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Lead Grounds Maintenance Worker - Housing

Lead Grounds Maintenance Worker - Housing

locationEvansville, IN, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/18/2023
Full Time

Title: Lead Grounds Maintenance Worker - Housing

Division: Finance and Administration

Department: Facility Operations and Planning

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: Grade 7: $15.47/hour

EEO Job Group: 9 E8

Position Summary

The University of Southern Indiana is accepting applications for Lead Grounds Maintenance Worker - Housing.

As a working supervisor, assist Grounds Supervisor in scheduling, directing, performing and overseeing the seasonal tasks relating to general upkeep of landscaped and turf areas; roads and walkways; parking lots; lakes, streams, and watersheds; playing fields and recreational facilities; University property, the University housing complex and Historic New Harmony grounds; and minor construction projects.


  • Assist in planning and coordinating daily work schedule for department employees as directed by the Grounds Supervisor.
  • Assist in determining methods and standards for work, allocating machines and equipment, and assigning tasks to accomplish seasonal programs for all grounds maintenance areas.
  • Supervise the work of others in the grounds maintenance areas in the absence of the Grounds Supervisor or as necessary.
  • Work from blueprints, landscape plans, sketches, work orders or oral instruction to landscape areas and construct outdoor facilities.
  • Coordinate the operation of complex and specialized grounds maintenance equipment to apply herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Maintain inventories, warehouses supplies and equipment pertaining to landscaping, grounds development and maintenance.
  • Coordinate and lead regular employees, seasonal and temporary employees and student workers in seeding, sodding, aerating, fertilizing, mowing and trimming of turf areas and removal of trash and debris.
  • Assist in interviewing and selecting applicants for grounds worker positions available as needed.
  • Assist in the coordination with civic groups and University departments to provide setup support for outdoor events and athletic programs.
  • Prepare and conduct employee 30-day, 60-day, 90-day and annual performance evaluations.
  • Assist the Grounds Supervisor in disciplinary actions as required.
  • Inspect and report to the Grounds Supervisor the condition of grounds and landscaping areas to plan daily work.
  • Coordinate the purchase of equipment and supplies for the grounds maintenance program. Prepare requisitions for purchase of materials and supplies.
  • Act as liaison between vendors and the University ensuring best product for best price is achieved.
  • Collect, check, and verify all payroll time sheets for support staff and student workers. Assist in Resolving areas of discrepancies when necessary.
  • Plan and develop preventative and regular maintenance programs for the athletic fields (i.e. formulating chemical programs involving fertilizing, soil amendments, insecticides, pre emergent and post emergent).
  • Assist in supervising the maintenance of University roads, walkways, parking lots, and loading docks to include minor paving, patching, grading, ditching, and snow removal.
  • Assist certified ground maintenance workers in applying chemicals, pesticides and herbicides to trees, shrubs and turf.
  • Assist in supervising the maintenance of vehicular equipment to include trucks, tractors, mowers and towed or mounted equipment i.e. sprayers, spreaders, loaders, plows, discs, blades, aerators, seeders and rollers; hand and powered tools to include saws, augers, trim mowers, week cutters, pruning shears, shovels, and hoes.
  • Coordinate and plan seasonal planting and pruning programs. Tend to minor tree plant diseases.
  • Plan and execute basic landscaping designs and plant selections to achieve erosion control and enhance wildlife habitats.
  • Develop and maintain outdoor facilities to include playing fields, shelter houses, fences, picnic areas, campgrounds, recreational facilities, fishing areas, nature trails, and fences.
  • Instruct employees on safety use of equipment and pesticide applications.
  • Attend seminars on the application of pesticides as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • High school diploma/GED required.
  • Experience operating specialized equipment and a working knowledge of turf maintenance, diseases, chemicals, and agriculture/horticulture/landscaping required.
  • Certified or eligible for certification in use of herbicides and pesticides required.
  • One year of previous supervisory experience required.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

Three years’ experience in ground maintenance preferred.

About USI

The University of Southern Indiana is a public higher education institution located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, IN. We offer employees exceptional benefits! Benefits for this position include:

  • Affordable medical, dental, vision, life and short term and long-term disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement plan where the University makes the total contribution equivalent to 7% of annual salary.
  • Full tuition fee waiver for employees/75% for spouses and dependent children.
  • Accrue up to 10 paid vacation days per fiscal year – accrual increases after 4, 7, and 11 years of service

For more information about the benefits that USI offers, please visit

Application Process

Click “Apply Now!” near the top right of this page to complete an application.

Pre-Employment Screening

A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Authorization to Work in the United States

USI will not sponsor an employment-related visa for this position.

Interview Accommodations

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please contact the manager of Employment at or (812) 464-1840. Contacting the manager of Employment is intended for use in seeking disability-related accommodations only. For general applicant inquiries, contact Human Resources at or (812) 464-1815.

EEO Statement

The University of Southern Indiana is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.