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An employee in this class performs grounds maintenance and landscaping functions at facilities of the school system to improve appearance.   Work involves the responsibility for safe efficient operation, and maintenance of motorized equipment such as backhoes, mowers, edgers, and other types of power equipment. 




Performs ground maintenance and landscaping functions such as fencing, asphalt and concrete repair, grass mowing, dumpster cleanup, tree removal, pruning, etc.

Maintains the grounds, grass, shrubbery, trees, walkways, steps and retaining walls of all school properties.

Maintains and repairs vehicles and equipment.

Operates a backhoe in trenching, filling or other minor excavations.

Operates mowers, trucks, edgers, trailers, and other hand tools and hand powered equipment while landscaping.




Graduation from high school supplemented by training in landscaping and lawn maintenance, and 1 to 2 years experience in landscape work and in the operation of a variety of motorized equipment or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.




Possession of valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina.  Must maintain a safe driving record.  Employees assigned to this position must follow specific drug testing requirements, procedures and consequences of positive alcohol or drug tests.




Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including backhoes, bobcats, graders, weed eaters, edgers, blowers, hedge clippers, chain saws, shovels, rakes, etc.  Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.  Must be able to exert up to 150 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 75 pounds of force frequently, and/or 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondences, reports, work orders, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, work orders, time sheets, etc.

Requires the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagrammatic form.

Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.




Considerable knowledge of various grounds maintenance and landscaping functions.

General knowledge of safety precautions applicable to grounds maintenance.

General knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization and administration.

Skill in operating general groundskeeping equipment.

Skill in obtaining materials for and overseeing projects.

Ability to maintain and repair groundskeeping equipment.

Ability to train others in the use of groundskeeping equipment.

Ability to maintain schedules.

Ability to maintain simple logs and records.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.


REPORTS TO:      Director of Maintenance

FSLA STATUS:    Non-Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.