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Landscape Groundskeeper - East Main Campus

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Landscape Groundskeeper! This position provides daily routine and emergency maintenance services to the exterior grounds areas on the University of Colorado - Boulder campus. This role will primarily work on the main Boulder Campus designated as "East Main Campus".

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

Facilities Management is responsible for the overall physical development and maintenance of the campus. The mission of the department is to provide a safe physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Landscape Maintenance

  • Perform routine and technical maintenance procedures on trees, shrubs and perennial and annual herbaceous plant material.
  • Identify and perform appropriate eradication procedures for plant disease, insect and weed problems.
  • Perform installation and maintenance procedures on landscape structures and amenities.
  • Install all types of plant material and provides appropriate cultural practices to assure successful establishment.
  • Perform planting bed renovation procedures to reestablish beds in the shortest possible time.
  • Assist supervisor and team leader in the plant design and selection of landscape, annual and perennial plant material for beds.

Grounds Maintenance

  • Perform daily maintenance to keep grounds areas are free of trash, recyclable materials and litter that would negatively impact the Campus' appearance.
  • Monitor and maintain 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.
  • Supervise and take appropriate actions for the removal of any signage, graffiti and markings on campus property that are in violation of University Policy.

Turf Maintenance

  • Perform turf management practices required to assure that the turf in assigned service areas meets the Campus standards for appearance.
  • Practice may include all of the following: edging along hardscape, leaf removal and chopping, string trimming of unmovable grass around plants and structures and hand removal of weeds from turf areas.
  • May assist turf management personnel in other cultural practices.

Snow Removal & Ice Abatement

  • Perform snow removal/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/vehicles and the application of ice abatement products.
  • May assist and direct other Outdoor Services employees (FTE, Temporary and Student) in snow removal and ice abatement activities on the Main Campus as required.
  • Snow removal activities will require early and late arrival times, extended shifts, as well as after hours call-ins.
  • As an essential services position, expected to be available for regular, overtime and call-in/back hours as needed to perform snow and ice mitigation activities.

Work Place Safety

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

Crew Member Responsibilities

  • A crew (team) member coordinating daily activities with supervisor, team leader and/or co-workers to ensure overall campus appearance and/or safety consistency.
  • Complete time cards, charging appropriate work order(s) and other documents in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Request time off in the prescribed manner and informs the appropriate staff of absences and /or tardiness in advance of the scheduled day.
  • Follow all State Personnel Board Rules and Facilities Management and Outdoor Services Policies and Guidelines.
  • May train other Grounds & Nursery I’s, students, seasonal employees.
  • Make requests or suggestions for purchases.

Maintenance of Assigned Tools & Equipment

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

Identify & Report Maintenance Issues

  • Inform supervision or the Facilities Management Service Center of any maintenance issue(s) encountered during a work shift.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship and line(s) of communication with Facilities Management Trade Shops, the Environmental Health and Safety Center and Outdoor Services staff and supervision.
  • Relay any requests for service or notification of service issues from students, administration, Facilities Management staff or the general public/supervision or the Facilities Management Service Center in the most expeditious manner possible.

For the above duties, this position has no purchasing authority. Employee is expected to perform all other duties as assigned. This position may serve as a work leader for other full time, temporary and/or student employees.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • This position is eligible for our Facilities Management Employee Referral Program.
  • Please be aware that this position is considered essential services.
  • This full-time position will work five (5) eight-hour days per week, between the hours of 6:00 am and 5:00 pm, the work week will be Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday based on the staffing requirements of the Department.
  • This role may also provide the same services to other University of Colorado organizations though maintenance agreements with those organizations. These services will be provided to areas on the main Boulder Campus designated as "East Main Campus". However, services may be assigned to any Boulder Campus area depending on the needs of the organization.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $39,972 annually.


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 Colorado resident.
  • Must have a valid CO driver's license.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Training, experience and/or certification in horticulture, institutional landscape maintenance, turf management, nursery management, arboriculture, weed management, and pesticide application.
  • Two years of institutional or commercial landscape maintenance.

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. Optional: 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. 
    • 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 August 21, 2022 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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