Groundskeeper - PART-TIME

Apply now Position Number: 987006
Work Type: Staff/Classified AFSCME
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Part-time
Home Org/Dept: Care Of Grounds - Kent Campus [100411]

Job Title:


Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, OH


 $15.30 - $15.99 (6 month rate)

Basic Function:

Performs grounds maintenance functions. Reports to Groundskeeper Crew Leader, Groundskeeping Supervisor, or other designated supervisor.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Mows, trims, and edges lawns; weeds and waters lawns and flower beds; prunes trees and shrubs; plants and transplants trees, shrubs, ground cover, and flowers; operates hand and chain saw to cut trees and wood.

Operates various equipment and motor vehicles in performance of job duties (e.g., garden tractors, power mowers, etc.).

Applies insecticides and fertilizers to control insects and disease and promote growth of lawns, trees, shrubs, and flower beds; applies top soil; prepares surfaces for seeding or sodding; mows, aerates, drags, lays out, lines, and paints athletic fields; seeds and sods lawns.

Keeps grounds clean; picks up papers and other debris, rakes leaves, operates vacuum sweeper to clean sidewalks and parking lots when necessary.

Removes snow and ice using snow blower, snow thrower, hand shovel, and/or broom; applies salt and/or sand to snow and ice.

May drive vehicle to pick up and deliver materials, equipment, and personnel; performs routine maintenance of tools and grounds equipment (e.g., cleans, paints, oils, sharpens, etc.); performs routine building maintenance and custodial duties, as assigned.

May train and direct student employees or employees in a lower pay grade in University grounds procedures; may participate in training new employees.

May assist skilled tradespersons as assigned.

Performs related duties as required.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

A minimum of six months experience in groundskeeping.


Valid Ohio driver's license with safe driving record, if required by position.May require pesticide applicator's license or be able to successfully complete requirements for license during probationary period.

Knowledge Of:

Grounds maintenance (e.g., applying sprays, planting, pruning, trimming, transplanting, etc.)

Skill In:

Use of hand and power tools
Operating and maintaining various types of grounds maintenance equipment (e.g., power mower, garden tractor, chain saw, sod cutter, rotary tiller, snow thrower)

Ability To:

Demonstrate physical dexterity and lift 100 pounds
Read (e.g., work orders, product labels), write (e.g., repair orders), and accurately follow oral and written instructions
Apply safety practices
Perform basic mathematics (e.g., add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and calculate percentages)

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:



Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Works primarily outdoors; exposed to variable temperatures and weather conditions, dirt, dust, fumes, odors, chemicals, loud equipment noise, and potentially dangerous equipment (e.g., power mower, garden tractor); requires considerable physical exertion to include frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds (e.g., fertilizer, shrubs), occasional lifting of up to 100 pounds (e.g., trees, barrels of soil), and extended periods of kneeling, stooping, standing and walking; may work varied hours and shifts to include early mornings and evenings; requires on- and off-campus travel.

Working Schedule:

 Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; however, schedule may vary to meet departmental needs.

Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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