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Labor/Grounds Specialist

Company: Bucknell University
Location: Lewisburg
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Job Description:

Labor/Grounds Specialist

Job No: 497486
Position Type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Facilities, Other

The Labor/Grounds Specialist will support campus operations as a first response for groundskeeping tasks in assigned areas and will perform general grounds and maintenance work, to include grass cutting, leaf pick up, weeding, landscaping, pest control, event set-ups, furniture and office moves, minor equipment repairs, and occasional custodial support. The incumbent must have broad and general knowledge and experience in various aspects of groundskeeping and must be familiar with regulations pertaining to use of herbicides and pesticides. This position reports to the Operations Area Manager and will generally interact with faculty, staff, students, Facilities trades personnel and outside contractors. This person in this role will perform tasks independently and oversee assigned crews to ensure work is completed expeditiously and professionally.

Job Duties:
1. Develop and execute plans to systematically cut grass within assigned geographical areas. Use hand and power tools to cut grass and weeds.
2. Primarily perform routine landscaping tasks within assigned areas including, but not limited to, leaf pick up, weeding, pruning, and mulching, edging, trimming, planting, and applying herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers
3. Perform labor tasks in support of University operations, including but not limited to, event set-ups, furniture and equipment moves, driving vehicles, and equipment, pest control (interior and exterior), operating pressure washers, snow removal, and litter pick-up on campus.
4. Operate and maintain a variety of hand and motor driven tools and equipment.
5. Perform general maintenance and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment to include, but not limited, to custodial equipment and outside tools.
6. Train custodians in the proper maintenance of custodial equipment.
7. Train, educate and assist in the development of other staff members in landscaping tasks as necessary.
8. Maintain, utilize, and stores material and supplies necessary to perform duties.
9. Complete assigned work orders, and manage priorities.
10. Support trades personnel and custodians, and performs other duties in support of University operations and special events as required.
11. Communicate groundskeeping requirements with internal and external constituents. Communicate through notes, discussions and telephone calls, and interact with staff, faculty, students, and contractors to clarify projects, concerns and issues. Keep all parties and customers informed of work status and potential impacts.
12. Work as a team member with others in coordinating all phases of work.
13. Adheres to OSHA standards, employs safe practices, and follows safety policies/procedures. Uses PPE in a safe manner, sets examples for others, notifies supervisor of potential hazards, and demonstrates good housekeeping habits.
14. Support and promotes the University's sustainability efforts.
15. Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Requirements:

* This position is classified as part of essential services. Individual is required to report to work even if campus has a delayed opening, early closing, or is closed, unless instructed otherwise by a supervisor or when the individual has concerns related to their personal safety

Minimum Qualifications:
* High school diploma or equivalent.
* General knowledge and experience in various aspects of groundskeeping, and a general knowledge and experience in the maintenance of snowblowers, vacuums, shampooers, etc., or a mechanical aptitude and a willingness to learn.
* Familiarity with regulations pertaining to use of herbicides and pesticides, or a willingness to learn.
* Possess or have the ability to obtain a commercial pesticide applicator certificate within 120 days of employment
* Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written instructions and perform basic math calculations.
* A current and valid driver's license and a safe driving record for the past three years.
* Demonstrated ability to perform work in a safe and appropriate manner.
* Basic computer skills.
* Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.
* Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Other Requirements:
* This position is classified as part of essential services. Individual is required to report to work even if campus has a delayed opening, early closing, or is closed, unless instructed otherwise by a supervisor or when the individual has concerns related to their personal safety.

Preferred Qualifications:
* Commercial Pesticide License 6,7,23

Physical Demands:
* Ability to move around work sites, climb ladders, scaffolds and walkways, and enter/exit trenches, crawl spaces, confined areas, roofs, and elevated areas.
* Move, lift and carry up to 50 pounds unassisted.
* Daily exposure to dust, dirt, weather and temperature changes. Position works indoors and outdoors.
* Must use proper safety equipment for hearing, head, eye, feet, and hand, protection. Use of mechanical and power equipment

Work Type:
This is a full-time, year round, benefits eligible position.

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:
This is a Staff Non-exempt position with a hiring range of $15 - 17.79. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role;
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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Keywords: Bucknell University, Harrisburg , Labor/Grounds Specialist, Other , Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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