Groundskeeper I

Benedictine University Lisle, IL

Job Title: Groundskeeper I

Department: Facilities Management

Reports to: Manager, Grounds and Landscaping Services

Supervises: This is a non-management position.

Position Summary: The Groundskeeper I position is responsible for performing landscaping and grounds services on the Lisle campus.

Essential Job Responsibilities:


· Maintain campus exterior turf, hardscape, landscape, mulch beds, gardens, retention ponds, signage, fencing, roadways, parking lots, sidewalks and others as directed.

· Provide all lawn mowing and general turf care for the campus grounds.

· Trimming and care of trees, shrubs, and other plant material on campus.

· Seasonally install annual flowers.

· Support mulch installation as directed.

· Ensure proper uses and coverage of the campus irrigation system.

· Provide edging of mulch beds, sidewalks, and other areas as directed.

· Support weed, leaf, and grass clipping control throughout the campus grounds.

· Support the maintenance of all campus retention ponds, rain gardens, swales, and culverts as directed.

· Provide daily removal of litter throughout the campus grounds. Empty campus exterior trash receptacles.

· Support furniture relocation, package delivery, and event setup as directed.

· Install annual exterior Christmas lights and décor.

· Snow removal on all roads, parking lots, and walkways.

· Immediately report campus problems to manager, verbally or in writing.

· Maintain the value, operating efficiency, and physical appearance of the campus.

· Provide support during the winter months with snow removal throughout the University including shoveling and operating of snow equipment.

· Maintain storage rooms, equipment rooms and other areas in a clean and organized condition.

· Support all University events, including premium occurrences such as Graduation, Homecoming, and high profile student enrollment events. These events may create blackout periods and extended business hours.

· Present a professional personal appearance, wearing proper uniforms and personal protective equipment, and other safety gear that reflects the University image and brand.

· Perform other related duties as assigned.


· Always provide exceptional, and consistent levels of customer service to all faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors.

· Excellent interpersonal communication skills between coworkers and managers.

· Actively participate in team meetings.

· Communicate via phone, and in person in a timely and professional manner.

· Overall communication style must be responsive, and service oriented.

· Work with coworkers and management to provide effective repairs and preventative maintenance throughout the campus.

· Communicate with management regarding material, and tool needs.

Minimum Job Requirements:

Education: High School Graduate

Experience: 1-3 years minimum experience in grounds or landscaping services.

Specific Skills:

· Safely utilize heavy equipment, including aerial lifts, scissors lifts, manlifts, and others to support events and cleaning as directed, following proper OSHA procedures.

· Able to lift, push, pull and carry a minimum weight of approximately 50lbs.

· Able to stand for long periods of time.

· Able to kneel, bend and crawl.

· Able to squat and crouch.

· Able to work in confined spaces.

· Able to tolerate exposure to dust and cleaning chemicals.

· Capable of climbing ladders up to thirty (30) feet.

· Knowledge of lawn, tree, and plant care.

· Experience using snow removal equipment including full size pickups and skid-steers a plus.

· Must possess excellent customer skills.

Other Skills:

· Ability to work under pressure.

· Creative and resourceful to identify solutions, adaptable, flexible.

· Exemplary customer service attitude.

· Professional, mature demeanor.

· Proactive and energetic.

· Ability to work independently and yet is an accomplished team player.

· Detail oriented.

Specific Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications:

· Valid Drivers License.

Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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