Groundskeeper I

University of New England | Biddeford, ME

Posted Date 1/12/2018

The Groundskeeper I maintains University grounds and performs some specialized grounds maintenance functions, such as certain heavy equipment operations, maintenance of athletics fields, and repair and rebuilding of tools and equipment. Additional responsibilities include assisting other departments as needed with such tasks as routine furniture moving and room/event set-up.


  • Maintain grounds in summer:
    • mow and fertilize lawns
    • plant grass, flowers, shrubs, and trees
    • prune and fertilize trees and shrubs
    • remove weeds and brush using power equipment, etc.
  • Maintain grounds in winter:
    • remove snow and ice from parking lots and sidewalks, using shovels, snow blowers and plows
    • salt and sand
  • Perform other seasonal grounds work:
    • rake leaves, sweep sand, and protective coverings over shrubs, etc.
  • Maintain tools and equipment used in grounds work.
  • Perform specialized equipment maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Pick up trash around buildings and dorms and empty trash cans.
  • Perform specialized heavy equipment operations, using back hoe and dump truck.
  • Perform specialized grounds maintenance tasks, such as maintaining athletics fields, and planning and overseeing maintenance of flower beds.
  • Assist with basic construction tasks related to grounds maintenance such as ditch digging, cement work, laying tar and asphalt, fence and sign installation, etc..
  • Carry out other special work orders (deliveries, pick-ups, and facility set-ups/tear-downs for special events).
  • Move furniture (relocate offices, set up furniture in dorms, etc.).
  • Understand and comply with MSDS and HAZCOM procedures and policies as part of UNE’s comprehensive OSHA compliance program.
  • Understand and comply with OSHA’s Bloodborn Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) and Chapter 8 of the University of New England Safety Manual.
  • Understand and comply with OSHA requirements (29 CFR Part 1910) for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as defined by the University Chemical Hygiene Officers, the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator (EHSC), the supervisor and Chapter 17 of the University of New England Safety Manual.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • High school education desirable, plus two years of formal or informal experience in building and grounds maintenance, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired.
  • Good basic knowledge and skills related to the care and maintenance of lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs.
  • Good basic trades skills and mechanical ability.
  • Good skill with operating hand tools and power equipment used in grounds work.
  • Ability to operate a variety of heavy equipment.
  • Physical ability to do all primary job duties.
  • Valid driver’s license; good driving record.
  • Ability to assist in training and direction of the activities of a small grounds crew may be required.
Geographic Region
Maine Beaches

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AddressBiddeford, ME