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Title:  Student - Grounds Worker, Gabis Arboretum

Requisition ID:  3456

Valparaiso, IN, US

Date:  Oct 24, 2019

Job Summary



This position represents a temporary position.  Benefits do not apply.


  • Maintains trails, roads, paths, turf and other outdoor areas of the property.
  • Trims and edges around walkways, flower beds, and walls.
  • Prunes shrubs and trees to shape and repairs trails, paths, and fencing.
  • Sprays lawns, trails, roads, shrubs, and trees with fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides.
  • Rakes and bags or burns leaves.
  • Cleans grounds and removes litter.
  • Plants grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs.
  • Waters lawn and shrubs.
  • Repairs fences, picnic tables, benches, gates, walls, and walks.
  • Paints fences and out buildings.
  • Cleans out drainage ditches and culverts.
  • Sharpens tools such as weed cutters, edging tools, and shears.
  • Makes minor repairs on equipment such as lawn mower, spreader, grass trimmer, and snow removal equipment.
  • Performs custodial functions of Gabis facilities.
  • Performs event set-up, break down, and assists event and facility rental staff as needed.
  • Cares for live animals.
  • Adheres to all safety regulations while operating equipment
  • Opens and closes the arboretum daily
  • Other duties as assigned.


High School Diploma/GED required.


Minimum of 3 months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience operating a variety of equipment such as mowers, hand and power tools. Customer Service and communication skills to provide courteous service in person. Interpersonal skills to interact and communicate effectively and professionally with staff, visitors and volunteers, using tact, diplomacy, and good judgment during all interactions. Knowledge of tree, plant and weed identification. Knowledge of mechanical equipment in order to check for possible problems to avoid damage to equipment prior to starting such as checking gas and oil levels or recognizing mechanical problems which may occur during operation. Must be able to maneuver loaded wheelbarrow weighting up to 50 pounds. Ability to operate small equipment for long periods.  Excessive walking, lifting, stooping, pushing, and bending.


Additional Information:


Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background and motor vehicle records check.


Purdue University 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.

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Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago