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General Services Worker, Facilities Management

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Job ID: 14003

Updated: November 17, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Grounds and Roads in the Facilities Department is currently seeking three (3) Full-time Temporary Short Term Grounds Services Worker for approximately 5 months ( end date March 31, 2018).

Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Grounds unit is responsible for the maintenance of the University campuses outdoor environment, including hard and soft landscaping activities. These activities typically range from; snow removal from roads, parking lots and sidewalks, grass cutting and trimming,  irrigation system operation including maintenance and repairs, underground utilities, storm sewers and drains maintenance, solid waste and recycling collection, road surface repairs and construction.  Winter snow clearing operations will require night shift work.
This position reports to the Supervisor and Lead Hands. Work is performed under direct supervision.

Hours of work are 37.5 hours per week, 5 days per week.  Overtime is not normally required, however, in case of emergency or snow removal operations, it may be authorized by the supervisor or lead hand.  Call-in would be made on an as-needed basis. This position is a part of the AUPE Collective Bargaining Unit.

This position requires work be carried out with the following conditions: lifts of heights up to 4 meters, heavy lifting, year round indoor and outdoor responsibilities, controlled hazardous environments, inclement weather conditions. This position is expected to use equipment that requires minimal instruction to operate: front-deck riding mowers, side-folding reel mowers, push mowers, weed eaters, hand tools, mechanical brooms, light trucks, light tractors, 5 ton truck with sander and belly plow, grader, backhoe, front-end wheel loader, ditch witch, flat deck trailer, and other hand controlled and motorized mechanical equipment.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Perform routine skilled and semi-skilled work relating to grounds maintenance and/or grounds landscape and irrigation construction. Duties, depending on the season, will include, as directed:

  • Cultivating, transplanting, watering and maintaining lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers and mowing/ trimming of grass using manual or powered tools and equipment
  • Mowing of large lawn areas using the front-deck riding mower or the side-folding reel riding mower, and performing cleaning and lubrication on assigned mowers as instructed
  • Hand cultivating and maintaining flower and shrub beds using hand tools
  • Operating equipment that requires minimal instruction to operate. This includes hand held/controlled lawn mowers, weed eaters and other hand controlled mechanical equipment, light trucks, and light tractor
  • Clearing snow from building entrances, steps, sidewalks, and patios using shovel, hand operated power equipment, mechanical broom and other motorized equipment
  • Picking up paper and other rubbish and performs other general cleanup work
  • Picking up recycling and waste at various bin locations
  • Spreading sand or salt by hand
  • Operating of 5 ton truck with sander/belly snow plow/dump box for snow clearing and gravelling
  • Operating of motorized grader, backhoe, ditch witch, and front-end wheel loader
  • Mechanical repair and maintenance service work on large and small heavy equipment
  • Cleaning and inspection of storm sewers and drains
  • Maintenance and repairs to the irrigation system
  • Pothole patching on road surfaces


Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum formal education equivalent to grade 12 with a number of years of previous experience in public works, underground utilities, landscape maintenance, construction, and/or irrigation systems is required.
  • Public works and horticultural training or knowledge would be an asset.
  • Experience with, or a willingness to learn and an aptitude for working with large, motorized equipment are required.
  • Must be able to work with hand, power, motorized, tools and equipment.
  • Must be safety conscious, operate equipment safely and wear required safety equipment when on the job.
  • Must be able to take direction, possess good verbal skills, and must be able to work alone or with others.
  • Enjoy working outdoors and be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
  • Enjoy working with tools and mechanical equipment, following established procedures and taking responsibility for completing assigned tasks.
  • Must have the strength and stamina to lift and carry heavy materials, and to perform repetitive tasks involving bending, stretching, walking and kneeling.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Class 5 Alberta driver¿s license with less than 7 demerits (graduated and probationary licenses are not permitted).
  • A drivers abstract will be required at time of hiring. A valid Alberta driver's license (graduated and probationary licenses are not permitted) will need to be shown at the time of interview.
  • A valid first-aid certificate would be an asset.

Application Deadline:  October 18, 2017

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Trades Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website


About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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