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Groundskeepers - (Approximately 6) Temporary Positions

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Candidates must satisfactorily pass an adaptive skills test and physical examination as a condition of employment. The successful candidate (s)will also have to complete a background investigation as a condition of employment. Applicant must provide the names, phone number, and email address for three professional references.

Posting Details

Position Details

Posting Number S0394
Position Title Groundskeepers - (Approximately 6) Temporary Positions
Department Facilities
Bargaining Unit AFSCME, AFSCME
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
If Part-time, specify percentage
Temporary/ Permanent Temporary
FLSA Non-Exempt
Salary $13.23 per hour/ in accordance with AFSCME CBA
Work Hours Other
Work Schedule Mon. - Fri.
Anticipated Start Date 5/14/18
Anticipated End Date 8/24/18

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

This is semi-skilled work in the care of the grounds of a state institution, facility or public building.

An employee in this class performs work involving the appearance and general care of grounds.

The positions will begin on or about May 14, 2018, through on or about August 24, 2018.
Shift will consist of 7.5 hours daily Monday – Friday between the hours of 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Essential Duties
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, procedures, tools and equipment appropriate to the operation area assigned.
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in the area of work assignment.
  • Operate any/all equipment used in grounds maintenance.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to perform a variety of maintenance tasks.
  • Ability to understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. frequently, 100 lbs. occasionally and 100+ lbs. with assistance to move heavy objects.
  • Ability to work under adverse weather conditions, including snow removal.
  • Ability to perform moderately strenuous tasks including moving furniture.
  • Ability to drive an automobile or pickup truck as required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with superiors and other employees.
  • Follow verbal and written instruction.
  • Employees in this classification are designated as essential employees in accordance with Commonwealth Management Directive 530.17. As such, they are required to work when an office closing is authorized.
Specific Duties
  • Lays out and participates in planting, watering, sodding, spraying and trimming and cleaning work on lawns, gardens and walks.
  • Participates in the maintenance and marking of athletic fields; removes dirt, rubbish, snow, leaves and other refuse and maintains roads, lawns, sheds, benches and parking places.
  • Move furniture, desks, tables, etc., to various campus locations.
  • Set up chairs, desks, tables, benches, bleachers, podiums, pianos, etc., for a wide variety of college programs, including commencement exercised, athletic events, student programs, registrations, etc.
  • Operates mechanized and motorized groundskeeping equipment such as gang mowers, rollers, and roto-tillers.
  • Participates in filling, surfacing, hauling and fertilizing operations.
  • Performs related work as required.
Minimum Qualifications (Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

One year of experience in grounds keeping work and a high school diploma or equivalent.

Must possess a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.

The successful candidate must be able to communicate well and/or perform well in an interview and successfully complete the interview process.

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Demands
  • Good physical condition to permit long hours of indoor/outdoor physical labor.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Lift, climb, bend, kneel in order to complete assigned tasks.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 03/12/2018
Close Date 03/26/2018
Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must satisfactorily pass an adaptive skills test and physical examination as a condition of employment.

The successful candidate (s)will also have to complete a background investigation as a condition of employment.

Applicant must provide the names, phone number, and email address for three professional references.

Background Clearances

In accordance with Act 153 of 2014 (HB 435), appointment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, Act 34, Pennsylvania Criminal Record Clearance; Act 151, Child Abuse Clearance; and Act 114, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks.

Appointment is provisional for a single 90 day period provided the “Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form” and verification of your application for the three background checks are returned to Deana Hill, Associate VP for Human Resources.

Diversity Statement

Lock Haven University is profoundly dedicated to cultural diversity and supports the integration of diverse and international perspectives within the working and learning environment. LHU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. To learn more about diversity at LHU and in our community, visit our website at

About LHU

A career at Lock Haven University (LHU) is a distinctly unique and exciting opportunity. We encourage and support diversity and international perspectives within the working and learning environment.LHU is located in central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River and the picturesque Bald Eagle Mountains. LHU is one of fourteen universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Quick Link
Annual Security Report (Clery Act)

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You may also request a paper copy from the Public Safety Office located in the Glennon Infirmary building or by calling 570-484-2278.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your highest level of completed education
    • High School Degree/GED
    • Associates degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • Ph.D or D. Ed
  2. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • Under 1 year
    • 1-3 years
    • 4-6 years
    • Over 7 years
  3. * Do you have a valid Pennsylvania Driver's license
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * If you do not already have a valid PA driver's license is there anything preventing you from receiving one prior to the start of employment?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not applicable-already possess a PA driver's license
  5. * Are you able to lift 50lbs.?
    • yes
    • no
  6. * Can you perform the essential duties of this position with or without accommodations?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Please indicate where you heard about this employment opportunity.
    • Local Newspaper (The Express, Sun Gazette, CDT)
    • The Chronicle (print/online)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • The Hispanic Outlook
    • Professional journal
    • Electronic list serve
    • Personal Referral
    • LHU Website
    • CareerLink Office
    • HERC website (NJ/PA/DE)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents