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Midwestern University Groundskeeper - AZ - Landscaping in Glendale, Arizona



The Groundskeeper is responsible for routine skilled and unskilled maintenance of interior and exterior buildings and grounds, including the operation of motorized vehicles. The position reports to the Manager of Landscaping.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Trimming, edging, and mowing lawn areas.

  • Lawn area grading/sod installation.

  • Pruning, planting, and staking trees and plants.

  • Installing granite, including detail around plants.

  • Applying granular fertilizers to turf, trees, and plants.

  • Maintenance of all landscape equipment including mowers, tractor, carts, and other power equipment.

  • Operating a variety of powered and non-powered equipment to include trimmers, trucks, riding/walk-behind mowers, pole pruner, push spreaders, chainsaw, utility carts, and ladder.

  • Irrigation repairs/adjustments of sprinkler heads, lateral lines, and valves.

  • Exterior housekeeping – sweeping, trash removal, and cleaning and painting fences, curbs, hydrants and handrails as needed.

  • Event set-up and take-down as needed.

  • Cleaning exterior signs as needed.

  • Minor driveway/parking lot surface repairs as needed.

  • Assisting other building maintenance specialists in performing various tasks as needed.

  • Complying with University safety policy at all times.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Overtime will be required as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This individual must have the ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner and must have regular, predictable, in-person attendance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High School diploma or equivalent; must possess and maintain a current State of Arizona driver’s license; at least 1 year of landscape maintenance required with knowledge of pruning, mowing, edging, and planting – irrigation knowledge a plus; able to communicate in English.

Language Skills

Basic skills: Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondences, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Reasoning Ability

Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Mathematical Ability

Basic skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is regularly required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell. The employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race; color; religion; creed; national origin or ancestry; ethnicity; sex (including pregnancy); gender (including gender expressions, gender identity; and sexual orientation); marital status; age; disability; citizenship; past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services; genetic information; or any other protected class, in accord with all federal, state and local laws, including 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). Midwestern University complies with the Smoke-Free Arizona Act (A.R.S. 36-601.01) and the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/). Midwestern University complies with the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Arizona Equal Pay Acts.




  • High School or better

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)