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$ 14.74-$ 20.45 hourly

Date Posted:   02/18/2014
Closing Date:   02/24/2014
Hiring Agency:   MN St Colleges & Universities
Division/Bureau:   MN State University, Mankato
Location:   Mankato
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   14MNSC000071
Employment Conditions:   Seasonal, Full-time , 80%
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 07:30 AM-04:00 PM
Travel Required:   yes
Job Grouping:   Const Facil Maint Mfg & Trans
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   ***Please Note: This posting will be used to fill three (3) positions.***

This position exists to perform skilled management care for one-third of the 303 acres of grounds and all shrub, tree, and other plant pruning and trimming on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

This position has been assigned to a weather-essential function under the provision of MnSCU Regulation 4.4 and the Minnesota State University Weather & Emergency Closure Policy.

-Remove trash and debris from grounds so campus grounds are safe and aesthetically pleasing.
-Plant, trim, water and fertilize trees, flowers and plantings so all plantings remain healthy and an asset to the university.
-Mow, trim, edge, rake, aerate, fertilize, water, sod or seed lawns and athletic fields.
-Operate earth moving equipment such as, but not limited to, backhoe, road graders, pay loaders, skid loaders, etc., in grounds and landscaping projects and for snow and ice removal where this equipment is required.
-Make repairs and perform preventative maintenance to equipment used for above purposes including minor repairs to engines so equipment will operate properly and service life prolonged. Perform light to moderate welding and fixing of metal projects as needed.
-At the discretion of the Grounds Supervisor and Physical Plant Director, during slow periods this position shall report to the Director of Building Services and perform duties as assigned.
-Maintain streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, including sweeping, patching, snow removal, etc.
-Enter all work performed and other pertinent information daily on TMA log sheet. Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel to seminars, conferences, training sessions, etc. required.


-Ability to train and direct the work of less experienced groundskeepers or work crews sufficient to assign responsibilities and inspect finished work.
-Ability to read, interpret and follow oral and written instructions sufficient to independently complete assignments timely using accepted practices and safe techniques.
-Knowledge of horticulture techniques and practices (planting schedules, germination intervals, and transplantation procedures) sufficient to maintain and improve facility grounds/landscape and recognize and/or treat plant diseases and pests.
-Groundskeeping experience on a multiple building complex including the care of lawns and woody and herbaceous plants using accepted horticultural practices.
-Experience with the safe use of and simple repair of hand-held tools, riding machinery (all types of lawn and landscape equipment), and snow removal equipment (hand and heavier equipment).
-Basic knowledge of chemical fertilizer or pesticide application and related safety practices.
-Ability to lift, move and carry 40 to 80 lbs. Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions. Ability to sit, stand, walk, or a combination for eight (8) hours.
-Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:   -Experience operating turf aerators, over seeders, and field sweepers
-3 to 5 years of experience operating heavy equipment in snow removal operations
-3 to 5 years of experience operating loaders, skid loaders, and street sweepers
-Experience operating and maintaining commercial-grade sprinkler systems
-Experience working in the absence of a supervisor being on duty
-Experience laying out collegiate and professional football and baseball fields, track and field surfaces, and intramural sports fields
-Ability to perform light to moderate repairs to equipment and welding projects.
-Possession of a Minnesota Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator?s license
-Two (2) to four (4) year degree in Horticulture and/or Forestry

Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.
How to Apply:   Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for this position, click the APPLY box found at the bottom of this job announcement. For additional information about the State?s selection process, go to <>.

NOTICE: Applications will only be accepted until the closing date indicated on this job announcement. Job applications received after 11:59 pm on the last date of this announcement period cannot be considered.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU?s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

Contact for More Information:   Jill Frederickson-Kratzke, .