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Job Summary

  • Operate power equipment and machinery including tractors, loaders, riding, reel and rotary mowers, riding and hand blowers and vacuuming equipment, gang and slope mowers, mechanical seeders and tillers, power and hand fertilizing equipment and other motorized vehicles and equipment.
  • Remove ice and snow from walks, drives, parking lots, steps, ramps, structures and building entrances utilizing snow plow trucks, power brooms, blowers and blades, truck mounted salting equipment, and a variety of hand operated tools.
  • Mix and apply selective and non-selective herbicides or fertilizers in properly calibrated proportions to lawns, athletic fields and flower and shrub beds.
  • Remove unwanted vegetation by weeding or by cultivation with hand tools.
  • Coordinate the work of assigned assistants.
  • Disassemble, clean and sharpen reel mower blades.
  • Clean, maintain and lubricate assigned equipment and make adjustments for proper operation.


  • Operate snow removal equipment including power brooms, blowers, blades, loaders, de-icing equipment, shovels, ice chippers and other misc. hand tools. Keep records of winter event details, equipment issues, material usage and material re-stocking needs.
  • Operate hand mowers and rollers.
  • Plant, transplant, fertilize, cultivate, irrigate, and seed perennial, biennial, and annual plant and shrubbery beds.
  • Mow, roll, irrigate, fertilize, rake, hoe, sweep, spray, and plant ground cover or grass areas.
  • Collect, haul, and dispose of refuse and debris.
  • Control weeds by hand removal, cultivation and chemical treatment.
  • Clean, sharpen, and lubricate hand and power equipment, such as hoes, shovels, pruning shears, sprayers, and rotary mowers.
  • Place and operate movable lawn irrigation systems.
  • Load and unload trucks by hand.
  • Clean and maintain parking lots and structures, such as replacing lights.
  • Install signs and sign posts with manual post pounder.
  • Erect street and pedestrian barricades.
  • Transport material by wheelbarrow.
  • Trim, prune, plant, spray and remove shrubs, trees, and brush.
  • Clean assigned areas of work and equipment
  • Complete AIM Customer requests, material requests, and work order status.
  • Repair and maintain the underground irrigation system and components including water supply lines, wiring, valves, controllers, and sprinkler heads. Maintain a computer operated irrigation system.
  • Maintain drainage systems and catch basins.
  • Diagnose turf and plant diseases and pest problems to determine an appropriate control including IPM, pesticide application, fertilization, mechanical or other techniques.
  • Maintain application records and product inventories and order stock as needed.
  • Perform daily athletic field set-up duties as needed including turf maintenance, irrigation, line striping, equipment maintenance, and clean-up.

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Functional and demonstrated ability to use the appropriate grounds equipment, power and hand tools to: mow grass, dig, load, install erosion control, sod, topsoil, snow plow, edge walks and beds, cultivate, trim and remove trees, vacuum, use blowers and power washers.
  • Possession of a valid State of Michigan driver’s license in good standing is necessary.
  • Must be able to obtain a UM-D Industrial Truck Drivers license.
  • Must be able to pass a DOT physical and maintain the certification.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a State of Michigan Certified Pesticide Applicators License.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ working experience.
  • Must have a clear understanding of spoken and written English.
  • Work shift will vary to meet seasonal needs. Must be able to work a flexible shift including weekends, on-call, overtime, and holidays, often during inclement weather.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.