The Facilities Management unit of the Division of Facilities and Services at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Landscape Worker position. Under the direction of the Supervisor and/or Lead, this position will maintain and care for the exterior appearance of institutional buildings, lawns, plantings and grounds surrounding the campus. This work involves adhering to established standard procedures, techniques and safety requirements with some judgment required to interpret instructions.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Mow, seed, and aerate lawns and turf; trim and edge as needed; water lawns, shrubs and ornamental gardens; remove and dispose of debris throughout grounds area.
Take care of plants, shrubs and flowers located throughout campus, including preparing grounds and beds for planting and seeding, taking soil samples, reporting pest problems hauling and spreading topsoil and other additives, planting ornamentals, flowers, shrubs and trees, and trimming and pruning landscaping.
Interpret blueprints or follows verbal and written instructions in performing skilled landscape maintenance and construction.
Operate, service and maintain all grounds maintenance equipment such as trucks, tractors, large seeders, riding mowers, snow removal equipment, skid loaders, end loaders and tiltbed trucks.
Operate, service and maintain hand tools, power tools and equipment such as weedeaters, lawnmowers, roto-tillers, chain saws, fertilizer spreaders, small seeders, sod cutters, walk-behind sweepers, vacs and turf renovators.
Assist in the planting, staking and removal of trees as needed.
Set up plant material for use at Special Events.
Remove snow and spread de-icers on on all public passagesways by means of hand tools, power brooms, tractors and trucks.
Must be able to respond to emergency situations on all occasions and must be available for telephone contact during all emergency and environmentally unsafe conditions.
The Division of Facilities and Services encompasses two units that are integral to the University's success. Our units employ talented and skilled workers whose jobs range from maintaining, protecting and improving the University's buildings and grounds. Facilities and Services takes care of every aspect of WVU so that its employees, students and guests are safe and satisfied on campus.
Work Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; days vary
Pay Grade: 10 , WVU provides competitive wages for its employees, and takes experience and related education into consideration when determining appropriate salary
High School diploma, GED, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
At least one (1) year of work experience in areas such as: heavy equipment operation, farm operations and equipment use, highway maintenance, building construction, public works, and park maintenance.
Experience in grounds maintenance and lawn care within a commercial and/or residential environment is preferred.
Valid driver's license
Physical requirements include:
Lifting at least 50 pounds
Ability to work on feet for extended periods
Climbing, stooping, bending and working from ladders
Working in confined spaces
Employee must use landscape construction and maintenance equipment on steep slopes and in close proximity to students, faculty, staff and buildings on campus
Must have excellent eye to hand coordination
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/ .
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Jan 19, 2021
Posting Classification: Classified
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 218905
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.