Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania Facilities Division invites applicants for the position for the Groundskeeper in the Grounds Department. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The Grounds Maintenance Department maintains 300 acres of University grounds. Our groundskeepers, equipment operators, and supervisory staff are dedicated to providing exceptional service. This position provides manual work in the maintenance of the University grounds including lawn, shrubbery, mulched bed, tree, hardscape, parking lot, sidewalk, step, and ramp maintenance.
Mowing, seeding, fertilizing, grass clipping, string trimming, aeration, sodding, and topdressing of lawns
Mulching, planting, and transplanting, weeding, edging, watering, fertilizing shearing and pruning shrubbery, mulched beds, and trees.
Snow plowing, shoveling and salt spreading,
Operation of riding and push lawn mowers, snow blower, skid loader, chain saw and similar various hand tools and vehicles within driver’s license certification.
Lining of fields for WCU club events and maintain edges to be level with turf.
Litter and debris removal to keep storm drain grates open for roadway, parking lots, sidewalks, steps, and sidewalk ramps.
Emptying, removing, and replacing trash/recycle cans and cigarette urns as directed.
Cleaning and maintaining tools, equipment, materials, and supplies.
As a Facilities Division Employee that person is deemed “essential” and must remain or report to work during partial or full day closings of the University due to hazardous road conditions, emergency circumstances or for other reasons.
Selection Criteria: Minimum Education & Training:
One year of experience in groundskeeping work and completion of the eighth grade OR
Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of groundskeeping and simple horticultural practices.
Knowledge of the care of lawns, flowers, trees, and common shrubs.
Knowledge of the potential hazards of toxic chemical pesticides and herbicides, and the safety precautions required to minimize these hazards.
Ability to interpret pesticide and herbicide label directions and related literature.
Ability to maintain and make ordinary repairs to machinery, equipment and improvements, such as walks, lanes parking places, sheds, and benches.
Ability to lay out and participate in planting, watering, sodding, spraying and trimming and cleaning work in lawns, gardens and walks.
Good physical condition to permit long hours of outdoor physical labor.
Ability to operate simple machines.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to lift and move heavy objects.
This position requires frequent bending, stooping, squatting and kneeling to plant, mulch and weed beds. Applicants must be able to carry 30 lb. buckets of paint; handle 50 lb. bags of fertilizer and ice melt; push a 100-lb. mower; reach forward to trim a hedge or operate a jackhammer; shovel up to 20 lbs. of wet snow and work outside under severe weather conditions.
The University offers an excellent benefits package including tuition fee waivers for self and dependents. Advancement opportunity.
Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU's educational mission. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
.All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.
Internal Number: 21-116
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.