Grounds Maintenance Worker

University of Holy Cross   New Orleans, LA   Full-time     Housekeeping / Janitorial
Posted on May 8, 2024


Under general supervision of the Facilities manager to perform the skilled operation of powered grounds equipment, including mowers, tractors, trucks and trailers; to perform grounds maintenance work; and to perform related work as required.


  • Plants and cultivates trees, grass, flowers, and shrubs.
  • Sprays for control of insects, weeds, and plant di
  • Mixes and applies chemicals used for weed control
  • Applies fertilizer as needed. Spades and otherwise prepares grounds for planting.
  • Mows lawns, trims shrubs, hedges, and trees. Hoes weeds and rakes lawn.
  • Operates power riding lawn mowers, sweepers, sprayers, trucks, tractors,

chain saws, power edgers and other motorized equipment.

  • Uses tractor attachments as the job demands
  • Hauls dirt, trash, and other materials
  • Maintains grounds equipment and vehicles in a safe operating condition.
  • Performs general grounds clean-up including picking up paper and trash on grounds

Areas as well as emptying all trash containers around the campus.

  • Performs building maintenance and cleaning duties.
  • Transports equipment as required using trucks and trailers sufficient to complete
    assigned task.
  • Off season, and rainy days will be required to do site maintenance work as needed or required by the Manager.
  • May perform duties at sites not permanently assigned to.


Possession of a valid and appropriate Louisiana Driver's License. 


  • Operation, use and maintenance of powered grounds equipment, tractors and


  • Methods, materials and tools used in grounds keeping work;
  • Appropriate safety precautions and procedure
  • Perform grounds equipment operation work, including the operation of tractors,

trucks, power gang mowers and attachments;

  • Perform general grounds keeping work;
  • Use herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers in an appropriate and safe manner;
  • Operate a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course
    of work.


Any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates possession of the
knowledge and abilities stated above and the ability to perform the duties of the position. A
typical qualifying entrance background is working-level experience performing grounds
keeping and mower operation work;


Physical requirements include:

  1. Employee lifts/carries 40 pounds frequently (34-66% of the time).
  2. Employee lifts/carries 20 pounds constantly (67-100% of the time).
  3. Employee's position requires pushing a maximum force of 36 pounds on objects.



  • Positions in this class require the mobility to stand, stoop, squat, kneel, climb ladders,
    reach and bend.

Other Conditions:

  • Incumbents may be required to work in inclement weather without effective protection
    from sun, cold and rain
  • Incumbents may be required to wear protective apparel, including goggles, face

Equal Opportunity

The University of Holy Cross assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, marital status, or veterans’ status in the admission to, participation in, or employment of its programs and activities.

Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above are invited to submit a complete application packet, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to Melanie Erlinger, in a single submission. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.