Building and Grounds Specialist

General Function

Performs a variety of administrative and groundskeeping tasks related to coordinating the maintenance activities on University grounds

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Assigns tasks to student employees; monitors their activities to assist in the enforcement of rules and regulations, ensure compliance with appropriate standards, and to ensure the smooth flow of operations.
  • Monitors the condition of trees and other plants on campus to ensure they are healthy.
  • May operate power tools to trim branches from trees due to damage, health, or other reasons.
  • Performs a variety of technical tasks including repairing catch basins and storm drains, and installing campus signs.
  • May perform a variety of groundskeeping tasks including pruning trees, renovating turf, weeding and mulching, irrigating plants, and snow removal.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Building and Grounds Supervisor, Senior or Campus Service Quality Manager

Direction Given: Functional guidance of a group of student employees on an ongoing basis

Minimum Requirements

Requires six months of training beyond high school and four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. May require pesticide operator's license. May require completion of 100, 200, 300 Series. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of groundskeeping operations
  • Mechanical skills
  • Supervisory skills

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.

Functional Title

Building and Grounds Specialist

Job Code


Classification Series

Building and Grounds




Physical Facilities


Non exempt

Last Updated

September 2013