At Laurier, we are a community. It’s what brings our students here and what keeps our people here.
As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community.
We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Grounds Person.
Reporting directly to the Area Manager, Grounds under the day-to-day direction of the leadhand, the incumbent performs a variety of tasks related to the upkeep of the University’s grounds and the maintenance of the University’s grounds-keeping equipment. There is a requirement for a responsive, customer focused approach to ensure grounds are maintained at optimum levels.
The normal hours of work are 5:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work due to operational needs. When possible, the manager will adjust the work schedule so that no more than 40 hours are worked in a week.
Respects and responds to direction given by Area Manager and leadhand(s);
Contributes and participates in the effective use of the Quality Control System;
Maintains appearance of the University grounds: mows lawns, maintains gardens, prunes trees and bushes and removes garbage;
Ensures safety of on-campus roadways and walkways by removing snow and ice in a timely manner;
Maintains accurate records indicating where and when salting and plowing took place;
Operates a wide variety of equipment including University trucks, lawnmowers and tractors;
Picks up and/or delivers parcels and freight as required;
Moves and sets up assortment of furniture, freight and equipment, setup rooms for exams;
Picks up and disposes of litter on University property;
Operates equipment in accordance with safe operating procedures and reports any repairs and servicing to the leadhand Performs circle checks on vehicles prior to using;
Sets up barricades to block unsafe areas or as needed for special functions;
Understands and complies with all Departmental Policies and Procedures;
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum high school diploma plus CLT certificate from Landscape Ontario; plus two (2) years’ experience in landscaping, turf management and multi-seasonal grounds maintenance;
Must possess a valid pesticide applicator license;
Minimum of 2 years’ experience operating grounds equipment including tractors, skidsteers, and loaders
Must possess a valid Class – G Ontario Driver’s license and be able to drive standard vehicles and small trucks. Proven demonstrated ability to operate grounds equipment, DZ license an asset;
Working knowledge of rigging methods used to move heavy equipment;
Must have experience in grading, sodding, and seeding
Basic computer literacy including e-mail etc;
Team work – ability to work in a team environment with a minimum of supervision. Shares information with team members. Is collaborative in dealing with customers and fellow employees;
Customer focused – responds promptly to customer needs. Uses customer information to improve service. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers;
Receptive to change – can adapt to changing circumstances. Makes suggestions for improvement. Proactive in ensuring job knowledge is current;
Respects diversity – treats others with respect. Is understanding of others. Avoids unnecessary conflict;
Managing self – exhibits a strong sense of own capabilities. Demonstrates honesty, integrity and ethical conduct. Accepts ownership and accountability for own actions;
Proven ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, management, leadhand and customers.
Working Conditions :
Physical effort: heavy lifting, reaching, bending, stretching, climbing.
Physical environment: Varying temperatures, noise, exposure to the weather. Exposure to the sun, dirt and waste products.
Sometimes required to handle hazardous liquids and materials
Sensory attention: Attention to detail when working with equipment, completing reports, reading instructions.
Moderate. On call-in.
Salary : $23.22/hour Salary Notes :
The normal hours of work are 5:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work due to operational needs. When possible, the manager will adjust the work schedule so that no more than 40 hours are worked in a week. Please Note :
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Diversity and Equity Office at email@example.com. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.