CAW - Groundskeeper Helper

Revision Date:  April 2006
Classification:  Groundskeeper Helper
Unit:    CAW


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 close supervision, the Groundskeeper Helper will work mainly in an assisting capacity with other staff in the general preparation, maintenance and cleaning of grounds, and sidewalks; assists with moving furniture and equipment; assists with setups for events; assists other departmental employees as required.


  • Performs a variety of grounds maintenance duties (e.g., cuts and trims grass, sweeps, washes vehicles, plants and maintains flowers and  shrub beds, removes litter) using such small hand operated equipment as hand mowers, and string trimmers.
  • Assists with the planting of trees, shrubs, installation of sod and the completion of similar landscaping projects.
  • Assists trades personnel with such tasks as moving materials and removing debris that weighs 35 pounds or less.
  • Assists in set up for special events.
  • Operates a cargo van or pickup truck for self-transportation and to move materials or equipment used to carry out daily duties.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


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

Level of Formal Education

  • Education to an acceptable level.
  • Valid Class V driver's license.


  • Acceptable related experience.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English
  • Willingness to work outdoors

Physical Requirements

  • Must be capable of performing the duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds.

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.

"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."