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Rochester Institute of Technology Groundskeeper II in Rochester, New York


Position Title:

Groundskeeper II


FMS Grounds

Job Responsibilities:

The Groundskeeper II position maintains and enhances the aesthetic beauty of the RIT campus landscape and hardscape under the direction of the Grounds Supervisor. The Groundskeeper II performs a variety of annual and seasonal tasks which may include any combination of the following: maintenance and repair of exterior ground features, daily pickup of trash, sod laying, mowing, trimming, pruning, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, leaf removal, snowplowing, and snow removal.


  • The hours for this position could be between Sun-Sat 6am-11pm based on the needs of the department.

  • The Groundskeeper II is considered essential personnel. This means that this person must be willing to work a flexible schedule including call-in work that could encompass various shifts, weekends, holidays, Institute emergencies, and times other than normal work schedules.


  • Lawn and Athletic Field Care

  • Independently performs grounds maintenance activities including cultivating, planting, watering, aerating, weeding, mulching, trimming, grubbing, removing thatch, trimming/edging, mowing and/or pruning. Cares for lawn, gardens, shrubs, flowers, flower beds, trees and walkways.

  • Winter Snow Removal

  • Independently performs removal of snow and ice from assigned areas such as roads, walkways, parking lots, and stairs using hand and power snow removal equipment.

  • Coordinates and/or performs snow removal on artificial and turf fields using techniques to prevent damage to fields, surfaces, and their bases.

  • Spreads salt, sand, and deicers to prevent slipping.

  • General Grounds Upkeep and Support

  • Independently removes litter from grounds by emptying trash containers; sweeping doorways, steps, and fire exits; removing signage, posters, and graffiti, removing and properly disposing of dead animals, bodily fluids, etc.

  • Provide proper upkeep of hard surface areas including, sidewalks, concrete pavers, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, or other outdoor structures and amenities.

  • Provide support for special events throughout campus. Deliver signage, grills, and barricades.

  • Equipment

  • Independently operates hand and power equipment such as mowers, tillers, sweepers, snow blowers, edgers, shovels, and small vehicles.

  • Operates heavy equipment such as snow plows and tractors.

  • Performs routine assembly, cleaning and maintenance of equipment as needed.

  • Leadership/Supervision

  • Supervise, trains, or organizes work for student employees.

  • Specialization

  • Working towards developing skills in grounds specialization such as horticulture, athletic fields, etc.

  • Assists with special projects as needed.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Requisition Number:



Finance & Administration

Required Application Documents:

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

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Additional Details:

In compliance with NYS's Pay Transparency Act, the salary range for this position is listed above. Rochester Institute of Technology considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply:

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Required Qualifications:

Education & Experience

  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)

  • One year experience working in groundskeeping, construction, maintenance, facilities, or other outdoor setting.

Please note:

  • The individual hired for this position will be required to have a pre-employment Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check. Please refer to RIT's Vehicle and Driver Safety Procedures ( for specifics regarding what is considered in an MVR review.


  • Ability to

  • safely and efficiently operate vehicles and powered equipment necessary for grounds activities.

  • select and use appropriate PPE equipment for tasks performed and conditions encountered.

  • willingness to be self-motivating and willing to perform manual labor.

  • withstand irregular and long hours during winter weather conditions.

  • tolerate prolonged exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, unpleasant odors and loud noises.

  • perform physical activities such as standing or walking for long periods, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, crawling, and climbing ladders or scaffolding.

  • effectively communicate.

  • serve as a steward for all university property, equipment, and tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in commercial or university campus setting is preferred.

Department/College Description:

The FMS department works collaboratively to design, construct, operate, and maintain an exceptional and cost effective living, learning, and working environment.

What do we believe at RIT?:

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package ( that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Work Location:

Henrietta Campus — 100%

Job Summary:

RIT’s Facilities Management Services (FMS) department is looking for a dynamic Groundskeeper II to join the FMS Grounds team. We value and care about our team members and are committed to your well-being. As part of the team, you are eligible for RIT's comprehensive and competitive benefits program that adds generously to your total compensation. Some of those benefits include medical/dental/vision, sick and vacation time, retirement, financial planning resources, educational benefits for you and your dependents, employee wellness program, and free use of on-site fitness facilities. Additionally, our schedules are consistent, year-round, and you will be eligible for professional development and cross-training opportunities that support your career growth.

The Groundskeeper II is part of the FMS Grounds team that is responsible for maintaining the exterior campus environment. This includes the campus' 1300 acres of land, 32 miles of roads and walks and 48 acres of parking lots.

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