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Rochester Institute of Technology Groundskeeper II in Rochester, New York


Position Title:

Groundskeeper II


FMS Grounds

Detailed Job Description:

Please note: 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.

  • Care for established lawns and athletic fields. This includes:

  • Mowing, mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, and trimming/edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.

  • Assist the Athletic Field Specialist in preparing all athletic fields for their use by RIT’s collegiate, club, and intramural teams.

  • Safely and efficiently operate vehicles and powered equipment necessary for these activities.

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

  • Winter snow removal and seasonal maintenance. This includes proper techniques for removing snow from roads, walkways, parking lots, and stairs, as well as coordinating and/or performing winter snow removal on artificial and natural turf fields using techniques to prevent damage to fields, surfaces, and their bases. Safely and efficiently operate vehicles and powered equipment necessary to perform these tasks.

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

  • Plant, trim, and prune trees, shrubs and flowers as directed.

  • Stewardship of the University property, equipment, and tools. This includes all department equipment and all University landscape and property contained therein (statues, shrubbery, waste containers, fences, benches, etc.)

  • Remove litter from grounds. This includes:

  • Emptying trash containers.

  • Sweeping doorways, steps, and fire exits.

  • Removing signage, posters, and graffiti from campus buildings and grounds.

  • Removing and properly disposing of dead animals, wash away blood, other body fluids, and other situations as directed by FMS or Public Safety.

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

Requisition Number:



Finance & Administration

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Employment Category:


Additional Details:

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, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to

How To Apply:

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: . Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

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Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED plus one year experience in outdoor all seasons work in a commercial or university campus setting.

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

  • Able to lift 50 pounds.

  • Ability to effectively communicate.

PLEASE NOTE: The individual hired for this position will be required to: Have a pre-employment Motor Vehicle check, and the Motor Vehicle Report must clear RIT's Safe Driving Policy ( , which can be found on page 4.

Department/College Description:

The position is part of the FMS Grounds Department, and maintains and enhances the aesthetic beauty of the 1200 acre RIT campus landscape and hardscape under the direction of the Grounds Supervisor. Primary duties involve the maintenance and repair of all exterior grounds features and daily pickup of trash from all areas of campus. Some duties are seasonal in nature and include mowing, snow clearing, pruning and leaf removal.

This position requires a self-motivated individual who is willing to perform manual labor; has the ability to withstand irregular and long hours during winter weather conditions; has the ability to tolerate prolonged exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, unpleasant odors and loud noises.

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).

Staff Job Function:

General Services-Facilities Management and Grounds