Groundskeeper, Horticultural Worker

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Office of Physical Plant
Buildings and Grounds
Full/Part Time:


Select plant materials, design plant combinations, and coordinate campus planting with Campus Landscape Architect. Layout flowers, trees, shrubs, and turf on campus. Organize plant material orders. Keep accurate records. Lead and direct the work of and train full-time and part-time employees in the correct methods and procedures required to manage horticultural plantings. In conjunction with immediate supervisor, compile daily work schedules, plan and inspect work related to horticultural plantings. Inspect plant material for disease, insect, or mechanical damage. Perform routine maintenance on, and modifications to, a variety of nursery and greenhouse equipment. Maintain watering systems, sprayers, etc. Repair or replace faulty plumbing. Set up and maintain electrical devices such as time clocks, control units and fans. Interpret simple sketches and/or specifications. Establish sub-grades and finish grades for planting beds and turf. Plant, water, transplant, prune, fertilize, cultivate, and maintain nursery, greenhouse crops, and campus plantings. Select, mix, and apply pesticides to nursery, greenhouse crops, and campus plantings as required. Prepare proper soil mixes. Move heavy materials such as soil, stone, wood chips, compost, soil mixes, fertilizers, and plant materials as required in nursery and greenhouse operations. Refer problems to group leaders, foreman, and supervisors. Operate trucks, tractors, hi-lift, backhoe, skid steer loader, tree spade, mowers, spreaders, and other landscape equipment as required. Adjust, clean, oil and grease equipment. Inspect water level, anti-freeze, engine oil, air filters, and air pressure of tires on equipment. Repair and adjust equipment as required. Remove snow and ice from walks, roads, parking lots, and shrubbery. Spread cinders and other anti-skid material on walks, roads, and parking lots. Remove brush, leaves, grass clippings, paper, spoil, cinders, and rubbish from walks, roads, curbs, parking lots, lawns, and other University property. Job Requirements: Requires the use of shop mathematics together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, various types of adjustable measuring instruments and the training generally applicable in a particular or specialized occupation. Equivalent to 1 to 3 years applied trades training. Requires a Pennsylvania Certified Applicators License, Category 6 and 7. Over 9 months up to and including 12 months of effective experience. Shift: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Days Off: Saturday, Sunday NOTE: EMPLOYEE MUST BE ABLE TO WEAR A RESPIRATOR AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO MEDICAL CLEARANCE. NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES THAT YOU OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE AS A PART OF YOUR JOB DUTIES. A VALID DRIVER`S LICENSE AND SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE RECORDS CHECK WILL BE REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO STANDARD BACKGROUND CHECKS.


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These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088