Landscape Worker/Groundskeeper

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 12-May-23

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR21817

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

Job Summary:

Transport materials and/or equipment and perform duties consistent with the maintenance of the grounds and campus landscape areas in accordance with University standards and procedures for University buildings or properties.


  • Weeds turf areas, ground cover, and flowerbeds.

  • Prunes trees and shrubs.

  • Mows and trims turf areas, rakes and removes leaves; inspects areas keeps them free of trash and debris.

  • Performs landscape renovations such as seeding, sodding, mulch installation, and small tree removal.

  • Removes snow from walks, drives, parking lots, steps and building entrances. Applies anti-icing and de-icing compounds to paved areas.

  • Picks up items such as rubbish, furniture or equipment and transports to specified destination for delivery or disposal.

  • Works with garbage contractor to complete the removal of garbage and debris from University sites.

  • Empties garbage cans throughout campus and disposes of bags at designated University site.

  • Operates all mechanized equipment consistent with the maintenance of grounds.

  • Drives any and all University supplied vehicles.

  • Assists in special events.

  • Performs maintenance and repairs to ground sprinklers, boxes, and heads.

  • Maintains shop supplied power tools, hand tools, and equipment.

  • Helps introduce new employees to shop protocol, procedures and campus applications and equipment.

  • Requisitions materials and supplies using in-house procedures as needed. Keeps working area safe and clean.

  • Wears and/or uses appropriate safety equipment.

  • Uses computers to enter and access job related information.

  • Undertakes training related to job duties as deemed necessary by the University.

  • Performs related job duties as may be assigned.

Education, Experience, or Certifications:


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required.

  • College degree in Horticulture, Landscape Services or related degree is preferred.


  • Two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of position-related education and experience is required.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Current valid driver's license and the ability to successfully complete the Universityâ™s Motor Vehicle Record Check process, and other licenses or certificates needed for this position as required by law required. 

  • Required to obtain an Illinois Pesticide Operatorâ™s license within six months of employment.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to access computer programs and use or learn basic computer operations related to position requirements. 

  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret documents.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical functions relevant to the position.

  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve.

  • Completion of job-related apprenticeship program is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in working on irrigation systems preferred.

  • Advanced job-related training programs is preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Must demonstrate mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity and be physically capable of strenuous activity over extended periods of time. 

  • Must be able to lift and move loads appropriate to job requirements and be able to bend and work in a kneeling position for periods of time.

  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders, be capable of working at heights as required, be able to enter and work within tight spaces, and be able to withstand hot and cold temperatures.

Pay Range:

  • $26.74 per hour

Required Documents:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via the Applicant Inquiry Form.

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