Groundskeeper, Grounds and Roads, Facilities Management

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Position Overview

The Department of Grounds and Roads is currently a Full-time Regular Groundskeeper.

Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Grounds Department is responsible for the maintenance of the University's campuses' hard and soft landscapes. Work activities include maintenance of: turf, planted areas, trees, shrubs, irrigation systems, roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. This department is also responsible for snow and ice control on our campuses. Additional duties include solid waste and recycling collection.

This position reports to the Supervisor and Lead Hands. Work is performed under direct supervision. Hours of work are 37.5 hours per week, 5 days per week. Overtime is not normally required, however, in case of emergency or snow removal operations, it may be authorized by the supervisor or lead hand. Call-in would be made on an as needed basis.

This position requires work be carried out with the following conditions: lifts of heights up to 4 meters, heavy lifting, year round indoor and outdoor responsibilities, controlled hazardous environments, inclement weather conditions. Associated duties of this position include operation of the following equipment: front-deck riding mowers, side-folding reel mowers, push mowers, weed eaters, handtools, mechanical brooms, light trucks, light tractors, 5 ton trucks with sander and belly plow, backhoe, front-end wheel loader, mini-excavator, towing of flat deck trailers, and operation of other hand controlled and motorized mechanical equipment.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Under direct supervision, performs routine skilled work relating to grounds maintenance and/or grounds landscape and irrigation construction. Duties, depending on the season, will include, as directed:
Cultivating, transplanting, watering and maintaining lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers and trimming of grass, using manual or powered tools and equipment.
Mowing of large lawn areas using the front-deck riding mowers or the side-folding reel riding mowers, and cleaning/lubrication of assigned mower as instructed.
Maintenance and repairs of the irrigation system.
Clearing snow from building entrances, steps, sidewalks, and patios using shovel, hand operated power equipment, mechanical broom and other motorized equipment.
Spreading sand or salt by hand.
Picking up paper and other rubbish and performs other general cleanup work.
Picking up recycling and waste at various bin locations.
Cleaning and inspection of storm sewers and drains.
Pothole patching on road surfaces.
Minor concrete or brick sidewalk/pathway repairs.

Qualifications / Requirements:
Completion of a recognized Landscape Horticulture Journeyman Certification Program or a recognized Horticulture Diploma/Degree Program.
Experience with, or a willingness to learn and an aptitude for working with large motorized equipment.
Must be able to work with hand-held power tools and equipment.
Must be safety conscious, operate equipment safely and wear required safety equipment when on the job.
Must be able to take direction, possess good verbal skills, and be able to work alone or with others.
Must enjoy working outdoors, and be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
Should enjoy working with tools and mechanical equipment, following established procedures and taking responsibility for completing assigned tasks.
Must have the strength and stamina to lift and carry heavy materials, and to perform repetitive tasks involving bending, stretching, walking and kneeling.
Must have and maintain a valid Class 5 Alberta driver's license with less than 7 demerits (graduated and probationary licenses are not permitted). A driver's abstract will be required at the time of hiring.
This position would not be suitable for someone with plant, dust or chemical allergies.
A valid first-aid certificate would be an asset.

Application Deadline: February 27, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Trades Job Family, Phase 1.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.