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Office of Human Resources

East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 7237 

Occ. Group: 
Grounds Worker 2

Skill Level: 3

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

IPEDS: 710

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 full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.

Job Purpose

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

Supplemental Functions

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. 

Direction Received

Employees work under general supervision.  Advice and guidance are available from the supervisor as needed for complex issues or exceptions to policy.

Direction Given


Job Specifications

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. 


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