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Groundskeeper III

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Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Experience Level: Entry-Level
Categories: Building & Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance
Role: Groundskeeper III


About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

As required by the department

Rate of Pay:

This position is a grade 10 with a minimum of $28,950. Salary offer will be commensurate with the education/experience, in alignment with the College’s compensation philosophy, and the current CBA, if applicable.

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

An employee in this classification performs work of routine difficulty performing grounds maintenance, landscaping and snow removal. Work is distinguished by the ability to operate college vehicles that require a CDL license.   General supervision is received from the assigned manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. High school diploma or general education degree (GED) with a minimum of 2 years experience in snow removal, grounds and parking lot maintence or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  2. Must posess and maintain a valid Illinois Commercial Drivers License with Air Brake endorsement.
  3. Pre-employment DOT drug panel test required, with the ability to maintain compliance.
  4. Good knowledge of routine vehicle and grounds equipment preventive maintenance.
  5. Good knowledge of  lawn, tree, and plant care and the ability to select the proper trees, shrubs, and plants to be used in various locations.
  6. Working skills to operate  the following equipment, Dump truck/skid steer/Wheel end loader/ Service Equipment/Roller/Tractors/Chainsaws/Pulverizer/Slit seeder/aerator/brush hog/Disc/Fertilizer spreaders/Chipper/Commercial mower/chemical sprayers/rotor-tillers/Forklift-Paint striper-Irrigation equipment and pumps/Sod cutters/Aerial lift/power augers/Trailers/Gill/and all landscaping equipment and tractor attachments.    
  7. Working skills to design, lay-out, and construct landscaped areas.
  8. Working skill in organizing work to meet established deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
  9. Working skill in interpersonal interaction to be applied to a variety of individuals with differing education, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  10. Working skills in verbal and written communication.
  11. Working skill in operating a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment as well as learning and adapting to new and updated programs and technology.
  12. Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when required by the department’s needs.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. ISA certified arborist.

Essential Duties:

  1. Operate and maintain all grounds equipment used in the Grounds Department for lawn care and landscaping for the purpose of keeping the proper aesthetic appearance of the College grounds. Monitor and report bulk salt levels and contact vendor for replenishment.
  2. Perform parking lot and sidewalk maintenance which includes, crack sealing/pot hole patching/spot replacement/sealing/snow removal and salting  to the extent that will ensure that conditions of  the  campus remain accessible by the public, staff, students, administration, and faculty.
  3. Operate and maintain all larger college-owned vehicles which require a CDL to drive. This would include driving/operating the vehicle to pick-up materials needed for college projects or donations to Elgin Community College.  Some tasks require this type of specialized vehicle to accomplish the request.
  4. Putting up and changing informational, directional, and parking type signs around the       campus to assist the public’s awareness.
  5. Assist in furniture and office equipment moves and storage and help with pickup and delivery of donations to the college.
  6. Take college-owned CDL vehicles in for State of Illinois certified safety inspections.  This would include vehicles outside of the O&M department.
  7. Maintains required training, licensure and/or certifications
  8. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to applicable privacy laws
  9. Demonstrates sensitivity, understanding and respect of diverse populations within the workplace.
  10. Maintains an understanding of the work of colleagues to effectively provide backup and/or support for co-workers during times when the division is short-staffed or experiencing an increased volume of work.
  11. Adheres to department guidelines for attendance and punctuality

Other Duties:

  1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned which pertain to the job description.
  2. Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department.

Physical Demands:

Heavy (up to 100 lbs occasionally or 50 lbs frequently or 25 lbs constantly)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Loud Noise

Environmental Conditions:


Operates motor vehicles or heavy equipment

Outdoor weather

Extreme cold (below 32 degrees for more than one hour)

Extreme heat (above 100 degrees for more than one hour)



Fumes or airborne particles

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is 01/13/2023. Elgin Community College Support Staff Association (SSECCA) /members that apply by 01/23/2023 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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