Grounds Assistant

Purpose: Maintain an appealing appearance of the campus grounds.

Classification: Physical Plant, Non-Exempt/Bargaining Unit

Level: II

Supervises: Summer Workers and Temporary Extra Help

Reports to: Assistant Coordinator of Facility Services

Principal Working Relationships: Assistant Coordinator of Maintenance Services, Manager of Construction Projects and Facilities, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services and Staff

Major Responsibilities

  1. The removal of snow, ice and debris from all parking lots, sidewalks, and roads.
  2. Mow lawns, trim shrubbery and trees, cut weeds, and maintain landscaping.
  3. Service and repair all equipment used in the ground maintenance.
  4. Keep a valid pesticide license so chemicals can be used when needed.
  5. Keep a valid forklift operator license.
  6. Supervise subordinates for ground maintenance.
  7. Moving of equipment to and from storage.
  8. Maintain the yard and other exterior lighting.
  9. Act as an assistant supervisor in the absence of the Supervisor of Grounds.
  10. To be available to work overtime and off schedule hours when necessary.
  11. Utilize Sandburg vehicles/trailer to pick-up flat metal stock and deliver scrap metal coupons to the steel supplier on a weekly or as needed basis. Also pick-up donated pipe from area suppliers as needed.
  12. Service fleet vehicles.
  13. Other duties as assigned.
  1.  Painting of curbing. 
  2. Installation and maintenance of traffic control signs. 
  3. Placement of and repair of roadside informational signs. 

Assists With 

  1. Movement of furniture and equipment. 
  2. Set up of equipment for special functions. 
  3. Procurement and disposal of welding metal for the industrial division. 
  4. Maintenance of exhaust fans. 
  5. Replacement of fluorescent lamps and ballast. 
  6. Furniture and equipment repairs. 
  7. Assessment of grounds services 

Risk Management and Loss Prevention Activities

  1. Actively participate in and carry out activities in support of the college's Risk Management Program in a capacity appropriate to this position.
  2. Monitor conditions, events, and circumstances present in the college operation to avoid potential torts or injuries to students, staff, or the general public, then communicate observations to the appropriate supervisor and/or Risk Management Committee.
  3. Maintain a working knowledge of the college’s emergency procedures and how to operate emergency phone systems; including internal/external call boxes.
  4. Carry an operational radio/walkie-talkie at all times.

Minimum Necessary Skills, Experience and Educational Background

  1. High School diploma or GED required.
  2. Valid driver’s license.
  3. Good working knowledge of electrical and mechanical skills.
  4. Illinois pesticide operator’s license is required within the first year of employment.
  5. Forklift operator’s license is preferred.
  6. Should be experienced in the use of power equipment such as tractors, mowers, chain saws, and snow removal equipment.
  7. Should be experienced in the use of power hand tools.
  8. Should be experienced in supervision of several subordinates.
  9. The ability to communicate successfully with clients of all ages, socio-economic status, sex, or race.
  10. Spanish or French proficiency preferred.

Physical Requirements to Perform Job Functions 

  1. Able to perform arduous work. 
  2. Capable of lifting 50 lbs. 
  3. Able to work on ladders. 
  4. Subject to outside environmental conditions.

 Job Conditions and Hazards 

  1. Bloodborne pathogens exposure - category 2


This position is declared security sensitive and will require a background check as a pre-employment qualifier.