We Grow

Maintenance Groundskeeper 

Summary of Position

We Grow is a collective of nonprofit organizations in West Englewood. Imagine Englewood If, Grow Greater Englewood, Teamwork Englewood, Growing Home and Metropolitan Family Services are members of the collaborative, coordinating their services to meet the needs of the Englewood community. These organizations are providing services out of the Peace Campus on 64th and Honore and are looking for a Maintenance Groundskeeper to provide maintenance and grounds keeping across all organizations. 

 

Working directly with the Operations Facilities Manager of Imagine Englewood If, the Maintenance Groundskeeper will provide facilities support (which includes 15 properties in West Englewood).

 

Responsibilities

  • Performs regular and directed grounds and landscape maintenance by mowing lawns trimming and edging around trees, shrubs, ground cover, flowers, sidewalks and buildings; weeding, thinning and cleaning flower beds and other grounds by hand or utilizing proper tools and equipment; and setting up, adjusting, repairing, and cleaning irrigation systems.

  • Performs campus-wide general maintenance and repairs by installing, removing, repairing and maintaining landscape lighting, signs, cables, chains, barricades, gates, bicycle racks, posts, fences, and rock walls; and repairing outdoor rest areas, athletic areas, as applicable.

  • Removes unsightly trash and debris from public areas by regularly inspecting grounds, drains, manhole covers, etc., for debris; raking, sweeping and bagging leaves, debris, dirt and trash from streets, sidewalks, and transporting the trash to designated central collection points on a daily basis.

  • Reduces the likelihood for the spread of diseases and unsightly appearance of trash containers in public areas by emptying, cleaning and disinfecting trash and cigarette receptacles on a regular basis, and removing, repairing and installing trash and cigarette receptacles on property on an as needed basis.

  • Assists in preventing accidents resulting from snow or ice covered walkways; operating snow blowers, tractors or mowers with blades and using shovels to remove snow and spread sand, chat and salt on snow- or ice-covered surfaces.

 

  • Safely operates light vehicles such as pick-up trucks, tractors, and portable power tools and equipment such as saws, grass trimmers, snow/leaf blowers, sprayers, paint machines and other grounds keeping equipment by obeying applicable traffic laws and following operator instructions, and wearing appropriate safety items such as goggles, gloves, or other appropriate protective clothing.

 

  • Ensures that grounds maintenance equipment and building maintenance equipment are operational by performing routine and preventative maintenance and cleaning of tools, equipment and machines within reasonable capabilities.

  • Replaces and disposes of light bulbs in interior building settings using ladders, lifts, or other tools. Performs painting work in the preparation, patching, finishing, and maintaining of building structures, walls, woodwork, furniture, and equipment.

  • Performs delivery services by identifying supplies, materials, and equipment to be delivered from invoices or order forms, safely loading items on the delivery vehicle, safeguarding items during transit, delivering items to the correct department, and obtaining the appropriate signature for the receipt of the delivered items.

  • Assists with management and accountability of surplus property items by retrieving surplus property items as directed, recording the transfer of accountability for the items, and returning the surplus property items to the storage.

  • Performs custodial services following established procedures and guidelines in buildings, offices, lavatories, restrooms, etc. including their furnishings, using manual tools and powered machines.

  • Performs minor maintenance work using hand and power tools by making carpentry repairs such as nailing down loose boards, or replacing worn or rotten floor boards, performing minor plumbing repairs, and replacing defective electrical switches, light bulbs, fuses, and fluorescent ballasts.


 

Qualifications

 

  • A high school diploma or the equivalent is required.

  • At least two years of experience in grounds keeping is required

  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in planting and trimming a variety of types of trees, shrubs and grasses has been gained; an Associate’s degree in horticulture or a related field may be substituted for the two years of experience required. 

  • Knowledge of the use and proper disposal of chemicals used in grounds keeping is preferred.

  • The ability to read English language sufficiently to understand written work orders and instructions as well as directions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of cleaners, solvents, chemicals, fertilizers and similar products used in grounds keeping is required. 

  • Skill in the proper operation and maintenance of grounds maintenance tools, equipment, and machinery is required.

  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. There will be local travel required and some evening and weekend work. Requires ability to climb stairs, prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching, requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports. Primary work hours will be between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.