Landscape Worker

Updated: 20 days ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


FS Maintenance Services

Position Overview

This position is responsible for performing manual work in the support of maintenance tasks and activities in grounds keeping.  The work includes participation in planting, pruning, application of chemicals for fertilization and pest control, general maintenance and other elements of the full range of horticultural work, including the operation of work issued vehicles, light trucks or other mechanized equipment. Routine assignments may be performed independently. May be required on occasion to work with a variety of skilled-trades craft workers.
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Schedule: Monday to Friday 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Job Description

55% - Turf: Mows turf areas with string trimmers, hand and riding mowers. Prepares areas by removing trash and weeds, arranging flower-bed edges, sidewalks, etc. Assists in irrigation of turf. Assists in the application of chemical fertilizers, and pest control agents. Prepares mowers in-field, and in-shop by performing minor maintenance such as changing oil, spark-plugs, replacing belts, sharpening blades, etc. Operates weed-eaters, and edgers in finish work on turf prior to and after mowing. Assists in the laying of sod. Operates tractors and other machinery as well as performs hand work in the preparation of seed beds for the seeding of turf areas. Assists in the seeding of turf. Keeps simple records associated with the maintenance of equipment and turf areas.

30% - General: Plants flower-beds. Rakes leaves. Rakes grass, removes weeds from flower-beds, and other building approaches. Hand waters areas such as flower-beds. Pick-up trash. Applies chemical fertilizers and pest controls to flower-beds, shrubs and tree plantings. Digs holes, moves loads and otherwise assists in the planting of trees and shrubs. Prunes trees and shrubs. Loads and transports plants, trees and shrubs to installation sites using trucks, tractors and other equipment. Operates leaf vacuums. Operates snow blowers. Grades and levels planting sites using hand and power tools, and tractors. Removes snow and ice from sidewalks, steps and stairs and ramp approaches to buildings.  Performs detailed weed and trash cleaning and plant maintenance of specific areas on a routine or as assigned basis.

10% - Related: completes necessary paper work and record keeping. Informs supervisor of status of work projects. Adjusts ventilation on plants. Weeds, cleans, prunes plant materials and otherwise maintains tree/shrub/plant nursery. Performs minor equipment maintenance projects as assigned.

5% - Performs other work as assigned.

Required Qualifications

1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and throughout the term of employment.
Position Requirements:

1. Reach, grasp, lift, carry, and place moderately heavy loads frequently, and heavy loads
occasionally (50 lbs) with or without reasonable accommodation.
2. Work in temperature extremes, both hot and cold - typically outdoors.
3. Work overtime and respond to after-hours emergencies as necessary.
4. Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Six months of experience in landscape, grounds, crop production and/or horticultural maintenance.
2. Working knowledge of standard equipment used in landscape and grounds maintenance.
3. Experience maintaining small motor equipment.
4. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
5. Knowledge of safety procedures while working around mechanized construction and maintenance equipment.

Contact Information to Applicants

Jeff Haley 785-864-0075

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application will include your current contact information including email, phone number and your previous work experience including dates of employment. 

Review of applications will begin September 21, 2020 and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified. 

Advertised Salary Range

starting at $24,000

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Anticipated Start Date


Work Location

University of Kansas - Lawrence

Employee Class

B-University Support Staff

Work Schedule

Monday to Friday 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Job Family

Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL


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