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Landscape Technician II

Apply now Department: 3670060080 Fac Grounds Maintenance
Job no: 510487
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Facilities / Grounds / Skilled Trades
Pay Grade: 04A

About This Role:

Join the Facilities Ground Maintenance team as a Landscape Technician II. You will participate in planting, watering, fertilizing, pruning, weed whipping, mowing, pulling and hoeing weeds, raking leaves, picking up trash and debris, cleaning sidewalks, mulching, and snow removal by operating various tools and equipment of the trade. Perform plumbing and electrical duties to operate, maintain, repair, and install irrigation systems on campus grounds. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7 AM-3:30 PM.

The role of the Grounds Maintenance and Landscape Department is to provide a safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing exterior environment for the students, faculty, and staff of Kansas State University.

Why Join Us:

The Division of Facilities is an action-oriented service organization within the K-State family. We plan, budget, build, operate, maintain, clean, supply and transport. We are custodians, landscapers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, project managers, engineers, architects, accountants, and administrative professionals — all stewards and leaders of an inspiring campus shared by many.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:  https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires six months of relevant experience. (Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by a hiring manager.  This position is covered by the Kansas Association of Public Employees (KAPE) agreement.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skill in use and operation of tools, machines, and equipment commonly used in plumbing and electrical work at the skilled level
  • 18 months of experience in performing irrigation work and institution grounds experience
  • Ability to write concise, meaningful reports
  • Perform mathematical computations necessary to make accurate estimates for supplies such as fertilizer, grass seed, flowers and chemicals
  • Knowledge and ability to use soil testing equipment
  • Ability to read and make recommendations from soil test results
  • Thorough knowledge of plant materials and accepted horticulture practices
  • Knowledge of methods, practices techniques, and tools used in the planting and care of trees, shrubs, grasses, and plants
  • Knowledge of the hazards, proper use, and effects on insecticides and herbicides
  • Six months of experience in equipment operation
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Training at a post-secondary institution in nursery management, landscape horticulture agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or plant pathology and knowledge of all phases of horticultural practices preferred
  • Arborist training and experience in utilizing landscape plans and blueprint reading would be beneficial

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Valid driver’s license upon employment and maintain it.
  • 3A and 3B commercial pesticide applicator’s license required within the 6-month probationary period.
  • Considerable physical exertion is required to transport equipment associated with the position, often involving things weighing up to 75 pounds, unassisted, on a repetitive basis, daily.
  • Backflow Certification must be completed within the first year of employment.
  • This position is considered essential.
  • Responsible to know, understand, and follow safety guidelines in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, including K-State and Facilities policies and procedures. Responsible to comply with the safe work practices identified in the departmental Job Hazard Analysis, Personal Protective Equipment Assessment, and Departmental Safety Orientation Acknowledgment form.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Online application with three professional references and current contact information.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until filled.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$12.22 - $15.26 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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