Requisition ID:  29765


Job Summary

What You'll Be Doing:

As a Groundskeeper, you will:

  • 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.  
  • Prepare areas for seed or sod, lay sod, and sow seed.
  • Operate riding mowers, carts, rototillers, lawn sweepers, and aerators as needed.  
  • Maintain campus trees and shrubs by planting, pruning, watering, spraying, weeding, and cleaning shrub plantings.
  • Plant, maintain, trim, and prune hedges.
  • Prepare flowerbeds for growing annuals and bulbs.
  • Maintain appropriate recordkeeping and minor equipment operation/maintenance.  

This position represents a dual level posting and will be filled as an Associate Groundskeeper(S1) or next higher level Groundskeeper (S2).

Education and Experience (S1):

  • High school diploma/GED 
  • Basic grounds maintenance functions of mowing/trimming, mulching, shrub pruning, pesticide application, and grounds cleanliness helpful


  • Demonstrated basic and intermediate skills in landscape maintenance
  • Landscape equipment operation and maintenance i.e. truck, utility cart, etc. 
  • Will read pesticide label and mixing per label
  • Good work organization and problem solving ability
  • Personal protective equipment will be required during specific work duties as determined by the department
  • Ability to keep records
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and co-workers
  • Ability to perform basic mathematics 
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 to 50 lbs. frequently, and up to 60 lbs. occasionally
  • Works outdoors, at times in temperatures below 32 degrees and above 90 degrees
  • A valid US or Canadian driver’s license 

What is helpful (Preferred):

  • Class 3A or 3B Pesticide Applicator’s License 
  • OR 
  • Get Paid to Earn It! - Study in paid status
  • 100% paid license with multiple opportunities to pass

Experience (S2):
To be considered for the S2 position you’ll need the above requirements plus the following.

  • Three years basic grounds maintenance functions of mowing/trimming, mulching, shrub pruning, pesticide application, and grounds cleanliness 

Career Stream

  • Administrative and Operational Support 1
  • Job Code: 20003357
  • Pay Band: S030
  • OR
  • Administrative and Operational Support 2
  • Job Code: 20003659
  • Pay Band: S035

Career Path Maker:


Additional Information:

To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary CLICK HERE

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position   
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position 
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime) 
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan 
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply 

FLSA Status


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