Apply now Position Number: 991000
Work Type: Staff/Classified AFSCME
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Care Of Grounds - Kent Campus [100411]

Job Title:

Equipment Operator I

Physical Location:

 Kent Campus - Kent, OH


 $17.51 - $18.27  (6 month rate)

Basic Function:

Maintains campus grounds to include, snow and ice management, lawn maintenance, landscaping, leaf collection, excavation, tree-work, etc.. Reports to 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: 

Operates equipment such as zero turn mower, compact tractors, UTVs, full size tractors, dump trucks, snow plows, leaf collector, front-end loaders, hydro-seeder, refuse trucks, bucket truck, street sweeper, compact tracked/skid steer loader, and weed sprayers.

Performs snow and ice management to include, spreading salt or sand, plowing snow, pre-treating hardscape.

Maintains campus lawns to include, mowing and repairing grass (hydro-seeding), and slope mowing.

Creates or reduces landscape beds, apply chemicals, hardscape repair and installation.

Collects and blows leaves.

Assists in excavation work to include, shoring, labor, measuring/spotting, and utility location.

Plants, trims, and removes trees.

Cleans and repairs streets, cleans catch basins and exterior drains.

Performs general labor and maintenance functions; loads and unloads freight; rigging; arranges stock in warehouse; repairs guardrails; moves equipment. May drive a truck with tow trailer to haul equipment and supplies to pick up and deliver materials, equipment, and personnel.

Makes minor repairs and adjustments to equipment; checks and services equipment; greases and oils machinery; checks tires and lights.

Performs traffic control for roadway, utility and tree work zones.

Assists skilled tradespersons as necessary.

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

Performs departmental related duties as required.


Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

A minimum of six months experience operating motorized equipment.


Must possess valid Ohio driver's license with safe driving record or Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with proper endorsements and safe driving record, if assigned to operate vehicles regulated by Section 4506.01 of Ohio Revised Code or obtain as soon as possible with extension up to 6 months from date of hire.  Individuals will be subject to controlled substance/alcohol testing in positions where such is required by federal regulations.

Knowledge Of:

Appropriate safety practices *
Excavation procedures and best practices
Chainsaw operation and maintenance

Skill In:

Operating and maintaining various types of grounds maintenance equipment (e.g., mower, tractor, chain saw, sod cutter, rotary tiller, snow thrower, dump truck, refuse truck, street sweeper, tracked skid steer, front end loader, bucket truck, hydroseeder etc.) *
Utilizing mobile and stationary computer devices for data input (e.g., iPad, iPod, laptop, desktop)
Use of hand and power tools *

Ability To:

Demonstrate physical dexterity and lift 100 pounds *
Apply safety practices
Read (e.g., work orders, service and operation manuals, blueprints), write (e.g., repair requests), and accurately follow oral and written instructions
Perform basic mathematics (e.g., add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and to calculate area and volume, and percentages, calculate and estimate materials ) *
Perform maintenance within the scope of operators/owners manual

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:



Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which may require assessments. Assessments could take the form of interview questions, a request to provide work samples or a written or practical test to assess job related competencies.

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Works primarily outdoors; exposed to variable temperatures and weather conditions, dirt, dust, grease, steam, chemicals, loud equipment noise, odors, and potentially dangerous equipment (e.g., tractors, front-end loaders); requires considerable physical exertion to include frequent lifting of up to 75 pounds (e.g., jackhammer, tools, etc.), occasional lifting of up to 100 pounds, and extended periods of sitting and standing; may work varied hours and shifts to include weekends, evenings, and holidays; may be called to work in emergency situations; requires on- and off-campus travel.

Working Schedule:

 Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m.  - 3:30 p.m.; however, hours 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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Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco is not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit<>.


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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