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Grounds Crew Chief (Weekends)- Tempe campus

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

Grounds Crew Chief (Weekends)- Tempe campus


Campus: Tempe

Grounds Crew Chief

Job Description

Facilities Management, Grounds Services, seeks a weekend Grounds Crew Chief to supervise a day crew in the maintenance of grounds and turf management. 

Job Family

Custodial & Grounds

Department Name

FDM FM Grounds Services



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$21.92 per hour or commensurate of experience and education. ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package with the State of Arizona.

Close Date

22- November-2023 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed each week until the job is filled.



Essential Duties

  • Supervise, assign and monitor the work of one of our day crews in the maintenance of grounds and turf management activities.
  • Supervise the clean-up and maintenance for special events and sporting activities (i.e. graduations, events at Gammage Auditorium, Desert Financial Arena, Old Main and other signature buildings on campus). 
  • Monitor work of subordinates. 
  • Ensure adherence to safety regulations. 
  • Install and repair irrigation systems. 
  • Use grounds related chemicals utilizing a sprayer to disperse grounds chemicals including insecticides and herbicides. 
  • Trim and prune trees and shrubs.  
  • Rake leaves and mow lawns. 
  • Remove debris. 
  • Operate hand tools (e.g. loppers, rakes, shovels) and power lawn tools (e.g. chain saws, blowers, power hedge shears, string trimmers, edgers, aerators). 
  • Use ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions of the job.

DAYS AND SCHEDULE:  Friday – Tuesday, 5:00AM - 1:30PM

Minimum Qualifications

Five years of grounds maintenance related work experience which includes one (1) year of lead experience; OR, Associate's degree in Horticulture or related field AND three (3) years of grounds maintenance related work experience which includes one year of lead experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Employee may be required to possess a valid US Driver’s license of the appropriate class and required endorsements throughout employment.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in:

  • General turf care.
  • Mowing and overseeding practices.
  • Operating turf maintenance equipment and riding mowers.
  • Underground sprinkler repair and/or installation.
  • Design and/or redesign of irrigation systems.  
  • Grounds maintenance in a university/higher education setting.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of horticulture.
  • Principles, practices and/or techniques of grounds maintenance.

Evidence of effective communication skills

Working Environment

  • Activities regularly require long periods of exposure to external elements indigenous to a desert environment; weather; and potential exposure to venomous insects, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers. 
  • Regularly required to operate a variety of landscaping equipment, tools and machines requiring extended periods of walking over uneven and occasionally rocky surfaces, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and pushing objects of varying weights up to 50 pounds. 
  • Regular use of mowers, trimmers, edgers, shears, spreaders, hoses, hand and power tools/machines.  
  • Stand for long periods of time. 
  • Walk and inspect campus. 
  • Drive university vehicle/cart. 
  • May be exposed to hazardous and dangerous materials, tools, and equipment which will require safety precautions and/or specific process to be followed, and may include the use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) (e.g. safety glasses, hearing protection).   
  • Use of PPE may require medical clearance prior to use.

Department Statement

ASU Facilities Development and Management (FDM) maintains and services all university-owned property, and develops and constructs innovative and sustainable facilities. FDM’s vision is to contribute to and guarantee the success of the university’s mission by creating and caring for the ASU campus and environment. We provide quality customer service, effectively steward our resources, and meet the needs of the university through creative and collaborative efforts.

ASU offers a comprehensive benefits package at very competitive rates to enhance the total compensation of its faculty and staff.  This package includes low-cost health and life benefits to insure you and your family, a wellness program for preventative health education and screenings, a disability and leaves program for income protection, employee assistance for free and confidential behavioral health services, access to world-class educational opportunities at ASU/UofA/NAU at deeply discounted rates, disability resources for Americans with Disabilities (ADA), a retirement program with a variety of retiree benefits to ensure your financial security at the end of your career, paid vacation and holidays – and more.  For more information, please visit the Office of Human Resources, Benefits website, at https://cfo.asu.edu/benefits                             

ASU’s comprehensive benefits package is a significant part of your overall total compensation – and ASU pays for most of it when you are a benefits-eligible employee. https://cfo.asu.edu/compensation-estimator   

For more reasons to join ASU, please visit: https://cfo.asu.edu/why-work-asu

Facilities Development and Management at ASU employment requires current eligibility to legally work in the United States.  Facilities Development and Management will not be a sponsor for this position.

This position is located at the University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ (on Rural Road south of Apache Blvd).

Must pass pre-employment physical exam, to include audiogram post offer of employment.

Post-offer of employment, selected candidate must possess an acceptable driving record which is 5 or fewer points in the most recent 39 month period from date of hire. 

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU PD at 480-965-3456.

Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit https://cfo.asu.edu/az-resources.

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00pm Arizona time on the day indicated. 

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.  

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position. 

Work reference history information for 3 current and/or former supervisors will be requested at time of interview.   

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.