission. We value individuals and their contributions to the team and treat each other with respect and dignity. We actively work to create and support an inclusive and equitable workplace by embedding diversity into all aspects of the workplace. We communicate honestly and openly, listen attentively, and assume responsibility for resolving difficulties appropriately. We encourage cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of success.
  • Professionalism: We earn the trust of others through professional conduct that includes honesty, reliability, and competency. We exhibit a courteous, conscientious and businesslike manner in the workplace. We actively endorse and support DU's mission and work to fulfill its vision, mission, and goals. We pursue professional development to increase expertise and improve our capabilities to deliver improved job performance.
  • Service: We contribute to the success of others by responding in a courteous, timely and accurate manner, seeking assistance when necessary to create a positive DU experience that exceeds the expectations of students, and internal and external contacts. We understand that our performance directly affects the future of DU and strive to perform to enhance the DU experience. We embrace a positive attitude and participate through engagement with changes in procedures, environment, or responsibilities.
  • Integrity: We accept responsibility for the University's and public's trust and are accountable for individual actions. We conduct ourselves and perform our duties in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner that is reflective and protective of the trust placed on us as stewards of the University's facility related resources.
  • Excellence: We strive to achieve excellence in all endeavors and are committed to continuous improvement. We enthusiastically deliver quality services to our customers while consistently seeking to improve those services through creativity and innovation.
  • Engagement: We seek to "tell our story" through collaboration, communication, and inclusion with the greater DU community. Through involvement, we ensure the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, and neighbors are met and efforts from each department are understood. We take every opportunity to augment the education and research mission of the university through demonstration of real world applications of theories and principles.

Position Summary

Under immediate supervision, this position performs grounds maintenance and landscape gardening work on all property owned by the University of Denver

Essential Functions

  • Lay sod, plant new shrubs, trees, and flowers.
  • Operates equipment to spray, fertilize and aerate lawn areas.
  • Operates power lawn mowers and tractors for cutting grass.
  • Operates trucks, tractors, and other machinery in the routine care of all grounds.
  • Operates truck, hand cart, dolly, hand truck, forklift, and other equipment in the moving and setup of equipment on all university properties.
  • Picks up, collects, and removes litter and debris from all ground areas.
  • Picks up material ordered by Physical Plant when not delivered by common carrier.
  • Removes snow by power equipment or shovel from parking lots, sidewalks, exterior stairs, ramps, and terraces.
  • Rototills, spades, rakes, weeds, and fertilizes flower-planting beds.
  • Trims and /or prunes hedges, shrubs, and trees.
  • Trim grass by or power edger-trimmer.
  • Waters lawn and planted areas by hand or sprinkler systems.
  • Moves various equipment, supplies, and furniture manually or by use of a truck. Performs minor repairs, lubricates and sharpens equipment.
  • Reports complex repair needs to supervisor.
  • Makes minor repairs to parking lots. Installs signs.
  • Removes trees.
  • Performs landscape installation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to follow detailed, but easy to follow procedures.
  • Daily priorities are established and frequently monitored by supervisor.
  • Employee responds to situations requiring immediate attention.
  • Moderate skills.
  • Some knowledge of standardized routines and the ability to follow oral/written instructions involving a number of steps.
  • Must be able to report to work early in the morning, weekends, and holidays for snow removal.
  • Knowledgeable working with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Required Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year experience in grounds gardening and/or nursery

Please note, this position also requires:

  • Valid Colorado’s driver’s license and be insurable under University guidelines.
  • Passing a Pre-Placement Physical

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of all types of landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Familiar working with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software, including WebTMA.

Work Schedule

  • Varied to include evenings, weekends, and holidays

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume or application
  2. Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

Offer of employment is based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check, Motor Vehicle Report (MVR), and pre-placement physical

Department
Facilities - Grounds Operations (64)
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular
Salary
14.05 - 15.59 USD