Groundskeeper (2 positions available), Physical Plant

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May 25, 2022


The Groundskeeper reports directly to the Grounds Supervisor and is responsible for all aspects of ground maintenance, including mowing and trimming, planting, plant care, weeding, watering, trash pick-up, snow and ice removal and equipment maintenance and repair.

This is a 40-hour-per-week position that includes full benefits, among them: paid sick and vacation time; paid holidays; medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; retirement plan; and tuition discount after one year. For more information, visit


  1. Mowing using push mowers, deck mowers and tractor-pulled mowers; and grass trimming using weed eaters.
  2. Turf maintenance, dirt work and striping for athletic fields.
  3. Trash pick-up on campus grounds.
  4. Fertilizer and herbicide application.
  5. Weeding in flower and shrub beds.
  6. Watering of grass and plants as needed.
  7. Planting of flowers, shrubs, trees and other landscaping plants.
  8. Care of trees and shrubs, including pruning.
  9. Snow and ice removal using shovels, plows, rotary brushes, etc.
  10. Assist in cleaning, maintenance and repair for all grounds equipment.
  11. Maintain orderly storage of tools, materials and equipment.
  12. Clean shop areas as needed.
  13. Set-up for outdoor specials events.
  14. As assigned, oversee student workers.
  15. As assigned, assist trades personnel in labor tasks.
  16. As assigned, assist in campus moving and recycling operations, housekeeping and shuttle van driving.
  17. Assume all other reasonable duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Grounds Manager.


  1. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  2. Must be able to operate in a safe manner grounds equipment (i.e., push mowers, deck mowers, weed eaters, shovels, rakes, tractors, trucks equipped with blades for snow removal).
  3. Must be able to use mechanic tools (wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, etc.)
  4. Must be able to read, understand and comply with instructions on the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  5. Must be able to understand and follow instructions given by the supervisor and lead person.
  6. Must be able to work other shifts as required.
  7. Must be able to use various external communications devices during emergency conditions.
  8. Must be able to use on and off road vehicles for transportation on and off campus.


Daily contact is required with supervisor and co-workers concerning scheduled and unscheduled activities that require support.  Frequent contact with students, faculty and staff.


Occasional oversight of student workers.


Work history showing dependability and strong work ethic is required.  Previous professional grounds and ornamental landscape maintenance is preferred.  Previous athletic field maintenance experience is preferred.


Please submit a staff application at or paper application may be obtained at:

Truman State University

Human Resources MC 101

100 E Normal Ave

Kirksville, MO 63501


Review of applications will begin June 1, 2022 and continue until position is filled.  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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