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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3112 - Grounds Maintenance Worker

Job Description

UNION: Local 150

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the area of horticulture, snow removal, operation and maintenance of equipment; assists in building maintenance; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class are responsible for performing skilled tasks in the area of grounds maintenance, equipment operation, building maintenance, and mechanical maintenance.  Results are monitored through safety, economy, and quality of operations.  Employees in this class act as lead workers and supervise temporary and summer help.  Direction is received from the Grounds Crew Leader and Grounds Supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

•    Performs a variety of horticultural tasks including mowing, pruning, planting and transplanting.
•    Mixes and applies pesticides and fertilizers.
•    Performs turf renovation by core certification and overseeding.
•    Removes damaged sod and installs new sod.
•    Cultivates and maintains planting beds, tree rings, etc.
•    Performs plowing, loading and hauling of snow from County grounds including roadways, parking facilities, walks and entry ways.
•    Loads and applies de-icing chemicals.
•    Hauls and moves materials, supplies, furnishings and machinery.
•    Operates a variety of equipment such as: small dump truck, snow plow, snow blower, salt spreader, sod cutter, rototiller, chain saw, trimmers, sweeper, front end loader, backhoe, forklift, a variety of hand tools.
•    Services and maintains a wide variety of tools, machinery, and vehicles including tune up, oil change, cylinders, blades and tires.
•    Repairs and installs electrical systems in vehicles.
•    May use a variety of shop equipment including welder, sandblaster, grinder, cutting torch, air sprayer, power washer, mechanical hand tools, etc.
•    Installs seasonal equipment.
•    Locates and removes refuse from County property; installs signs, performs traffic control duties.
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

•    Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Variety of horticultural practices
•    Safe use of pesticides
•    Equipment maintenance, operation and repair procedures.

Skill in:
•    Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of motorized equipment
•    Operation of tractors, trucks, motorized vehicles and other light equipment in all weather conditions
•    Performing basic mathematical calculations

Ability to:
•    Properly record and maintain daily work log
•    Understand and carry out written and oral instructions
•    Perform routine maintenance and repair activities
•    Applicable use of vehicles, equipment and various power and hand held tools
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction


Completion of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent; three years of experience in landscaping or grounds keeping which include two years experience in the operation and maintenance of moderate sized motorized equipment as it relates to grounds maintenance; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, arms, and feet to push, pull and operate tools and equipment, climb, crouch, stoop, crawl and lift, carry and handle up to 50 lbs.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

Must possess the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture Pesticide Operators License in good standing, or be enrolled to complete the exam to renew this license.  Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Illinois Driver’s License.