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Roads & Grounds Trades Specialist I (Construction) - Facilities & Services

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Facilities Management


The Facilities Management unit of the Division of Facilities and Services is accepting applications for a Trades Specialist I within Roads and Grounds. Under the supervision of the supervisor and/or lead, this position shall perform skilled landscape construction duties.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:

  • 37.5-hour work week
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 15 annual leave (vacation) days per year or more based on years of service (employee leave)
  • 18 sick days per year

    (for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
  • Wellness programs

Work Hours:7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pay Grade: 13,WVU provides competitive wages for its employees, and takes experience and related education into consideration when determining appropriate salary.

What you'll do:

  • Operate equipment such as payloaders, backhoes, road grader, dozers, asphalt pavers, rollers, forklifts, crane trucks, large dump trucks, sanitation vehicles, landscape equipment, and skid loaders. Operates tractors, lawn maintenance equipment, and power tools needed to perform landscape construction and maintenance.
  • Install, constructs, and maintains landscape structures while using materials such as concrete, bituminous concrete, flagstone, field stone, sculptured stone, brick, blocks, pavers, retaining wall blocks, and landscape timbers.
  • Apply sealers, anti-spalling compounds, adhesives, etc. in performing normal duties. This includes the finishing of concrete according to standard practices and procedures.
  • Perform landscaping tasks including the planting of trees and ornamental shrubs. Seeds and slices lawns, aerates, fertilizes, and applies soil amendments using tractors and power equipment. Follows verbal or written instructions and interprets blueprints that pertain to landscape construction.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, steps, roads, and parking lots by means of trucks, tractors, power brooms, and hand tools.
  • Be able to respond to emergency situations on all occasions and must be available for telephone contact during all emergency and unsafe environmental conditions.
  • Perform repairs on all equipment as needed. Complete service and maintenance on equipment and trucks such as greasing, oil changes, etc. Assists the mechanics with major repairs.
  • Maintain cleanliness of assigned areas by mechanical or hand methods.
  • Fabricate parts and performs repairs on grounds equipment using torches, welders, lathes, drill presses, and other shop equipment as required.
  • Assist in the upkeep of maintenance records for trucks and grounds equipment.
  • Provide for the proper preventive maintenance of all equipment including such things as oil, fuel, belts, tires, batteries, brake adjustments, reel adjustments, greasing, etc. required on a daily basis for all Roads & Grounds equipment.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on all equipment involving daily and/or weekly inspections.
  • Perform duties as needed to complete seasonal change over on all trucks and equipment.


  • Vocational or technical training of up to 18 months beyond High School in masonry, carpentry, or mechanicsor an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least two (2) years of directly related grounds maintenance experience within a commercial environment.
  • Atleast two (2) years of experience operating all types of ground equipment such as mowers, spreaders, and loaders, etc.


  • Commercial Driver's License
  • Class B License
  • Work requires simple hand/eye operations and some accuracy and regularity of motions, such as set-up and operation of basic instruments and equipment, and/or the occasional use of standard hand or power tools with minimal speed requirements.
  • Ability to perform heavy lifting, bending, walking, standing, carrying, and climbing stairs daily.
  • Perform digging as needed.
  • Able to operate equipment on rough, steep terrain for long periods of time as needed.

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit View current career opportunities at

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Sep 21, 2022

Posting Classification: Classified

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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