University of Waterloo


Requisition ID 2021-6278
Job Category
Grounds (CUPE)
Plant Operations
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range


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.


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:



    • Snow and ice control of doorways, steps and walkways, including, salting, sanding, ice chipping, shoveling and operation of powered snow blowers


    • 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


    • 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

  • May be exposed to biohazardous materials

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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