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Requisition ID:  19970

Join Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne strives to add hardworking, good people to our team and we are currently seeking multiple Groundskeepers. We value our students, excellence, innovation, diversity and inclusion and engagement. Purdue University Fort Wayne is dedicated to creating and fostering an environment where students, staff, faculty and guests can embrace their differences and grow not only professionally, but as individuals.


The Work: What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?

  • Perform grounds maintenance duties including grounds cleanliness, shrub pruning, turf fertilization and mowing, landscape equipment operation, pesticide application and landscape renovation around several campus buildings. 
  • Maintain campus lawns by irrigating, mowing, edging, hand trimming, fertilizing, using weed control methods, and performing other grounds duties as assigned. 
  • Operate and maintain riding mowers, carts, rototillers, lawn sweepers, aerators, salt spreaders, tractors, Bobcats, brush chippers, stump grinders, applicators/sprayers and water tanker with pumps. 
  • Additionally, maintain campus trees and shrubs by planting, pruning, watering, spraying, weeding and cleaning shrub plantings.
  • Maintain appropriate recordkeeping and minor equipment operation/maintenance. 
  • Required to work overtime for special events. 
  • Subject to 24-hour call back for emergencies.  
  • Place temporary barrels for special events. 
  • Construct and install landscape structures including stone walls, tree well grates, patio-stone areas, landscape edging, timber walls/railroad ties, and furniture. 
  • Perform snow removal.
  • Make recommendations with supervisor as to needed landscape renovation.  
  • Store, secure, use, record pesticides and other chemicals. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

What are the position essentials required as a Groundskeeper?

  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Three years in grounds maintenance including basic experience in shrub pruning, pesticide application, and grounds cleanliness.
  • Demonstrated basic and intermediate skills in landscape renovation, pesticide mixing and recordkeeping, as well as ornamental identification. 
  • Ability to read, write and perform basic mathematics.   
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with supervisor and co-workers. 
  • Good work organization and problem solving ability. 
  • Landscape equipment operation and maintenance (i.e. truck, utility cart, etc). 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and remain in compliance with the Purdue University Motor Vehicle Records policy. 
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs. frequently, and up to 60 lbs. occasionally.   


Find out why so many are taking advantage of a career at Purdue University Fort Wayne!  Employees enjoy:

  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, spouse, and children
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance available on first day of employment
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Support for professional development opportunities
  • Live and work in an affordable, family friendly community

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background and misconduct check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Non-Exempt Defined Contribution Plan

Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Career Stream

Administrative and Operational Support 2
Jun 1, 2023

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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