Groundskeeper (Williams Bay, WI)

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: Under the direction of the Grounds Manager and Director of Facilities, works independently to perform a wide range of landscape maintenance duties, working safely with gas and diesel powered equipment including mowers, tractors, chainsaws etc. and attending to plants, trees and lawns. Performs daily routine maintenance and minor repairs to equipment and grounds features as needed.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Performs a full range of landscape maintenance duties including leaf removal, pruning shrubs and trees, spraying and fertilizing, lawn care and watering.
  2. Removes litter and empties trash cans.
  3. Cleans roads, parking lots and walk ways to ensure safety for pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  4. Constructs carpentry features and masonry structures for special landscape projects.
  5. Provides full care for designated indoor plants.
  6. Removes ice and snow from walk ways, roads and parking lots, including the application of ice melt and road sand using snow plows and sanders.
  7. In the event of unscheduled closures due to weather events and/or other circumstances, is considered “essential personnel” for reopening the college.
  8. Selects and establishes new plants and plantings in both landscape and the garden culture.
  9. Performs vector control including trapping and disposing of small animals and insects.
  10. Perform periodic maintenance of lawn equipment and vehicles.
  11. Assist with moving, loading, unloading and storing supplies, furniture and equipment.
  12. Respond to 24-hour emergency calls.
  13. Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures.
  14. Complies with all company, safety and risk management policies and procedures.
  15. Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
  16. Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
  17. Applies all applicable OSHA and related local safety requirements to all assigned work.
  18. Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
  19. Willingness to work in multiple areas within the Facilities/Grounds department.
  20. Maintain clean and orderly conditions in all working areas for purpose of observing all safety practices and regulations.
  21. Monitors contract work for the purposes of ensuring contract terms are fulfilled and work standards are met.
  22. Prepares written materials (e.g. repair status, activity logs, recommendations, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and/or conveying information.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • High School diploma or GED.


  • Job related experience within specialized field is required.
  • 5+ years’ related experience.


  • Strategic thinking and orientation with the ability to identify and to solve problems.
  • The ability to deal with multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and the flexibility to deal with changing needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve or exceed goals and the ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents; the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external audiences.
  • Customer-service focused.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends for University sanctioned events.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with all OSHA and local requirements related to all assigned work.
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of the George Williams College team.
  • Strong enthusiasm, motivation and drive.

Special Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and Evidence of Insurability.

Physical Requirements:

  • The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; significant climbing and balancing; significant stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/ or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 10% sitting, 60% walking, and 30% standing. The job is performed under some temperature extremes and under conditions with exposure to risk of injury.
  • Must maneuver around campus and the hilly terrain with ease.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.