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Seasonal Grounds Worker

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Will perform routine grounds maintenance responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a high standard of appearance of all campus property, including sidewalks, loading docks, parking lots, building entrances and structures, as well as other common areas across campus.  In addition, ensure safe operations and cleanliness of campus fleet vehicles.

  • Ensure adherence to safe work practices.
  • Monitor Grounds Department equipment utilization, perform routine maintenance and repairs.
  • Perform routing grounds maintenance responsibilities such as, but not limited to, mowing and trimming grass, pulling weeds, cutting back perennials, emptying outside trash receptacles, picking up litter and other general maintenance requirements.
  • Provide campus plant material renovation, installation, post planting follow-up, maintenance and care.
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned.

  • Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Ability to safely operate, maintain and detect defects in equipment and make minor repairs or adjustments.
  • Ability to question plant material for signs of disease, pest and/or cultural concerns.
  • Thorough knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions in the job involved.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, other department staff and supervisory personnel.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.

GENERAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH OR WITHOUT A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:Light to medium work.  Position involves exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally (10-33%); up to 20 pounds frequently (34-66%), and up to 10 pounds constantly (67-100%) to move objects.  Physically able to perform routine reaching, grasping and repetitive motion constantly (67-100%); stooping, kneeling, walking, bending, lifting, talking, climbing and balancing frequently (34-66%); and crouching, crawling, standing, sitting, pushing and pulling occasionally (10-33%).  Work activities occur most frequently (34-66%) outside and occasionally (10-33%) inside.

Persons working in this position will be subject to extreme heat (temperatures above 90 degrees for periods of more than one hour); and extreme cold (temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour).

Potentially subject to bio-hazardous waste; chemicals; moving mechanical parts; electrical current; working on scaffolding and high places up to 25 feet; bucket truck lift up to 55 feet; atmospheric conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin; fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation, noise, and vibration.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

  • Working/technical knowledge of various horticultural equipment, lawn mowers (hand, power and riding), tractors, skid loader, forklift, Tele-handler, dump & bucket truck, spraying equipment, snow plows, snow blowers, sanders, and other related grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Must have valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.  Subject to random DOT drug screening.

$10.10 per hour

The College purchases term life, disability, health and dental/vision insurance, provides a flexible benefits account, and contributes to a retirement program for each full-time staff member.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. At the end of the application process, you will have the opportunity to review and make changes, if necessary, before submitting your application. You will be able to print your application at the end of the process. However, once your application has been submitted, you will not be able to go back and make changes or attach / modify supporting documentation.

The hiring process may take an extended period of time (approximately 30-60 days from posting to hire), depending on the position, so we ask that you be patient and do not call to follow up on your application. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the hiring department directly. We encourage you to take your time to complete the application. Thank you for choosing Kirkwood!

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Posted 08/24/17

Job ID: 26459672