Under minimal direction from Foreman, Assistant Foreman and Lead Workers, performs general landscape and grounds maintenance function as assigned, including but not limited to those listed below. Coordinates and implements various landscape maintenance and related projects. Identifies, prepares and applies pesticide materials. May provide direction for specific tasks to Groundskeepers and Utility Workers with supervisor instruction. Maintains assigned work areas and related equipment in a clean, safe and operable condition.
Flower bed maintenance: directing and installing plant material, weeding beds, and watering.
Landscape construction: provides general direction to others, installs tree and shrub plantings, site preparation, plan removal and general cleanup.
Turf maintenance: mowing, seeding, sodding, edging of sidewalks and watering.
Small equipment operation: lawn mowing equipment, snow blowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, bulb drills, walk-behind aerators. Drives University vehicles including those requiring a commercial driver's license - Class B.
General landscape maintenance: lawn mowing, watering, weeding and cultivating. Detailed hedge trimming and pruning of different plant materials. General landscape cleanup and leaf removal.
Snow and ice removal: includes the use of shovels, small snow brooms and snowplows.
Refuse removal: carrying garbage cans and picking up trash from campus areas.
Special event setups for University departments.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Three or more years of professional landscape or grounds maintenance experience.
Must maintain a valid Commercial Drivers License Class “B”
High School diploma or equivalent combination of educational training and experience.
Must be a member of Local 681 or join after one month of employment.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge of landscape maintenance. Proficient in plan identification. The ability to operate all landscape related equipment.
Physical ability to work in cramped quarters, climb ladders, and work from equipment high off the ground.
Physical ability to lift and maneuver weight of up to 50 pounds.
Dexterity necessary for the use of tools, manipulation of materials, and the operation of motorized equipment.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Associates or Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field
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.
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