University of Montana
Facilities Services invites applications for the Groundskeeper I to perform general landscape maintenance, horticulture/floriculture, landscape installations, turf maintenance operations, basic arborist tasks, and hardscape maintenance.General Maintenance Operations Duties:* Performing turf maintenance operations including mowing, dethatching, line trimming, aerating, topdressing, and fertilizing.* Performing landscape maintenance, i.e., assisting with landscape installation, mulching, weeding, assisting with tree planting, digging and trenching, and general clean-up of trash and litter.* Performing turf establishment, sod installations, horticultural procedures, flower planting, and snow removal.Equipment Operation Duties:* Operating the following equipment: various riding mowers, tractors with various implements, dump trucks, side by side utility vehicles, and snow removal equipment.* Performing preventative and minor maintenance on small landscape equipment and hand tools.* Operating walk-behind mowers, rototillers, leaf blowers, chain saws, sod cutters, chippers, snowthrowers, etc., and miscellaneous hand tools are required.Arborist Operations Duties:* Perform the functions of a grounds person in arboricultural operations. This includes: chipping brush, basic rigging, job site clean-up, and assisting arborists as needed.Required Skills* Ability to learn and perform the functions of a grounds person in arboricultural operations.* Ability to establish multilevel, verbal and written, communication with co-workers, contractors, student organizations, trades workers, faculty, staff, and visitor as necessary.* Must possess fundamental computer literacy - required to log data on general office systems format.* Ability to follow oral and written instructions.* Ability and willingness to work outside in any and all weather conditions.* Individual must be a punctual and motivated self-starter with an eye for detail.Physical Requirements(Qualified candidates must be able to meet minimum requirements and perform the primary functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.)* Lifting: Ground to 60 inches, up to 50 pounds. Ground to 30 inches, 80 pounds.* Carrying: Front carry up to 50 pounds for 10 feet or less.* Right and left hand carry up to 75 pounds for wheelbarrow handling.* Pushing and pulling forces required (pushing and pulling materials, and during the use of tools): 100 pounds sustained.* Repetitive squatting on both even and uneven surfaces.* 3 minute overhead work from various positions (standing, crouching, or kneeling).* Static forward bending from a standing, crouching or kneeling position while using tools.* Trunk rotation from a standing or kneeling position.* Balancing when climbing and working on a ladder.* Walking various distances, continuously, throughout the day on even and uneven surfaces.* Use of various grip circumferences and strengths as well as static grip positions during the use of various tools (4 1/2" to 5 1/2" circumference needing an average of 50 pounds of grip force) and while manipulating various work materials (maximum 100 pounds).* Use of foot controls and hand controls to drive and operate light and heavy machinery.Physical Screen will be administered prior to a final offer of employment.Minimum Required Experience* High school diploma (or equivalency) any combination of experience and education that provides the competencies necessary to successfully handle the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.Preferred Qualifications* Two (2) years experience in landscaping, turf maintenance, or arboriculture.* Knowledge of and experience in utilizing hand and power tools associated with landscape maintenance.* Snow removal and ice mitigation experience.* Experience in landscape maintenance equipment operation e.g., Mowers, Tractors, aerators etc.* Knowledge of, and ability to identify a variety of landscape plants.About the Facilities Services and UMThe mission of the Grounds Maintenance Department of Facilities Services is to provide complete landscape services, arboricultural services, facilitate campus landscape installations/renovations, and to perform maintenance services that enhance the entire University of Montana experience. Our Department is responsible for providing a safe environment, while maintaining a high degree of aesthetic quality, and providing for the functional use of the external campus environment for visitors, and the entire campus community.The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the "top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000" by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine's "The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America" in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of "mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.Position DetailsPosition Title: Groundskeeper IPosition Number: 087110Department: Facilities ServicesWork Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week),Monday through Friday, 12 months/year.Salary: $13.750/hr - Current employee's rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department.Union Affiliation: Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE)Probationary Period: Six months minimumBenefits Include: Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).How to ApplyPriority Application Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)Complete applications received by the 'Priority Application Date' will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button belowA complete application Includes:* Letter of Interest - addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position.* Detailed Resume - listing education and describing work experience.* Professional References - names and contact information for three (3) professional references.Need additional help? Check out our UM Jobs FAQ website.