Landscape Maintenance Technician, Grounds and Nursery

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University’s Grounds Department provides landscaping services, care, design, renovation, repair and maintenance of all grounds, trees, sports turf, irrigation systems, flower beds, and shrubs throughout the main CSU campus, South Campus, and Foothills Campus.

Position Summary

The Landscape Maintenance Technician performs landscape maintenance services, plant material maintenance to provide a safe and clean environment in assigned areas. This position will maintain grass, shrubs, trees, other plant material, and beds including hand mowing, string trimming, shrub pruning, planting bed maintenance. The position will also be responsible for Identifying disease, insect infestation and need for pruning or thinning of plant material; Recommends and carries out remedies to include mixing and applying herbicide/insecticide, ensuring proper pruning or removal of plant material and identifies problem areas in landscape design of past practices and recommends design changes or proper steps to rejuvenate.

Typical working hours are Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Minimum Qualifications

Two full-time years (24 months) of progressively responsible grounds care and maintenance experience of which must have included snow removal duties/responsibilities.

Must possess a current and valid driver’s license.



Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness and desire to apply chemicals.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to identify plant disease and infestation.
  • Demonstrated experience using proper pruning techniques on a variety of plants, trees, bushes/shrubs, etc.
  • Knowledge of snow removal tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrated self-starter and motivation to complete work tasks in an efficient, well-done manner.
  • Knowledge and ability proper herbicide/insecticide application/treatment.
  • Ability to plan ahead and maintain awareness of university events and activities.
  • Demonstrated experience working with minimal supervision.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated customer service and interpersonal skills.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Landscape Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform landscape maintenance of grass, shrubs, trees, other plant material, and beds. Duties include hand mowing, string trimming, shrub pruning, plant bed maintenance, etc.
  • Perform landscape cleanup including litter removal, hard surface cleaning, leaf raking/removal, etc.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Landscape Health Duty/Responsibility

  • Identify disease, insect infestation and need for pruning or thinning of plant material.
  • Recommend and carry out remedies to include mixing and applying herbicide/insecticide while ensuring proper pruning or removal of plant material.
  • Identify problem areas in landscape design of past practices and recommends design changes or proper steps to rejuvenate.

Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Sprinkler Irrigation Duty/Responsibility

  • Operate, maintain, and repair sprinkler and irrigation systems in assigned areas, including programming controllers, adjusting and repairing sprinkler heads and valves.

Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Snow Removal Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform snow removal with broom tractors, truck mounted snow plows, snow blowers, and hand shoveling.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Equipment Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform routine maintenance and repair of Grounds equipment.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Event Preparation Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide preparation and support for university events and other events on campus (e.g.: graduation, athletic events, etc.).

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Special Physical, Valid Driver’s License - Regular, Essential Services Designation - Required to be on duty to perform essential and/or emergency services of the agency without delay or interruption, Shift Work - Snow Removal - Position will respond before/after hours for snow removal duties. CSU football home game coverage. , Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - with training.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and 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. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.