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Grounds Worker

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: VP Facilities
Department: Facilities Operations
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Facilities / Skilled Trades, Other

Job Description

Supports the Grounds Department in the installation and maintenance of the University grounds by operating various trucks, commercial type riding mowers, push mowers, leaf vacs, farm tractors with attachments, rototillers, chainsaws, weed eaters, small power and hand tools. Performs daily routine maintenance such as checking oil and fluid levels, inspecting belts, sharpening blades, replacing blades, and making minor repairs. Removes snow from sidewalks, ramps and steps.

Required Qualifications

• General/manual labor related experience.
• Must have a valid Driver's License.
• Will be required to operate a motor vehicle daily.
• Must have the ability to safely operate commercial type mowers, tractors, and power tools; perform preventative maintenance on equipment; and perform required duties safely in a densely populated area.
• Ability to safely and frequently move and handle heavy objects weighing 50 pounds or more.
• Ability to climb and work from elevated work stations such as ladders and scaffolds.
• Ability to work for long periods of time standing, sitting, walking, reaching, bending, and pushing/pulling.
• Ability to communicate effectively, work cooperatively within a team setting, and be able to understand, comprehend and follow directions in the workplace.
• Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures. May be required to work additional hours/shifts to meet the needs of the department.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in grounds care in an institutional or commercial setting.
  • Experience using commercial riding mowers, tractors, small power and hand tools.
  • Experience performing grounds maintenance in populated areas.

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Appointment Type


Salary Information

$34,000-$38,000; commensurate with experience

Review Date

Open until filled

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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