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Groundskeeper II, Facilities Services

University of Montana
Job Location:
Missoula, 59812
Facilities Management
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Job Description

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Staff Vacancy Announcement

The Facilities Services invites applications for a Groundskeeper II to oversee general ground work and provide limited supervision and training of Groundskeeper I, Temps and students. 


  • Participates in regular meetings and safety trainings
  • Works in a safe manner and ensures proper use and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Reports building irregularities to Grounds Manager
  • Performs turf maintenance, landscaping maintenance, general floriculture maintenance and tree maintenance
  • Perform general grounds cleanup including picking up debris, leaf mulching and removal, sweeping
  • Apply fertilization, pesticides and herbicides as an operator under a Pesticide Applicator’s license
  • Adjust and program irrigation clocks, install and repair minor irrigation issues
  • Snow removal including plowing, shoveling, de-icing and applying sand
  • Operation of various hand tools and power tools, light duty equipment and snow removal equipment
  • Ability to operates vehicle with lift as needed
  • Basic knowledge of computers
  • Any additional duties assigned by Grounds Manager
  • Conducting general training including safety, equipment operation, and general equipment procedures
  • Performing routine quality checks to inspect the work completed by others
  • Performing evaluations of student workers
  • Occasional required before/after- hours and weekend work.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge, Skill and Ability required to perform duties and responsibilities of lower-level grounds positions
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and maintain a safe work environment
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Create and maintain a work atmosphere of trust and respect with all team members
  • Work with a variety of diverse groups of individuals effectively
  • Read and follow instructions, safety information, policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated skill in customer service orientation
  • Demonstrated skill in interpersonal, listening and oral communication
  • Demonstrated skill in organization and time-management
  • Knowledge of general labor procedures, tools and equipment

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

  • Knowledge and skill equivalent to a high school education and two (2) years of progressively responsible grounds experience or a combination of experience and education
  • Possess a current driver’s license
  • Ability to work long hours and occasional weekends

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to provide training where appropriate
  • Certification in forklift operations

About the Facilities Services and UM

The Mission of Facilities Services is to assist in the development of a physical environment supportive of teaching, research, and Administration on The University of Montana campus through the operation and maintenance of the state funded Physical Plant, and providing services to the auxiliaries as required. It is also Facilities Services Mission to provide planning and construction services for all of the campus in support of the development and enhancement of the University's Physical Plant. Additionally, Facilities Services is responsible for assuring compliance with all codes related to facilities, construction, renovations, maintenance and operations of all campus facilities. This Mission of support includes long-term preservation of facilities, assets and equipment.

The University of Montana is a flagship, R1 research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains where three rivers converge. 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.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details

Position Title: Groundskeeper II

Position Number: 087300

Department: Facilities Services

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week),

     Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, 12 months/year

Salary: $18.005/hr

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits 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).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply

This position remains OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience
  3. Three (3) Professional References – names and contact information

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