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*Grounds Keeper I

Victoria College

Job Description

Position Summary

Victoria College's Physical Plant Department is recruiting for a full-time Grounds Keeper I.  This position is responsible for working with a team to water, mow, and maintain campus grounds as directed.  Responsible for planting and maintaining trees, shrubs and flowerbeds.   Responsible for maintaining irrigation systems.  Will also sweep parking lots and roadways, pick up trash, and assist on other projects as directed.  Work is primarily outdoors and will involve the use of power equipment.  This position requires passing a post-offer physical and drug screen.

Victoria College embraces equity and inclusion and has been a respected community partner in the Crossroads region since 1925 and continues to offer quality, affordable educational opportunities to help our students achieve their dreams.  

Victoria has a low cost of living with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

This position is benefits eligible. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. In the capacity as a Groundskeeper I, performs grounds keeping work and follows routine instructions to maintain grounds in an attractive condition;
  2. Responsible for inspecting all areas of campus grounds for trash and removing the trash;
  3. Responsible for general grounds maintenance including trash pick-up, sidewalk sweeping & cleaning, and other outdoor grounds maintenance;
  4. Responsible for lawn mowing and lawn care; work will involve the use of riding/walk behind lawnmowers, edger, weed eater/string trimmer, and leaf blowers;
  5. Responsible for planting and maintaining trees, shrubs and plants; work will involve the use of chainsaws, pruning saw, and miscellaneous hand tools;
  6. Additional responsibilities will include installing and maintaining lawn irrigation systems.
  7. May assist the Supervisor of Grounds Keeping and/or the Grounds Keeping Crew Leader with the  safe application of fertilizers and pesticides; Reads and follows label and directions
  8. May occasionally assist other crews with general maintenance and events set-up & takedown;
  9. Receives supervision and instructions from the Supervisor of Grounds Keeping and/or the Grounds Keeping Crew Leader;
  10. May receive in-the-field corrective directions from a Groundskeeper II;
  11. Performs related work as assigned.

Qualifications

  1. Must have a minimum of one year full-time grounds keeping experience. Military service and demonstrable knowledge of lawn care and equipment may be substituted for one year of full-time experience.
  2. Experience must include lawn care, with knowledge of the care and maintenance of trees, shrubs and ornamental plants.
  3. Must have knowledge or ability to learn how to safely and efficiently operate lawn maintenance equipment including, hand tools, lawn mowers, zero-turn mowers, utility cart, edger, weed eater/string trimmer, and backpack blower.
  4. Must have the ability to safely push, pull, carry or regularly lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds frequently and 75 pounds occasionally.        Work conditions will require walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching, and kneeling.    Must have the ability for reaching and stooping frequently.
  5. Must have the ability to climb and work from ladders.
  6. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  7. Willingness to work with lawn fertilizers, dust, fumes and odors associated with outdoor environment and to wear safety and protective equipment as needed.
  8. Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees.
  9. Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  10. High School diploma or GED.
  11. Must be able to read and follow directions on pesticide labels and other safety information.
  12. Must possess a smart phone or other approved device and agree to install and utilize the ExakTime Mobile App to capture and record all employee time records.

Physical Demands

  1. Must have the ability to safely push, pull, carry or regularly lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds frequently and 75 pounds occasionally. Work conditions will require walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching, and kneeling.   
  2. Must have the ability for reaching and stooping frequently.
  3. Must have the ability to climb and work from ladders.
  4. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

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