Landscape Technician (Grounds / Maintenance Worker)



Department Information

The mission of the IU Bloomington Facility Operations is to operate and maintain a high-quality physical environment to enhance student learning, faculty teaching and research. We serve other non-academic departments, and we support the University's service to the community and citizens of Indiana.

We are a service organization dedicated to the success and satisfaction of Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. Our responsibilities include maintenance, operation and improvement of buildings, grounds and utility systems, custodial care, and engineering support.

Our staff members are our most valuable asset. Each individual is a team member who contributes to the decision-making process. We seek creative and innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs. We set high service standards, and we reward superior effort and results. We promote the personal growth of our staff through education and training.

Our goal is to provide reliable and timely service at a competitive cost. We use proven technology to increase our capabilities. We solicit feedback to help determine the quality of our services. We maintain a safe campus environment, and we attempt to exceed governmental regulations. We conduct planning activities to achieve the most desirable future for our customers and our organization.

Learn more about Facility Operations: here.

Facility Operations is a division of Capital Planning and Facilities (CPF), at CPF we believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are inseparable from our mission to create campuses and communities that keep our faculty, staff and students feeling safe, supported and included. CPF Cares about each individual and the unique background and capabilities they bring to our team. It is through these diverse experiences and perspectives that we will thrive in the future as a team that actively represents Indiana University's commitment to diversity and equity.

Job Summary

  • Mows, trims and edges turf areas using riding mower, push mower, weed whip and edger. Mulches,weeds, removes thatch, aerates, and trims and edges around flower beds, walks, pathways and walls.Prepares planting beds with hand and power tools; integrates soil amendments; plants bulbs, flowers,ground covers, trees and shrubs; applies mulch. Prunes trees, shrubs, vines and hedges.
  • Applies seed, fertilizer and chemicals.
  • Rakes leaves. Performs snow and ice removal with hand tools and power equipment.
  • Participates in a variety of general maintenance tasks. Performs minor wall/drywall repair and painting; minor plumbing related repairs (faucet washers, clogged toilets, fountains, irrigation, etc).
  • Maintains parking lots and signage, clears storm water grates, paints curbs and stripes lots, and fills pot holes. Collects trash and items to be recycled.
  • Checks lighting fixtures and changes/replaces light bulbs.
  • Transports parts, tools, equipment, and materials.
  • May wash vehicles, checks and tops off fluid levels, and delivers vehicles for maintenance or servicing.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned, including general building maintenance duties. Drive University vehicles as needed. Work any shift as needed. 24-hour a day emergency response as needed. Assist with snow removal activities as necessary. Must be available to work during inclement weather (i.e. snow and ice) when weather emergencies dictate that the department is needed to take care of the campus.



  • High school diploma or GED.

  • 1 year of experience with landscape or grounds related work OR one year of experience with light general maintenance.

  • Possess a valid driver's license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
  • Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Proficient communication skills.
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
  • Highly thorough and dependable.
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to represent the company with external constituents.
  • Ability to drive multiple projects to successful completion.
  • Ability to build strong customer relationships.
  • Quickly troubleshoots and resolves problems.
  • Knowledge of tools, equipment, techniques, skills, materials, and methods of landscaping and maintenance of lawns and formal plantings.
  • Ability to determine the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Ability to operate riding and push mower, power tiller, power edger, weed whip, blower, sprayer, tractor, skid steer loader, dump-bed truck, basic hand and power tools, truck and trailer and string trimmer.
  • Ability to perform minor maintenance of grounds-related equipment.
  • Ability to work with wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to apply seed, fertilizer and chemicals.
  • May be required to acquire and maintain position-required certifications.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to remain in a stationary position as well as the ability to move about the workplace for long durations. It requires effective communication, the ability to operate machinery, tools, and controls. The role requires the ability to ascend/descend ladders/stairs, and to position one's self in low level positions, detect a variety of chemicals and/or gases. The role requires the ability to ascend to rooftops and move in tight spaces to perform and complete inspections. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Job Classification

Career Level: Foundational

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Engineering, Trades & Facility

Job Family: Groundskeeping

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

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