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Groundskeeper/Tractor Operator

Apply now Job no: 495927
Work type: Full Time
Location: Jacksonville (Main Campus)
Categories: Custodial / Grounds / Maintenance, Staff


Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance

Requested Start Date:

August 15, 2022

Normal Work Schedule:

7:30am-4:30 Monday-Friday, Call maybe required



Job Summary:

The Groundskeeper Tractor Operator performs lawn and grounds work of a routine and unskilled nature. While specific tasks will vary with the season, responsibilities will always pertain to University grounds care and maintenance, and be performed primarily out of doors in all weather conditions. The Groundskeeper Tractor Operator must have a knowledge of motorized equipment and hand/power tools. Work, which is subject to frequent inspection, will be assigned in detail by an immediate supervisor and may occasionally include executing semi-skilled tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cuts grass using farm tractor or lawn tractor. 
  • Performs basic maintenance on tractors, such as changing oil, filters, and fueling. 
  • Poisons grass and weeds using back pack sprayer.
  • Uses weed eater to remove weeds and grass from sidewalks and edges of buildings.
  • Operates chain saw to cut trees or limbs.
  • Operates mowers, hedge trimmers, weed eaters, sprayers, and related tools in grounds care tasks.
  • Picks up trash and debris on campus grounds, removes trash, leaves and debris from curbs, gutters and drains using rakes, shovel and leaf blower.
  • Plants grass, cleans out flower beds, and spreads fertilizer or dirt/soil to fill flower beds or uneven areas on grounds.
  • Drives University vehicle on and off-campus to transport tools, equipment and supplies from one location to another, or to dispose of trash/leaves.
  • Cleans rooms or areas where tools and equipment are stored.
  • Stands, walks, stoops, knells, squats and bends for extended periods of time and on different terrains. 
  • Lifts, moves, and transports mowers (approximate weight - 125 lbs.) to campus locations.
  • Carries leaf blowers, weed eaters, and backpack weed sprayers (approximate weight - 25 lbs.) in transport and uses for extended periods of time.
  • Climbs extension ladders to clean roofs and drains.
  • Cleans blades of mowers, leaf blowers, and other equipment used.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school graduation or equivalent required.
  • Experience in the operation of tractors and mowing equipment required.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Employee Benefits:

JSU strives to provide great quality of life to our employees through an attractive, competitive benefits package for our full-time faculty and staff. These benefits enhance your salary as a JSU employee and are part of your total compensation package.  Benefits include:

  • Retirement Plans
    • Alabama Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS)
    • RSA-1 Deferred Compensation
    • 403-B Retirement Annuity (TIAA)
  • Health Insurance
    • Medical (PEEHIP)
    • Optional plans:  vision, dental, flexible spending plan, dependent care, cancer and hospital indemnity
  • Long-term disability and life insurance
  • Tuition assistance
  • Paid and unpaid leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Prescription assistance

For additional information regarding benefits, please visit our website.

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