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Location: Mesa, Arizona
Salary: To be determined

Groundskeeper Lead - Polytechnic campus

Arizona State University

Facilities Management Polytechnic

Campus: Polytechnic



Job Description:

Facilities Development and Management, Polytechnic campus, seeks a Groundskeeper Lead to lead Groundskeepers in the maintenance of grounds and grounds construction activities to provide for a visually inviting, safe and aesthetic environment for students, faculty, visitors and staff.


Salary Range:

To be determined


Close Date:

19-October-2018, is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed every week until the search is closed.


Essential Duties:

Maintain grounds and roads e.g. plant, remove debris, water; operate and maintain landscaping tools and equipment

Coordinate and assign work to Groundskeepers in the maintenance of shrubs, trees, lawns, planting areas, sprinkler systems and area watering lines

Train and assist in providing orientation to new employees

Inspect work of personnel and recommend corrective measures to meet established standards

Maintain labor and cost records and requisitions materials, supplies and equipment as required

Operate large power and field mowers, hand tools, high pressure power washer, stake bed truck and large vehicles associated with grounds maintenance and landscaping activities

Schedule and coordinate irrigation and watering activities as required in assigned areas

Trim and prune a variety of trees and shrubs

Operate a boom truck to trim trees

Coordinate irrigation and watering activities within area of specialty

Pick up litter and empty outdoor trash/recycling cans

Spray for weeds and insects using unrestricted chemicals as required

Perform minor maintenance and repair on equipment and tools as required

Assist in the maintenance of roads, parking lots and other surfaces including asphalt repairs

Perform maintenance, and install/remove outdoor signage

Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.


DAYS AND SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday; 5:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Minimum Qualifications:

Three (3) years of grounds maintenance experience, OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieve. Employee may be required to possess a valid US Driver’s license of the appropriate class and required endorsements throughout employment.


Desired Qualifications:

Experience in:

Grounds maintenance in a university/higher education setting

Customer service


Demonstrated knowledge in:

Turf maintenance

Irrigation repair

Plant knowledge


Planting shrubs and trees

Driving riding mowers

Principles of horticulture    

Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills


Working Environment:

Activities regularly require long periods of exposure to external elements indigenous to a desert environment, weather, potential exposure to venomous insects, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Regularly required to operate a variety of landscaping equipment, tools and machines requiring extended periods of walking over uneven and occasionally rocky surfaces, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and pushing objects of varying weights up to 50 pounds. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions. Regular use of mowers, trimmers, edgers, shears, spreaders, hoses, hand and power tools/machines.  May regularly operate a motor vehicle as assigned. This position receives regular review of daily work tasks to ensure adherence with established standards for quality, aesthetics, and quantity.  Stand for long periods of time.  Walk and inspect campus.


Department Statement:

Facilities Development and Management measures performance expectations and seeks candidates who are aware of, participate in, and encourage team support of Arizona State University's sustainability programs.  The University has made an institutional commitment to lead by example through the sustainable operations of its campuses.  By demonstrating exemplary practices and sharing solutions, ASU stimulates changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable world.


ASU offers tuition waiver (to include yourself, spouse and dependents), paid vacation and holidays, excellent benefit package, employee training and development opportunities, and an employee assistance program.


Facilities Development and Management at ASU employment requires current eligibility to legally work in the United States.  Facilities Development and Management will not be a sponsor for this position.


This position is located at the ASU Polytechnic Campus, 6045 South Sagewood, Mesa, AZ.


Must possess a valid Arizona driver's license upon employment and maintain throughout employment.  Post-offer of employment, selected candidate must possess an acceptable driving record which is 5 or fewer points in the most recent 39 month period from date of hire.



ASU Statement:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement:

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply:

Application deadline is 3:00 PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Resumes should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meet the minimum and desired qualifications stated in this requisition.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Work reference history information for 3 current and/or former supervisors will be requested at time of interview.


Only electronic applications are accepted.


To apply please go to click "External Applicant" under Jobs at ASU, enter Req Id# 46307BR or go directly to:

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Mesa, Arizona 85212


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