Career Opportunities

Facilities Management


Posting Date

12/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

Position Information

Title:  Groundskeeper

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Grounds Supervisor and is responsible for maintaining, renovating, and improving the campus landscape and surrounding areas. Responsibilities include pruning and fertilizing woody plants and trees on the campus. Mowing turf and miscellaneous green spaces with large, commercial-grade equipment. Assist in asphalt repairs on campus roads, trails, and parking lots. This position must safely operate all grounds related equipment, turf equipment, and snow removal equipment. Must possess skills to perform general maintenance and assist grounds mechanics in repairs of all types of equipment and trucks. Knowledge and safe operating skills of different types and sizes of chainsaws is required. This position requires knowledge of best pest management practices and safe pesticide and herbicide applications. Other responsibilities include maintaining accurate records, assist with training and direction of 8 to 10 part-time employees, including students, volunteers, and temporary employees. Provide technical support to all other staff members on all site work projects and grounds related workloads or tasks.

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Mow, trim, rake, edge, aerate and water lawns.
  • Pick up and dispose of litter, leaves, branches and other miscellaneous outdoor debris.
  • Plant and prune trees and shrubs.
  • Weed, install edging, and mulch shrub beds.
  • Assist in maintenance of flowerbeds.
  • Seed and sod lawn.
  • Apply fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides as directed.
  • Use and safely operate power equipment such as commercial duty riding and push lawnmowers, tractors, skid loaders, dump and pickup trucks, rakes, chainsaws, string trimmers, mini excavator, tree spade, line painter, asphalt repair equipment, pickups with salt/sander attachments, sweepers/brooms, pay loaders, and snow blowers.
  • Use hand tools according to safety guidelines.
  • Operate and maintain irrigation systems including root feeders, pumps, engines, valves, etc.
  • Inspect, clean and perform routine operator maintenance on the above equipment.
  • Assist Arboretum Coordinator in maintenance duties of Arboretum.
  • Direct student workers and temporary employees
  • Prepare grounds and related outdoor amenities for snow season. Return to prior state in spring.
  • Plow, brush and/or shovel snow from roads, sidewalks and parking lots.
  • Manually or mechanically spread sand and/or salt.
  • Install and repair signs, fences, benches, bike racks, etc.
  • Assistant with concrete installation and removal.
  • Assist with asphalt repairs and crack filling.
  • Assist in maintenance and care of campus Athletic fields.
  • Assist with campus storm water maintenance. 



  • High School Diploma/GED at time of application
  • 2 years in commercial lawn care field and actively utilizing commercial grade lawn care equipment
  • 2 years of using commercial machine for snow removal and deicing


  • Associates Degree in horticultural sciences or related field
  • 5 years of maintaining commercial lawns, trees, perennial plants, and commercial grade lawn equipment
The successful candidate will have exceptional oral, written, interpersonal, organizational, time-management, computer, proofreading, and customer service skills; the ability to communicate with diverse constituents; and the willingness to work independently, as well as part of a collaborative team. This position requires the ability to manage multiple deadlines, projects, and priorities with attention to detail and exceptional accuracy; show excellent judgment, including sensitivity to personal and confidential information; and demonstrate flexibility and the ability to adapt to ongoing change. Good work habits, such as attendance, punctuality, accountability, thoroughness, and resourcefulness, are essential for this position.

Conditions of Appointment

Position is a full-time University Staff appointment. The work hours for this position will be 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A criminal conviction investigation and pre-work screen examination will be conducted on the finalist(s). A six-month probationary period is required for this position. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.


Hourly salary of $14.00. This position is not exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement Plan.

To Apply

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Job Search" screen,

  • Click in "Keywords" box.
  • Enter Job Opening ID "13782"
  • Click "Search."
  • Select "Groundskeeper"
  • Click "Apply."
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications for the essential job functions
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references

You must select "Submit Application." Selecting "Save as Draft " or "Exit" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Human Resources
Phone: (920) 465-2390

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, January 1, 2018.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

For more information regarding the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the surrounding area, see our Campus and Community section. For Campus Safety information see our Office of Public Safety website and our Annual Security Report (for a paper copy please contact the Office of Human Resources at (920) 465-2390). This report includes statistics about reported crimes, as well as information about crime prevention and campus security policies and procedures.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.