Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 9, 2021
The Groundskeeper performs complex groundskeeping work at a State
Supported Living Center or State Hospital. Maintains and improves
the appearance of grounds and flower beds for the facility,
including mowing, weeding, fertilizing, and ensuring the effective
operations of sprinkler systems. Removes, plants and trims trees
and shrubs. Safely and efficiently operates power- and gas-operated
equipment to complete duties. Ensures grounds keeping tools,
supplies, and equipment are well maintained and accounted for.
Performs minor repairs on equipment in accordance with training and
skill level. Removes debris, trash and obstructions from parking
lots, roads, fences and sidewalks. Assists in minimizing the
presence and impact of nuisance animals at the facility, including
snakes, rodents and feral cats. Performs some minor maintenance
duties as needed in conjunction with maintenance staff. Performs
other duties as assigned to ensure the overall safe operations of
the facility. As needed, works some weekend and/or after-hours
callouts, to respond to situations impacting safe facility
operations. Works under limited supervision of the Maintenance
Technician Supervisor or other appropriate staff depending on
facility structure, with moderate latitude for the use of
initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a
specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule,
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave
policy and performs other duties as assigned. May be called out
after-hours to respond to situations impacting safe facility
Performs routine groundskeeping duties at the facility including
mowing, trimming, fertilizing, removing and planting trees and
shrubs, and plants new flowerbeds. Performs other types of
groundskeeping work as directed. If the SSLC has a cemetery,
maintains cemetery grounds, sets head stones, excavates graves for
funerals, and sets up casket devices and tents.
Mixes and sprays pesticides and herbicides. Treats for insects
around buildings. Performs litter control/trash pick-up. Moves
dumpsters for commercial company trash pick-up.
Uses gas- and power-operated tool to complete work safely and
efficiently. Properly cleans and stores tool and other equipment
after each use. Performs minor repairs and preventative maintenance
on tools as needed and reports major issues to the supervisor.
Completes tool inventory as required.
Follows the daily, weekly and monthly scheduling of work in the
grounds section/department. Works as a team member with other
groundskeepers. Reports any significant issues to the supervisor
Safely operates tractors with implements such as front end loaders
and backhoes for digging out tree stumps, cleaning up debris,
moving large amounts of gravel, sand, mulch and other landscaping
materials, and to help dig out areas for tree planting or if there
is a water line break.
Ensure roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are safe and free from
debris. Works beyond normal duty hours during inclement weather to
remove ice/snow from sidewalks, roadways, clear debris from catch
basins during heavy rain, and other related duties.
As instructed, safely and humanely trap and remove live animals,
disposes appropriately of dead animals and takes proactively
measures to abate future issues.
Performs general maintenance, repairs and construction work for the
facility in collaboration with maintenance staff commensurate with
skills and abilities. Drives trucks (non-Commercial Driver License)
as needed to haul needed materials and transport items around the
facility such as furniture, wheelchairs, and beds.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively
participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the
agencys obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may
require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
- Knowledge, skills and ability to safely fell and remove large
trees in and around buildings and other infrastructures.
- Knowledge, skill and ability associated with minimizing the
presence of nuisance animals such as rodents, snakes and feral
- Skill in safely operating power equipment such as mowers, power
clippers, tractors, backhoes, and/or pruning shears, and a variety
of a variety of hand and power tools used in
- Must be able to meet facility driver requirements.
- Ability to speak and read English is preferred.
- Ability to read, understand and apply a variety of inter-related
instructions such as those found in guidelines, regulations and
- Ability to perform basic mathematical computations.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
- Ability to train and lead others.
- Ability to stand/walk for extended period of time.
- Ability to work in hot and/or cold conditions.
- Ability to work harmoniously and productively with co-workers and
- Ability to lift and carry 50 to 100 lbs.
- Ability to withstand long periods of standing, bending and
- Ability to maintain and care for hand and power tools and
- Ability to learn to detect diseases in plants and grasses.
- Ability to learn basic knowledge of horticulture and to apply
that to job duties.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
- Must possess valid Texas drivers license or obtain it no later
than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state
drivers license must provide an original certified driving record
from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record
required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy.
- Chemical application (herbicide) license is preferred.
- Pesticide license is preferred.
Initial Selection Criteria:
- High School diploma, GED or work experience.
- Experience operating power equipment such as mowers, power
clippers, tractors, chain saws, backhoe and/or pruning shears.
- Prefer six (6) months of work experience in professional
Req ID 485558
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which
are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check,
pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the
Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide,
Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of
Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 25
must be registered with the Selective Service.
All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The
position may be required to work overtime and/or extended
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
There are no Military occupations that relate to the initial
selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for
this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and
veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this
position. For additional information see the Texas State Auditors
Military Crosswalk at
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
- Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS
agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring
and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability.
If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact
the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are
contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in
the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the
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