Groundskeeper, Horticultural Worker

Penn State University

University Park , Pennsylvania

Select plant materials, design plant combinations, and coordinate campus planting with Campus Landscape Architect. Layout flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf on campus. Organize plant material orders. Keep accurate records. Lead and direct the work of and train full-time and part-time employees in the correct methods and procedures required to manage horticultural plantings. In conjunction with immediate supervisor, compile daily work schedules, plan and inspect work related to horticultural plantings. Inspect plant material for disease, insect, or mechanical damage. Perform routine maintenance on, and modifications to, a variety of nursery and greenhouse equipment. Maintain watering systems, sprayers, etc. Repair or replace faulty plumbing. Set up and maintain electrical devices such as time clocks, control units and fans. Interpret simple sketches and/or specifications. Establish sub-grades and finish grades for planting beds and turf. Plant, water, transplant, prune, fertilize, cultivate, and maintain nursery, greenhouse crops, and campus plantings. Select, mix, and apply pesticides to nursery, greenhouse crops, and campus plantings as required. Prepare proper soil mixes. Move heavy materials such as soil, stone, wood chips, compost, soil mixes, fertilizers, and plant materials as required in nursery and greenhouse operations. Refer problems to group leaders, foreman, and supervisors. Operate trucks, tractors, hi-lift, backhoe, skid steer loader, tree spade, mowers, spreaders, and other landscape equipment as required. Adjust, clean, oil and grease equipment. Inspect water level, anti-freeze, engine oil, air filters, and air pressure of tires on equipment. Repair and adjust equipment as required. Remove snow and ice from walks, roads, parking lots, and shrubbery. Spread cinders and other anti-skid material on walks, roads, and parking lots. Remove brush, leaves, grass clippings, paper, spoil, cinders, and rubbish from walks, roads, curbs, parking lots, lawns, and other University property. Job Requirements: Requires the use of shop mathematics together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, various types of adjustable measuring instruments and the training generally applicable in a particular or specialized occupation. Equivalent to 1 to 3 years applied trades training. Requires a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver`s License (CDL) Class B and a Pennsylvania Certified Applicators License, Category 6 and 7. Over 9 months up to and including 12 months of effective experience.

Shift: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Days Off: Saturday, Sunday

NOTE: EMPLOYEE MUST BE ABLE TO WEAR A RESPIRATOR AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO MEDICAL CLEARANCE. THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TESTING FOR ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (49 CFR PART 40), AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS AS PER 67 PA CODE 231.85. NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES THAT YOU OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE AS A PART OF YOUR JOB DUTIES. A VALID DRIVER`S LICENSE AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE RECORDS CHECK WILL BE REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO STANDARD BACKGROUND CHECKS.

HOW TO APPLY

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