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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Facilities

Get Outside and help keep the Bucknell Campus beautiful!!

This physically-active labor position includes duties such as grounds-keeping tasks including mowing, lawn and shrubbery installation and maintenance, snow removal, and leaf collection. You will also support Bucknell’s construction efforts, set-up/tear-down for various campus events, and moving of materials, furniture, and supplies. Lifting up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis is required. If this type of work appeals to you, apply for this position within our Labor and Grounds crew!!

This is a full-time, 12 month, non-exempt, benefits eligible position. The immediate supervisor is the Labor Crew Leader.

Job Duties:
• Use small hand tools and small grounds machines.
• Perform such work as mowing grass; trimming trees and shrubs; weeding flower beds; preparing seed beds; planting trees and shrubs; lining playing fields; plowing and shoveling snow; operating power hand tools; operating equipment, trucks & buses; moving furniture and other equipment.
• Perform related work as required to carry out University and student-related programs for set-up/tear-down for University facilities and grounds.
• Perform without the direct aid of a supervisor, carry on a routine project, and help to direct other laborers if so directed by a supervisor.
• Perform basic maintenance on fleet vehicles, such as washing, vacuuming, and oil changes.
• Perform work in a safe and appropriate manner.
• Immediately reports accidents, injuries, security violations, stolen or missing items and safety hazards and conditions, to an available supervisor.
• Follow policies and procedures as outlined in the Support Staff Handbook.
• From time to time must do custodial and other work such as trades helper support.
• Adhere to OSHA standards, employs safe practices, and follows safety policies/procedures. Use PPE in a safe manner, sets examples for others, notifies supervisor of potential hazards, and demonstrates good housekeeping habits.
• Contributes to Bucknell's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
• Supports and promotes the University’s sustainability effort.
• Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisors.

This position is classified as part of essential services. Therefore, must have the ability to work evenings and weekends as required; and report to work even if campus has a delayed opening, early closing, or is closed, unless instructed otherwise by a supervisor or when the individual has concerns related to their personal safety. Post offer drug screening, driving history check, and background check will be conducted.

Minimum Qualifications:
• High School diploma, GED, or vocational school diploma.
• Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written instructions.
• One year of experience as a laborer, including the use of tools and equipment used in maintenance/construction or an equivalent combination of experience and training.
• A valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a Class-3 operator's license and pesticide license.
• Demonstrated ability to perform such work as mowing grass with small grounds machines as well as large area mowers, trimming trees and shrubs, weeding flower beds, preparing seed beds, planting trees and shrubs, lining playing fields, plowing and shoveling snow, operating power hand tools, operating equipment, trucks & buses, moving furniture and other equipment.
• Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
• Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, students, other staff members.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member including building and maintaining effective and cooperative working relationships; take initiative; and use good judgment.
• Demonstrated customer service and continuous improvement skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Increasingly responsible grounds or landscape maintenance experience.
• Experience performing specialized grounds maintenance duties such as irrigation system repair and maintenance, application of chemicals for pest, and insect and weed control.
• Basic knowledge of computer operation including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets and email programs.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain records, and meet schedules and timelines.

Physical Demands:
• Ability to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis.
• Ability to climb and work from ladders, roofs, and scaffolding.
• Ability to bend, kneel, stoop, push, pull, reach, lift, and carry.
• Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions.


Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of students. Student life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, and features restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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