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Posting number 2019.198
Position Groundskeeper
Department Facilities
Location Chilliwack
Contract type Staff, 100% full-time, Temporary
Contract timeline Four (4) months or end of sick leave, whichever date occurs first
Start date As soon as possible after closing date
Salary scale $3,518.73 - $4,180.54 per month (Staff pay group 5)
Closing date Open until filled

Job summary

Under the general direction of the Grounds Supervisor, the Groundskeeper performs services and maintenance of the campus grounds for the university. The Groundskeeper’s key responsibilities include:


Campus Grounds & Greenspace Maintenance

  • Maintains existing grounds and landscaping on all campus locations by operating hand and powered maintenance equipment which includes by priority, watering, weeding, mowing, edging, mulching, shearing, pruning, spraying, and fertilizing activities
  • Maintains general appearance, cleanliness, and safety of campus grounds, parking lots, exterior entrances, patios, and walkways
  • Performs minor repairs to hardscape


Parking Lot Maintenance

  • Re-grades gravel parking lots with a tractor on a quarterly basis
  • Maintains, installs, removes, and re-locates sign posts and signs as required
  • Responsible for keeping catch basins and parking drains clear from obstruction to prevent blockages and potential flooding
  • Performs daily safety checks


Equipment & Repairs

  • Operates a variety of heavy duty equipment for grounds maintenance, renovations, and snow removal
  • Performs minor servicing on fleet vehicles
  • Troubleshoots and diagnoses grounds equipment operations; performs repairs as able



  • Recommends suitable plant material for landscaping renovation projects and development of new landscape areas in collaboration with the Grounds Supervisor
  • Purchases and transports fuel, raw materials, and equipment between campuses
  • Reviews and completes work orders
  • Monitors and carries out established preventative maintenance procedures on a yearly cycle


Emergency Response

  • Assists in performing building evacuation procedures and subject to emergency call-out work
  • Performs snow removal services as required



Certificate in Landscape Horticulture from a recognized institution. Two (2) years related experience in grounds and turf maintenance, grounds keeping, and/or green industry (preferably at a large institution). A valid drivers’ license is required and a valid pesticide applicator’s license is preferred. First Aid training desirable. Experience in coordinating and monitoring of contracted landscaping services is desirable.

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education.

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV.

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