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General Function

Performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks related to maintaining the health of trees on the University grounds

Job Details

Functional Title

Building and Grounds Specialist, Senior

Job Code


Classification Series

Building and Grounds




Physical Facilities


Non exempt

Last Updated

July 1997

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Oversees activities of unit; enforces rules and regulations; ensures the smooth flow of operations; ensures availability of tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Supervises staff; assigns tasks; monitors and evaluates staff.
  • Monitors and reviews completed tasks; ensures that any necessary changes or corrections are made.
  • Monitors the condition of trees on campus; inspects for disease, insect infestation, or hazardous conditions; determines appropriate treatment for damaged trees.
  • Uses a variety of power tools to remove dead, diseased, or damaged limbs; removes stumps; applies fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides.
  • Maintains tools and equipment; maintains records of work performed and time/materials used.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Quality Manager-Campus Services

Direction Given: Functional guidance to a group of student employees. Occasional training and instruction of classified staff.

Minimum Requirements

Requires nine months of training beyond high school in tree care and four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of tree care techniques and procedures
  • Knowledge of power tool operation
  • Knowledge of safety procedures

Working Conditions

Physical effort usually requires considerable standing, walking, climbing, and operating equipment. Some lifting of materials weighing up to 70 pounds. Periodic assignment given which entail dealing with modestly unpleasant physical situations. There may be considerable noise generated by machine operation and some machinery and chemical usage may present an element of personal risk of injury.

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

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