Grounds Crew

Physical Plant


This position performs care and maintenance of campus grounds and athletic facilities. This is a full time, on-campus position. Generous benefits include health, retirement, tuition assistance, and considerable time off (annual accrual of 2 weeks vacation and 9 personal days; 12 recognized holidays and sick days). 



  • Groundskeeping duties; mowing, aeration, seeding, weed control through pesticide application; assistance in campus and athletic events; irrigation system maintenance; policing grounds, edging, and flower bed preparation and maintenance; fall leaf removal and bed mulching
  • Arboriculture duties; pruning, planting, pesticide application, and limb removal
  • Athletic Field Maintenance; layout and painting fields according to NCAA guidelines for all athletic events, removing trash, mowing, weed control through pesticide application, bleacher and stadium cleaning
  • Equipment Maintenance and repair; maintenance of small engine equipment; routine maintenance inspections to ensure equipment is in safe operating condition; mechanical maintenance of grounds vehicles including riding mowers, utility vehicles and tractors
  • Snow Removal; shoveling, using snow moving equipment to clear walkways, and salt application



  • High school/GED required; Associates degree in horticulture, arboriculture or landscape design preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience preferred
  • Employee must receive certification as a Grounds Technician within the first 2 years of employment
  • Knowledge of weed control methods and specifically the safe and appropriate application of herbicides and pesticides.  Pesticide applicators general standards certification is required
  • Knowledge of methods of planting and able to tend/cultivate landscape vegetation (plants, flowers, hedges, shrubs, lawns, trees)
  • Knowledgeable in irrigation/sprinkler system operation, maintenance, and repair
  • Possesses knowledge of small engine repair and grounds equipment operation, maintenance, and repair
  • Is knowledgeable of appropriate fertilizer use and application
  • Awareness and adherence to OSHA safety protocols are of paramount importance
  • Valid driver's license
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required; position requires an on-call rotation
  • Exposure to all weather conditions, heavy lifting and carrying
  • Physical demands: Routinely (>50%) lift and carry 15-50 pounds with frequent bending, stooping, kneeling and twisting. Ability to climb ladders, often with equipment. Exposure to extreme temperatures, heat and cold. 


Please download the application at   Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is open until filled.  Send applications to:


Illinois Wesleyan University

Human Resources

209 Holmes Hall

1312 Park Street

Bloomington, IL 61701

Fax 309-556-1710


Level R: $16.32/hr


The final candidate will pass a pre-employment physical and background investigation.   


Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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