CAW - Senior Labour Groundskeeper

Revision Date: June 1, 2006
Classification: Senior Labour Groundskeeper
Unit: C.A.W.
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical plant of the University, including construction, renovations, provision of utility services, and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under supervision from a designated supervisor, the incumbent is responsible as a group leader to ensure the maintenance of grounds, roads, parking lots and sports facilities, provision of trucking services, moving and setups, completion of landscaping projects, coordination and assignment of work, assisting with the training of staff, controlling equipment and materials and maintaining related records.


  • Acts as a group leader to ensure the efficient completion of tasks and projects as directed by a supervisor.
  • Assists the Assistant Manager with daily planning and assignment of work.
  • Responds to requests from various departments and within Physical Plant by redirecting staff to address needs or by completing the work alone.
  • Ensures the efficient operation of all truck route deliveries and services by following up on difficulties, discussions with customers and reassignment of staff
  • Ensures the efficient maintenance of grounds, roads, sidewalks and parking lots.
  • Operates all equipment under the control of the General Services area as required.
  • Coordinates the work of Tractor Operators and others as required during snow removal operations and any emergencies which may arise such as floods, violent weather, water breaks or urgent calls from customers.
  • Responsible for completing setups for special events such as convocation and examinations.
  • Assists with the training of staff with respect to procedures, safety and processes in the department.
  • Ensures that satisfactory icemaking and caretaking services are provided at the Max Bell Centre and the Investors Group Athletic Centre by inspecting the facilities, distributing supplies and reporting problems to the supervisor.
  • Assists the supervisor in preparing estimates for landscaping, renovations and moving projects.
  • Maintains records relating to staff labour hours, time sheets and work orders.
  • Ensures that vehicles and equipment are properly maintained; reports problems to supervisor.
  • Assists in the evaluation and testing of equipment and materials.
  • Reports absenteeism problems to the supervisor.
  • May be required to assist with or coordinate housekeeping duties at the Max Bell Centre or Investors Group Athletic Centre.
  • Operates a two-way radio.
  • Performs other duties characteristic of the classification.


  • The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, plus an acceptable number of years of directly related experience.
  • Class 3 driver's license with air brake endorsement.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Good Certificate.
  • Completion of courses in the safe operation of Skid Steer loaders, backhoes and forklifts.
  • A valid Province of Manitoba Arborist's license is desirable.
  • A valid Province of Manitoba Pesticide Applicator's license is desirable.


  • A thorough knowledge of groundskeeping procedures practised at a large institution.
  • A combination of education and experience related to the position will be considered.
  • Must have a good knowledge of methods, equipment and materials used in providing related services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and relate well with staff, students and University departments is essential.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Must be willing to work various shifts and irregular hours.
  • Must have knowledge and experience of introductory computing skills (i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and web browser).

Physical Requirements

  • Must be capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

Note: Knowledge and experience of introductory applications requires the candidate to be able to:

  • Operate within the desktop environment, including file and folder management.
  • Accomplish introductory functions associated with creating, formatting, editing and saving a word processing document.
  • Understand the introductory concepts of spreadsheets and be able to enter and update data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to send and receive e-mail, add attachments, organize message folders, schedule events.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a web browse for introductory search tasks.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."

Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288