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Title Code: 7237
Grounds Worker 2
Skill Level: 3
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Expectations for All Employees
East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:
PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
DIVERSITY of people and thought is respected;
EXCELLENCE is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
EFFICIENCY is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.
Work performed in maintaining grounds, landscapes, streets, and walks. Performs basic horticultural work.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
Mixes soils in proportions for proper plant growth and drainage
Determines need to prune plants, shrubs, and trees. Applies correct pruning techniques
Inspects plants for diseases, pests, etc., and determines treatments procedures within parameters
Mixes and applies herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers
Cultivates flower beds; plants, trims, and prunes shrubs and trees
Maintains grounds, streets and walks by mowing, picking up debris, patching streets and parking lots, painting parking lines, and installing traffic signs
Trims, rakes, edges, weeds, and picks-up trash on university property
Operates various equipment such as tractors and lawn mowers in the performance of duties
Maintains tools and performs minor equipment maintenance
Performs other work as assigned
All incumbents are expected to perform these functions except for those qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a reasonable accommodation.
Incumbents may provide backup to various functions within the unit.
These functions may vary by institution.
Employees work under general supervision. Advice and guidance are available from the supervisor as needed for complex issues or exceptions to policy.
Completion of eighth grade. Possession of a valid Tennessee operator's license as issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety. Experience in related work.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics
Knowledge of basic horticultural practices
Ability to use basic hand tools such as hedge trimmers
Knowledge of and ability to operate manual and power driven equipment and vehicles
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions
Ability to follow instructions
Ability to operate equipment used in performance of job
Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods under some unfavorable climatic conditions
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees
Working Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions
Specific working conditions, physical demands and special conditions relative to this position are on file in the Office of Human Resources for your information.
Date Skill Evaluation
5/2004 3 232013114
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.