Lakeland University
  • 03-Jan-2019 to 02-Feb-2019 (PST)
  • Plymouth, WI, USA
  • Full Time


The job of Groundskeeper is done for the purpose/s of maintaining the physical plant exterior grounds and equipment in a condition of operating excellence so the full educational use of it may be made at all times;  maintain exterior free of snow and ice; determining repairs that can be accomplished by facilities staff or need to be referred to a contractor; ensuring availability of supplies and equipment are required for job assignments; and ensuring assignments are completed in a safe, proper and timely manner.



GENERAL EXPECTATIONS:           All Lakeland University staff members are expected to:

  • Demonstrate in their words and actions an appreciation for the history of Lakeland University and a commitment to its stated mission;
  • Represent unequivocally in their behavior the stated values of the Institution;
  • Be good stewards of the Institution's resources, including its personnel and the goodwill of its friends, its alumni, and local community;
  • Work collaboratively (as opposed to competitively) with their peers to meet objectives and achieve our goals;
  • Keep their supervisor appropriately informed;
  • Be forthright and honest in their communication with all members of the community;
  • Treat all members in a manner of teamwork and respect;
  • Advise their supervisor with respect to all matters that require their attention, including their own performance.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form.


  • Plant, weed, rake and water the grounds; transplant and mulch as necessary.
  • Prunes annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees using the appropriate techniques according to the plant.
  • Edges, mows, fertilizes lawns, and monitors the watering needs of the grounds; ensures efficient operation of irrigation systems.
  • Implements landscape improvement/renovation projects using appropriate plants and landscape materials.
  • Calculates amounts and applies pesticides according to industry safety procedures; understands and follows material safety data sheets and labels and required emergency treatments for specific chemicals.
  • Identifies common landscape weeds and applies control measures.
  • Maintains pathways and roads, patching pot holes, cleaning drains, and sweeping debris.
  • Installs and removes outdoor signs, parking and traffic control barriers, and overhead banners as required.
  • Uses leaf blowers, turfvacs, other tools or hands to remove trash and debris from grounds.
  • Operate a variety power equipment such as, but not limited to, edger, hedge trimmers, chain saws, aerial lifts, forklifts, snowplows and tractor/loaders as necessary.
  • Sets up the stadium and athletic field for sporting events; assists with marking athletic fields.
  • Assists in the custodial maintenance of the stadium including athletic field and bathrooms after events.
  • Performs repairs to equipment and irrigation sprinklers; may assist in the installation and maintenance of drip irrigation systems; may repair impact sprinkler heads in lawn.
  • Erects scaffolding, rigging and ladders as necessary in a manner consistent with safety codes.
  • Maintain sidewalks, pathways and roads free of snow and ice. Apply deicers as necessary during icy conditions.
  • Shovels and removes snow and ice from designated areas such as roofs, sidewalks, and entryways as required.
  • Repair mowers, tractors, and other small engines.
  • Maintain appropriate service and repair records.
  • Responds to routine and emergency calls for repairs and service.
  • Procures equipment and supplies for the purpose of maintaining inventory and ensuring availability of required items.
  • Transports various items (e.g. tools, equipment, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required at job site.
  • Assists other staff members as required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.
  • Team player required.  Must be able to interact with peers, management, and administration in a constantly evolving environment for the purpose of completing projects/work orders in a timely manner.
  • Direct the work of student workers.
  • Ability to use a computer. Competent in Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Possess a valid (Class D) Wisconsin driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to complete the following training as required but not limited to: hazardous communication, forklift  and aerial lift operation, lock out tag out, fall arrest, confined space, MSDS, asbestos and lead identification, ladder safety, emergency evacuation, respirator training.
  • Ability to mentor fellow staff to enhance their performance, development and productivity.
  • Ability to work in fast paced, rapidly changing environment and a STRONG work ethic and desire to learn.
  • May be subject to bending, reaching, kneeling, stooping and lifting up to seventy (70) pounds.
  • Frequently required to work under inclement weather conditions.
  • Normal job schedule is first shift Mon Fri.  Ability to work variable schedules including weekends, nights, and day shifts as required to complete the work in a safe, proper and timely manner with little disruption as possible to the campus community.


  • Full tuition remission for candidate, spouse, and dependents.
  • Two-week's vacation upon hire.
  • Two-weeks paid sick time.
  • 12 paid holidays.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Life Insurance.
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan.



Lakeland University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator.

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