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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan. UM-Dearborn, a comprehensive university offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and attracts more than 9,000 students. Our faculty come from respected universities and doctoral programs, are recognized for excellence in research and teaching, and are active in professional and academic service roles in their respective fields. US News and World Report recently recognized our campus as a Best Regional University.


Operate power equipment and machinery including tractors, loaders, riding mowers, utility carts with or without brooms and plows, mechanical seeders and tillers, dump trucks, pickup trucks, 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 landscaped beds in a professional manner.

Perform common landscape maintenance techniques with hand and power tools.

Coordinate the work of assigned assistants.

Clean, maintain and lubricate assigned equipment and make adjustments for proper operation.


Perform basic and advanced groundskeeping duties in a wide range of landscape maintenance and construction installation applications with skill and interest.

Operate with proficiency a variety of hand tools related to landscape tasks including but not limited to: clippers, loppers, shears, saws, shovels, rakes, brooms, posthole diggers, fence post pounder, etc.

Operate with proficiency a variety of power tools related to landscape tasks including but not limited to: string trimmers, edgers, blowers, mowers, rototillers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws, polesaws, etc.

Operate motor vehicles safely at all times. Operate motor vehicles to perform assigned duties to travel, collect, haul, and dispose of refuse and debris, and as otherwise necessary to perform assigned duties.

Clean and maintain parking lots, parking structures, and other hardscape elements.

Load and unload trucks, pull weeds, pick up sticks, assist the mechanic with minor duties, plant flowers, etc., and accept a variety of tasks that are too numerous to list here but are basic to landscape maintenance and required to create and keep a functioning campus.

Take part in and complete all assigned duties in an efficient and effective manner and accept responsibility for caring for the campus and for your work.

Accept training and educational assignments and adjust actions as needed.

Perform basic building maintenance tasks.

Keep the campus and assigned areas safe, clean, and litter free.

Function as part of a team, assisting and cooperating with other members of the team moving toward common and assigned goals.

Work within the university’s sustainability and soil erosion and sediment control (SESC) initiatives.

A large portion of duties will be operating a string trimmer, spraying herbicides, planting plants and digging, leaf/debris and trash pickup, performing snow/ice mitigation where assigned assisting other crew members, and taking on other assigned duties.


Supervision is received from a designated official.


No supervisory responsibility.

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from high school is necessary.

Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

Possession of a valid State of Michigan’s driver’s license in good standing is required at all times for employment in this position.

Must possess a Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicators License on date of hire or within 3 months of start date.  Licensing in sections 3A, 3B and 6 is required.  Maintaining legal licensing is required throughout employment.

Must be able to pass a MDOT physical and maintain certification at all times for employment in this position.  UM-D will pay for testing.

Must be able to obtain and maintain an UM-D Industrial Truck Operator’s license (forklift) for employment in this position.  Training and testing is provided.

Must have a clear understanding of spoken and written English.

This position is considered essential and requires the ability to work a variable work shift to meet seasonal and campus needs.  Must be able to work a flexible shift including weekends, on?call, overtime, and possibly holidays.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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