Landscape Technician I at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana

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Job Description:

Landscape Technician I Tracking Code890-674Job Description

Reports to: Landscaping Manager

Description of Job: The position will perform maintenance duties with the responsibility for the appearance and general care of all aspects of University grounds including but not limited to parking lots, roads, walkways, exterior signage, snow removal, salt spreading, plantings, mowing, and trash pick-up.

Landscape Tech I
NOW at $17.75/hr

Hours: Monday-Friday from 7:00-3:30. Hours and days may vary depending on weather conditions and event requirements.


  • Maintain campus ground, roads, parking lots, walkways, signage, plantings, stormwater drainage, manhole pumping, etc.

  • Mow, trim and edge turf areas using a riding mower, push mower, weed whip, and edger

  • Perform chemical treatments of lawns, trees, and shrubs

  • Mulch, weed, aerate, and trim and edge around beds, pathways, and walls

  • Prune trees and shrubs; propagation, transplanting, removal of trees and shrubs, weeding, etc.

  • Prepare planting beds with hand and power tools; plant bulbs, flowers, ground covers, trees, and shrubs; apply mulch

  • Install cardsharper and landscape furniture

  • Rake and remove leaves

  • Perform snow and ice removal with hand tools and power equipment and apply road salt and ice-melting agents to sidewalks, stairs, and parking lots

  • Hauling (snow, spoils, dirt, sand, gravel, etc.)

  • Remove trash on a daily, weekly, and as needed basis

  • Ensure grounds are clean and free of trash and debris

  • Complete work orders and communicate the status when resolved or an update is appropriate

  • Perform regular and preventative maintenance, making repairs to lawn equipment and tools

Moves & Set-Ups

  • Perform furniture moves as per work orders

  • Move furniture and various items to the University surplus

  • Complete the set-up and tear-down for campus events

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform work with prolonged standing, bending, lifting, pushing or pulling, and working in cramped areas

  • Average physical strength for lifting and or carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds

  • Work from a ladder and work with arms and hands overhead

  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders

Required Skills:

  • Working knowledge of computers for tasks including reading emails, logging hours, and entering work order information. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

  • Ability to work independently, but also an excellent collaborator and team player

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Detail-orientated

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions

  • Ability to creatively overcome obstacles

  • Skilled in working with a diverse academic community and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds

  • Knowledge and ability to operate various types of equipment including power mowers, saws, weed eaters, hedge trimmers, sprayers, zero-turn mowers; bobcats; backhoes, forklifts, etc.

  • Ability and safety knowledge to operate work trucks, grounds tractors, weed eaters, push mowers, and other equipment used to maintain grounds


  • High School Diploma

  • Experience with landscape and/or grounds work is desirable.

  • Must have a valid driver's license and pass all University driving requirements.

Valparaiso University requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.

All offers of employment with Valparaiso University are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks may include criminal history, motor vehicle reports, prior employment verification, and personal/professional references. If applicable to the position, background checks will also include credit history. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates for employment.

Driving a University vehicle or other vehicle while conducting University business is a requirement of this position. Applicants who apply for this position will be required to complete a motor vehicle record check. At a minimum, a successful candidate's driving record must be in compliance with guidelines established by the University. The results of the record check will be evaluated by the University before an applicant can become an employee of the University.

To be considered for this position you must upload:

  • Resume

  • List of 3 professional references

  • Answer all the application questions

Job LocationValparaiso, Indiana, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular
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