Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 4110


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Salary Range 18 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072 $4265


The GROUNDS MAINTENANCE WORKER classifications are comprised of two progressive classifications that provide for plant, tree, lawn and grounds care on OUS campuses and properties. Individual position responsibilities and their associated skill requirements are defined in individual position descriptions. Both levels participate in maintaining a clean, attractive, well-landscaped appearance and safe environment to the grounds of and around OUS campus buildings and properties such as parking lots, athletic fields, lawn and recreation areas.

NATURE OF WORK: These positions require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location, the willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather and includes use of pesticides and work from ladders, and the willingness to walk, stand, and work from a bending position for extended periods of time. There are two levels of Grounds Maintenance Workers.


This is the second of the two-level series. This classification is distinguished by one or more of the following:

  • the responsibility for planning and coordinating the work of classified staff in the completion of assignments;
  • applying expertise in a horticultural specialty that is utilized campus-wide;
  • responsibility for landscape/maintenance program planning.

This level also recommends landscape strategy, setting priorities for implementing grounds maintenance work. Directs and participates in the maintenance of grounds.


In addition to performing the work of a Grounds Maintenance Worker I, duties include one or more of the following:

  1. Employee oversight: Assigns work to other employees; assists supervisor by planning, assigning, and inspecting the work of classified staff in the unit, adjusts work assignments and schedules to maintain adequate staffing levels and responds to fluctuating workloads; monitors employee performance and provides input to supervisor; assesses training needs of staff and assists supervisor in providing appropriate instruction; assists in providing initial orientation to new employees. Plans, coordinates, directs, and trains the work of a grounds maintenance crew which may consist of lower level grounds maintenance worker(s), laborers, students, and/or temporary employees.
  2. Landscape Maintenance Plan Design. Plan, design and install a landscape maintenance program. Typical tasks: designs, installs, and maintains irrigation and sprinkler systems which includes preparing the plans, specifications and materials lists, ordering parts and equipment, and ensuring the installation is done according to specifications; performs on-site inspections of work areas to determine landscaping needs and evaluates the quality of the work being done; takes and tests soil samples to determine the need for chemical additives or natural nutrients; identifies and diagnoses plant and lawn diseases and administers or directs the administration of the remedy; identifies specific areas appropriate to specific plant types and recommends planting and landscaping strategy to supervisor; reviews and interprets site plans and architectural drawings to determine planting or landscaping needs; reviews work plan with supervisor to set priorities and monitor goals.
  3. Specialty Assignment. Typical tasks: Applies specialized skills in specific landscaping area on a campus-wide basis, such as tree trimming, pesticide applications or irrigation planning. Provides instruction to and inspects work done by others in the specialty assignment.


The Grounds Maintenance Worker II has daily in-person and telephone contact with staff, faculty, students, and visitors to answer questions, give directions, discuss landscaping or grounds problems, and give assistance. They have regular contact with vendors when ordering supplies; with repair personnel when requesting service on equipment; and with other trades people when assisting during special events or emergencies.


The Grounds Maintenance Worker II receives general supervision from an administrative superior who reviews work or as needed to ensure compliance with established procedures. Employees use OSHA and DEQ guidelines, university policies and procedures, city, county, and State ordinances, codes, and laws, and material data safety sheets to ensure proper handling of pesticides and herbicides, safe use and repair of equipment and machinery, and proper landscaping design and land use.


  • Pesticide applicator's license may be required based on position duties; AND
  • Two years experience as a grounds keeper which included plant care; OR
  • An Associate's degree in Landscape Technology or Horticulture; OR
  • Completion of a Landscape Certification program or license in a horticultural specialty.

Revised 9/1/03