Grounds Crew Leader
Indiana University

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Department Information

The mission of the IU Bloomington Facility Operations is to operate and maintain a high-quality physical environment to enhance student learning, faculty teaching and research. We serve other non-academic departments, and we support the University's service to the community and citizens of Indiana.

We are a service organization dedicated to the success and satisfaction of Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. Our responsibilities include maintenance, operation and improvement of buildings, grounds and utility systems, custodial care, and engineering support.

Our staff members are our most valuable asset. Each individual is a team member who contributes to the decision-making process. We seek creative and innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs. We set high service standards, and we reward superior effort and results. We promote the personal growth of our staff through education and training.

Our goal is to provide reliable and timely service at a competitive cost. We use proven technology to increase our capabilities. We solicit feedback to help determine the quality of our services. We maintain a safe campus environment, and we attempt to exceed governmental regulations. We conduct planning activities to achieve the most desirable future for our customers and our organization.

Learn more about Facility Operations: here.

Job Summary

Coordinates and leads hourly workers in routine landscaping and grounds maintenance tasks. Prioritizes and monitors work assignments, oversees equipment use, helps order materials, and other tasks.

Performs grounds maintenance functions in grass areas such as mowing including push and riding, edging, weed whipping, seeding prep, leaf and limb removal, pesticide application, and fertilizing and grass seeding. Prepares planting beds with hand and power tools; integrates soil amendments (trees, shrubs, and flowers); performs mulching, edging areas and pruning. Keeps parking lots free of leaves, soil, trash, and other debris. Performs sidewalk maintenance functions such as: edging, removal of trash, grass clippings, and limbs.

Diagnoses and treats plants and trees for pests and diseases. Follows planned landscaping designs to determine proper layout of plantings and stones. Drives truck to transport plants and materials/tools.

Performs routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safety and continued use. Assists in set-up for campus functions. Operates necessary equipment to remove snow. Shovels snow and applies ice melt.

Required Qualifications

High school diploma or GED and two years of experience working in grounds maintenance or landscaping with demonstrated leadership skills.

Possess a valid Indiana driver's license with acceptable driving record and ability to be insured by Indiana University.

Ability to successfully complete required training programs. Ability to successfully lead people and manage work simultaneously. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of tools, equipment, techniques, skills, materials, and methods of landscaping and maintenance of lawns and formal plantings. Ability to lead, plan and organize the work of groundskeepers. Ability to determine and use the kind of tools and equipment needed for landscaping jobs, including ability to operate mowers, dump-bed truck, tractors, and skid-steer loaders. Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner.

Working Conditions / Demands

Remaining stationary, traveling around work area, driving, climbing/ladders, squatting/kneeling, reaching, grasping, pushing/pulling, twisting/bending, lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds multiple times per shift. Spends most time outdoors with frequent exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures for one hour plus. Possible exposure to distracting/uncomfortable noise levels and vibration of body or extremities. Risk of bodily injury from mechanical parts, electricity, and other factors. Possible exposure to fumes, odors, and other factors that may affect respiration and skin.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

Salary Plan: SM

Salary Grade: 53

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Engineering, Trades, & Facilit

Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information .

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