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Grounds & Nursery I

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Facilities Management's Outdoor Services encourages applications for a Grounds & Nursery I! This position performs emergency and routine landscape-oriented tasks for areas associated with the University of Colorado Boulder Research Park, Main campus as well as East and South campus locations.

Outdoor Services provides high-quality, professional grounds and landscape services to enhance a safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious campus. Facilities Management provides a physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Outdoor Services Department of Facilities Operations helps create and maintain a physical environment for campus through high-quality, competitive services that have earned us recognition as a national leader in the stewardship of physical facilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Turf Maintenance

Performs turf management practices required to assure that the turf in assigned service areas meets the Campus standards for appearance. Practices may include all of the following: mowing, edging along hardscape, leaf removal and chopping, string trimming of unmowable grass around plants and structures and hand removal of weeds from turf areas. May assist turf management personnel in other cultural practices. For the above duties, this position may serve as a work leader for temporary and/or student employees. 

For the above duties, this position has no purchasing authority. Employee is expected to perform all other duties as assigned. 

Grounds Maintenance 

Performs daily maintenance procedures to assure that Main Campus grounds areas are free of trash, recyclable materials and litter that would negatively impact the Campus' appearance. Monitors and maintains sidewalks, stair-ways, building entryways, loading docks, bus stops, ADA structures, fences, retaining walls, bicycle paths and landscape structures (benches, memorials, trash and recycle receptacles, ash urns, and public art works) to assure a safe and aesthetically pleasing appearance for campus occupants and visitors. Monitors and takes appropriate actions for the removal of any signage, graffiti, markings and/or transient camps on campus property that are in violation of University Policy. For the above duties, this position may serve as a work leader for temporary and/or student employees. 

Plant and Shrub Care

Performs routine and technical maintenance procedures on trees, shrubs and perennial and annual herbaceous plant material. Identifies and performs appropriate eradication procedures for plant disease, insect and weed problems. Performs installation and maintenance procedures on landscape structures and amenities. Installs all types of plant material and provides appropriate cultural practices to assure successful establishment. Performs planting bed maintenance and/or renovation to assure successful reestablishment of beds in the shortest possible time. Assists supervisor and team leader in the plant design and selection of landscape, annual and perennial plant material for beds. For the above duties, this position may serve as a work leader for temporary and/or student employees.

Snow Removal
Performs snow removal and ice abatement on all campus sidewalks, bike paths, stairways, ADA accessibility structures and building entrances and exits. Work will require hand shoveling, operation of power snow removal equipment and or vehicles and the application of ice abatement products. Employee may assist and direct other Outdoor Services employees (Temporary and Student) in snow removal and ice abatement activities as required. Snow removal activities may require early and late arrival times, extended shifts, as well as after hours call-ins. As an essential services position, this employee is expected to be available for regular, overtime and call-in/back hours as needed to perform snow and ice mitigation activities.

Crew Member Responsibilities

Functions as a crew (team) member by coordinating daily activities with supervisor, team leader and/or co-workers to ensure overall campus appearance and/or safety consistency. Completes time cards, charging appropriate work order(s) and other documents in an accurate and timely manner. Requests time off in the prescribed manner and informs the appropriate staff of absences and /or tardiness in advance of the scheduled day. Complies with all State Personnel Board Rules and Facilities Management and Outdoor Services Policies and Guidelines. May function as a work leader or train other Grounds & Nursery I’s, students, seasonal employees. Makes requests or suggestions for purchases. This position has no formal purchasing authority.

Equipment Maintenance 

Employee will be held accountable for the maintenance and inventory of all CU issued/owned tools and equipment required in the execution of all assigned tasks. Equipment included for the tasks are gas and electric power tools, high pressure power washers, pick-up trucks and utility vehicles. Employee must perform the appropriate daily, weekly and monthly preventive maintenance and scheduled maintenance activities such service oil and grease fittings and sharpening blades required for any tool and/or equipment assigned to the employee or required to perform his/her work assignments. Employee is expected to assure that any tool and/or equipment is kept clean, safe and serviceable condition.


Contributes to a safe working environment for self, staff, faculty and the general public. Adheres to all safety guidelines, in particular those concerning the use of power tools, equipment and vehicles. Reports unsafe conditions and/or accidents to supervisors. Attends, conducts and participates in safety training. Strictly adheres to the appropriate safety protocol for the use of chemicals and hazardous materials in the execution of job duties.

Native Area/Wetland Management 

Conducts noxious weed management under direction of supervisor to manage unwanted weed species. This position will use hand tools, string trimmers, blade cutters or brush mowers to remove to manage weeds identified on the State of Colorado’s noxious weed list. This position will assist with wildlife management at the Research Park wetlands area. Mitigation practices include the physical removal of beaver dams, maintenance of mechanical devices to mitigate beaver activity, preventative wrapping of desirable trees and monitoring of beaver activity. Assist with Eurasian Water Milfoil management in Research Park ponds and waterways by hand removal, cleaning screens and placing benthic matting materials.

What You Should Know

What We Can Offer

The hiring salary is $39,192.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • One year of grounds care and maintenance, greenhouse or plant nursery general labor work experience appropriate to the job assignment. 
  • Must be a current Colorado resident.
  • Must have a valid Colorado driver's license.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Training, experience and/or certification in horticulture, institutional landscape maintenance, turf management, nursery management, arbor-culture, weed management, pesticide application. 
  • Two years of institutional or commercial landscape maintenance. 
  • A valid Colorado Commercial Driver's License (CDL - A or B). 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume that includes date ranges and whether the position was full-time or part-time. 
2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position. 
3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
a. Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying. 
4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by October 1, 2021, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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