The Utility Worker, under close supervision from Foreman, Assistant Foreman and Lead Workers, performs semi-skilled tasks below the journeyman level in the building trades and general landscape and grounds maintenance functions as assigned, including but not limited to those listed below. The position maintains assigned work areas and related equipment in a clean, safe and operable condition.
General landscape maintenance: lawn mowing, weeding, watering, and assisting groundskeepers with cleanup following pruning of different plant materials. General landscape cleanup and leaf removal;
Refuse removal: emptying garbage cans and picking up trash from campus areas;
Small equipment operation: lawn-mowing equipment, snow blowers, leaf blowers. May be required to drive University vehicles
Turf maintenance: mowing, edging of sidewalks and watering;
Flower bed maintenance: assisting groundskeepers with weeding beds and watering;
Special event setups for University departments;
Landscape construction: under close supervision by groundskeepers, assists with tree and shrub planting, site preparation, plant removal and general cleanup;
Snow and ice removal: clearing snow and ice from walks and steps, small snow broom operation and other related tasks;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Must maintain a valid Driver's license.
Some experience performing semi-skilled manual tasks related to building trades and grounds and/or one year of professional landscape or grounds maintenance experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Physical ability to work in cramped quarters, climb ladders and work from equipment high off ground level. Physical ability to lift and maneuver heavy weights up to 50 pounds. Dexterity necessary for the use of tools, manipulation of materials, and the operation of motorized equipment.
General knowledge of the tools, equipment, methods, and safety practices related to building trades or landscape maintenance and grounds services.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
High school diploma or the equivalent combination of educational training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired preferred.
Some post high school course work related to horticulture, and familiarity with the operation of associated equipment are preferred.
Must be a member of Local 681 or join after one month of employment.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33547
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.