University of Waterloo

  • Groundsperson

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Grounds (CUPE)
    5508 - Plant Operations-Grounds
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
  • Overview

    Term: 8 months


    The Groundsperson performs specific landscape maintenance duties within assigned areas, contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, esthetically pleasing, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.


    There are 3 positions available.


    Day shift hours (6:00am – 2:30pm or 7:30am – 4:00pm) weekdays.


    Strategic Planning

    • Supports strategic planning efforts addressing stewardship responsibilities and long-term sustainability of the University’s campus, facilities and infrastructure and maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of campus services and optimal investments in University-wide infrastructure



    Follows set schedule and performs work within assigned areas, including but not limited to

    • Winter
      • Snow and ice control of doorways, steps and walkways, including, salting, sanding, ice chipping, shoveling and operation of powered snow blowers
    • Spring/Fall/Summer
      • Cutting grass with a self-propelled commercial mower
      • Preparing flower beds for planting, including operating a rototiller, digging, raking and leaf collection
      • Weeding, mulching and raking
      • Light pruning and clipping of shrubs and bushes
      • Assist with laying sod, transplanting trees and bushes and the installation of hard and soft landscaping
    • Year-Round
      • Collecting, handling and disposing of appropriately segregated waste and recycle streams
      • Trash and litter pick-up around grounds
      • Appropriately uses powered and non-powered equipment and tools
      • Follows training provided and instructions received from Group Leader/Supervisory staff concerning occupational health and environmental safety
      • Maintenance duties may vary depending on assignment of campus area and planned campus activities


    Health and Safety

    In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, responsible for ensuring University facilities and departmental activities are compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety

    • Active in health and safety and incident prevention by adhering to departmental policy, procedures and safe work practices required by the University health, safety, and environmental management systems (HSEMS), and in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation, developing and enhancing a safety culture among support staff



    • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities


    • High school or equivalent
    • Minimum one (1) year recent commercial landscaping experience. Work experience in major institutional sector(s), such as educational, post-secondary institution
    • Use of workplace materials and powered/non-powered equipment and tools such as, trimmers, mowers, blowers and hand tools
    • Demonstrated ability to write and read procedures, guidelines, instructions and labels
    • Routine physical activities including standing, walking, bending, crouching, reaching, lifting and carrying light (up to 5 kg or 11 lbs), medium 5 to 20 kg or 11 to 44 lbs and/or heavy (over 20 kg or 44 lbs) objects, pushing, pulling, working in awkward positions and/or maintaining one position for an extended period of time. Possesses ability to reduce any strain by changing positions and/or alternating performing other activities
    • Follows set schedule and performs assigned work routines. Follows instructions concerning occupational health and environmental safety pertaining to outdoor grounds maintenance
    • Day shift hours (6:00am – 2:30pm or 7:30am – 4:00pm) weekdays. Outdoor, full day, year-round assignment. Daily exposure to: a) dirty, noisy and/or smelly environments while collecting and handling waste and recycling; b) outdoor year-round weather conditions. May be exposed to biohazardous materials, including bodily fluids, vomit, urine, blood, deceased animals, etc. requiring appropriate handling and disposal


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