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Landscape Technician II

Apply now Department: 3670060080 Fac Grounds Maintenance
Job no: 517017
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Facilities / Grounds / Skilled Trades
Pay Grade: 04A

About This Role:

Join the Facilities Ground Maintenance team as a Landscape Technician II. You will participate in planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, weed whipping, mowing, pulling and hoeing weeds, raking leaves, picking up trash and debris, cleaning sidewalks, mulching, and snow removal by operating various tools and equipment of the trade.  Perform plumbing and electrical duties to operate, maintain, repair, and install irrigation systems on campus grounds. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM. 

The role of the Grounds Maintenance and Landscape Department is to provide a safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing exterior environment for the students, faculty and staff of Kansas State University.

Duties include:

  • Participating in planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, weed whipping, mowing, pulling and hoeing weeds, raking leaves, picking up trash and debris, cleaning sidewalks, mulching, and snow removal by operating various tools and equipment of the trade.
  • Performing plumbing duties to operate, maintain, repair, and install irrigation systems on campus grounds. 
  • Performing electrical duties to operate, maintain, repair, and install irrigation systems on campus grounds.
  • Performing minor repairs to tools and equipment in the Grounds Department and provide supervision of student workers and subordinate employees as required.

Why Join Us:

Our Grounds Maintenance and Landscape Department provides a safe, functional and aesthetically-pleasing exterior environment for the students, faculty and staff of Kansas State University. The main campus of K-State consists of 250 acres of intensely landscaped area. The Grounds Maintenance Department is responsible for the maintenance and installation of all turfgrass, shrubs, trees and annual flower beds on campus.

This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance program, paid time off – vacation, sick and holidays.

To learn more visit: http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

 

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirement: 

  • Requires six months of relevant experience. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by a hiring manager. This position is covered by the Kansas Association of Public Employees (KAPE) agreement.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skill in use and operations of tools, machines and equipment commonly used in plumbing and electrical work at the skilled craft level.
  • 18 months experience in performing irrigation work and institution grounds experience. 
  • Ability to write concise, meaningful reports. Perform mathematical computations necessary to make accurate estimates for supplies such as fertilizer, grass seed, flowers and chemicals.
  • Knowledge and ability to use soil testing equipment. Ability to read and make recommendations from soil test results. Thorough knowledge of plant materials and accepted horticulture practices.
  • Knowledge of methods, practices, techniques, and tools used in the planting and care of trees, shrubs, grasses, and plants. Knowledge of the hazards, proper use and effects insecticides and herbicides.
  • Six months experience in equipment operation. High school graduate of equivalent.
  • Training at post secondary institution in nursery management, landscape horticulture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or plant pathology and knowledge of all phases of horticultural practices preferred. Arborist training and experience in utilizing landscape plans and blueprint reading would be beneficial.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
  • Valid driver’s license upon employment and maintain it.
  • 3A and 3B commercial pesticide applicator's license required within the 6 month probationary period.
  • Considerable physical exertion is required to transport equipment associated with the position, often involving times weighing up to 75 pounds, unassisted, on a repetitive basis, daily.
  • Back flow Certification must be completed within the first year of employment.
  • Subject to on-call, standby and inclement weather response. This position is considered essential. 
  • Responsible to know, understand, and follow safety guidelines in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, to include K-State and Facilities policies and procedures.  Responsible to comply with the safe work practices identified in the departmental Job Hazard Analysis, Personal Protective Equipment Assessment and Departmental Safety Orientation Acknowledgment form. 
  • Responsible for the implementation of safety regulations, guidelines and work practices to prevent injury to yourself and others.

How to Apply:

Please complete the online application form.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until filled.

Pay Rate:

$15.00 to $16.20 hourly

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

 

 

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