University of the Fraser Valley - Chilliwack, BC (13 months ago)

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Posting 2019.198
Position Groundskeeper
Department Facilities, Chilliwack campus
Status Staff, 100% full-time, Temporary

Start Date As soon as possible after closing date

Contract Four (4) months or end of sick leave, whichever date occurs first

Salary Scale $3,518.73 - $4,180.54 per month (Staff pay group 5)

Closing Date August 30, 2019

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education.

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV.

Posting details

Under the general direction of the Grounds Supervisor, the Groundskeeper performs services and maintenance of the campus grounds for the university. The Groundskeeper’s key responsibilities include:

Campus Grounds & Greenspace Maintenance

Maintains existing grounds and landscaping on all campus locations by operating hand and powered maintenance equipment which includes by priority, watering, weeding, mowing, edging, mulching, shearing, pruning, spraying, and fertilizing activities
Maintains general appearance, cleanliness, and safety of campus grounds, parking lots, exterior entrances, patios, and walkways
Performs minor repairs to hardscape

Parking Lot Maintenance

Re-grades gravel parking lots with a tractor on a quarterly basis
Maintains, installs, removes, and re-locates sign posts and signs as required
Responsible for keeping catch basins and parking drains clear from obstruction to prevent blockages and potential flooding
Performs daily safety checks

Equipment & Repairs

Operates a variety of heavy duty equipment for grounds maintenance, renovations, and snow removal
Performs minor servicing on fleet vehicles
Troubleshoots and diagnoses grounds equipment operations; performs repairs as able


Recommends suitable plant material for landscaping renovation projects and development of new landscape areas in collaboration with the Grounds Supervisor
Purchases and transports fuel, raw materials, and equipment between campuses
Reviews and completes work orders
Monitors and carries out established preventative maintenance procedures on a yearly cycle

Emergency Response

Assists in performing building evacuation procedures and subject to emergency call-out work
Performs snow removal services as required


Certificate in Landscape Horticulture from a recognized institution. Two (2) years related experience in grounds and turf maintenance, grounds keeping, and/or green industry (preferably at a large institution). A valid drivers’ license is required and a valid pesticide applicator’s license is preferred. First Aid training desirable. Experience in coordinating and monitoring of contracted landscaping services is desirable.

How to apply

Direct resume including evidence of appropriate qualifications by August 30, 2019, referring to Posting #2019.198 to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554 Fax: (604) 854-1538 Website:
Email resumes to:

Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check. Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.