University System of Maryland
Job Class Specification
TITLE: GROUNDSKEEPER LEAD JOB CODE: N03GSL
FLSA: NONEXEMPT JOB TYPE: SYSTEMWIDE
EEO6: H70 JOB FAMILY/SERIES: MNL GRD
APPROVED BY: Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg EFFECTIVE DATE: 07/01/1996
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Under direct supervision, functions as a lead worker for a team of
groundskeepers performing manual labor duties in the maintenance of
grounds and facilities.
1. Leads groundskeepers in performing grounds maintenance activities
including cultivating, planting, watering, fertilizing, weeding,
mowing, and/or pruning lawns, gardens, shrubs and trees. Answers
questions and demonstrates procedures.
2. Assists in the maintenance of outdoor fields and athletic
3. Plants shrubs, trees, flowers and vegetation following detailed
plans or directions.
4. Removes dirt, trash and debris from assigned areas and transports
same to appropriate disposal facility.
5. Performs removal of snow and ice from assigned areas using hand
and power snow removal equipment. Spreads salt, sand, and deicers
to prevent slipping.
6. Demonstrates use and operates hand and power equipment such as
mowers, tillers, sweepers, snow blowers, edgers, shovels, and
small vehicles. Performs routine assembly, cleaning and
maintenance of equipment as needed.
7. Performs and demonstrates procedures for measuring, mixing, and
applying fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EXPERIENCE: One year as a groundskeeper.
Working knowledge of the general care of grounds; of techniques for
cultivating, planting, mowing, and caring for lawns, gardens, shrubs
and trees. Working knowledge of and skill in the operation and proper
care of assigned hand and power tools and equipment. Ability to read,
write, and perform arithmetic calculations; to follow oral and written
instructions; to perform work in, on, around, under, and over trees,
shrubs, buildings and facilities; to work at heights up to 35 feet; to
perform physical work requiring bending, stooping, reaching, carrying
and heavy lifting; to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions; to
wear and work in personal protective equipment.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Valid Maryland Noncommercial Class C or equivalent driver's license
may be required. Certification by the State of Maryland as a
pesticides and/or herbicides applicator may be required. Candidates
selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries and/or
medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.