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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is currently seeking applicants for a Groundskeeper opportunity. The Groundskeeper works in an extremely collaborative educational environment to care year-round for our 326 acres that make up the campus grounds. This includes approximately 100 acres of athletic fields, lawn and manicured landscaping, 150 acres of woods and prairies, and 65 acres of sidewalks, parking lots, and streets as well as 90 acres of land at the Platte Mound (the lands surrounding and extending beyond the “Big M”).

Essential functions of the position include: maintenance of the grounds, snow removal service, maintenance of equipment and signage along with the distribution of all university freight from Central Stores and Receiving.

This full-time position comes with excellent fringe benefits-medical, dental, paid leave, Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) retirement benefits, and more! Starting wage for this position starts at $14.00 per hour.


Maintenance and Modification of Grounds

  • Installation and restoration of lawn, landscape beds and prairie areas
  • Use appropriate equipment to maintain lawns, athletic fields, prairie areas, landscape beds, etc.
  • Application of fertilizer and pesticides as needed
  • Plant trees, shrubs and flowers as needed
  • Trim trees and shrubs and maintain flower beds and water as needed
  • Collect trash from grounds, empty trash and recycling containers and dispose of properly
  • Maintain grounds accessories to include picnic tables, benches, receptacle containers
  • Installation and maintenance of signage
  • Maintain bituminous and concrete pavements
  • Assist carpenters with material handling, demolition, hanging drywall, etc.
  • Assist electricians with installing light poles, underground conduit, trenching, and pulling wires

Provide Snow Removal Service and Respond to Emergency Repair Situations

  • Remove snow and ice from campus/city streets, parking lots, sidewalks, etc. using provided equipment and hand tools
  • Work with custodial to create safe entry into facilities
  • Pre-treat paved surfaces to keep free of ice by applying salt, limestone chips and brine as needed
  • Mount snow plows on designated equipment each fall and remove and store each spring. Maintain plows as necessary
  • Inspect campus for storm damage and report to Grounds Crew Lead or Supervisor

Equipment Operation and Maintenance

  • Operate campuses owned and leased light and heavy duty equipment
  • Provide material and equipment trucking services as directed
  • Operate bucket truck and lift to trim trees, put up banners, etc
  • Maintain good working order of equipment, hand tools, etc. and perform maintenance as needed
  • Return and properly store all equipment at the end of shift
  • Maintain inventory of grounds supplies and equipment repair parts
  • Report necessary repairs to supervisor and schedule equipment for repairs


  • Complete assigned trainings in a timely manner
  • Follow Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Record keeping
  • Be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills
  • Other duties as assigned

What You’ll Need to Succeed:


  • High school diploma / GED
  • Experience with landscape maintenance (mowing, trimming, planting, spraying, tree management, etc.)
  • Experience with snow removal
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic equipment maintenance
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Valid Driver’s license
Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

Supporting our community with a safe, clean, and healthy environment: The approximately 100 staff that make up our team care for the University’s 48 buildings, 416 acres of land (including the “Big M”), and over ten miles of roads, sidewalks, and paths. We manage the campus vehicle fleet, provide heat through the Central Heating Plant, and distribute keys and building access to all campus users. We oversee major construction and renovation projects, minor repair work, submit annual prioritization to the state for funding requests, and work to minimize our environmental impact. We do all of this to assure that our students and campus community have a safe, clean, and healthy environment.

Campus Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master’s programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin’s largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal. Applications will be reviewed until position has been filled. 

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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