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Montana State University Irrigation Technician - Groundskeeper III in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22159

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kathy Jahnke at 406-994-6774 or

Classification Title Groundskeeper III

Working Title Irrigation Technician - Groundskeeper III

Brief Position Overview

Under general supervision of the Grounds Manager, Groundskeepers maintain and improve campus landscapes and ecosystems with a focus on reducing longer term maintenance and providing outdoor learning opportunities for the communities we serve, as well as maintain campus safety including responding to adverse weather. In addition, they support large campus events such as sports and concert, ensure infrastructure such as irrigation and storm water systems are functioning properly, and actively participate in support of programs such as Tree Campus USA and Waste and Recycling management.

Position Number 4N0830

Department Facility Services

Division University Services

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation Laborers

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Minimum $21.67 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Hourly

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Landscape and Grounds section of Facilities is responsible for: management and improvement of the irrigation system, minimizing the deterioration of campus grounds, maintaining the campus aesthetic, implementing campus landscape and grounds improvements, operating the recycling and solid waste programs, producing and reviewing plans and specifications for proposed construction projects, as well as evaluating finished construction as it relates to such specifications, and keeping the grounds free from physical hazards to campus users.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under general supervision of the Grounds Manager, the individual in this position operates a wide variety of specialized grounds maintenance, landscape construction, road maintenance, waste management, and snow removal equipment.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Irrigation system design, installation and maintenance

  • Turf management; tree and shrub maintenance and installation

  • Street and sidewalk maintenance

  • Landscape design and construction; greenhouse production; flowerbed design and maintenance

  • Street, sidewalk, and entryway snow removal and alleviation of icy hazards

  • Outdoor environmental safety

  • Weed and outside pest control; equipment repair and maintenance

  • Maintaining and producing landscape inventories and other detailed records

  • Waste/recycling collection, hauling and disposal

  • Performing related duties as required.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus relevant post-secondary education in a landscape-horticulture/maintenance curriculum or related area and/or up to 2 years full -time (or part time equivalent) experience in a commercial/large-scale grounds maintenance operation.

  • Experience in the installation and maintenance of underground irrigation systems.

  • Experience directing personnel.

  • Experience in general commercial grounds maintenance operations.

  • Experience operating specialized landscape equipment such as backhoes, skid steers, dump trucks, roll-off trucks, large mowers (72" deck or larger) and other equipment.

  • Demonstrated competence using personal computers and software, such as word processing, spreadsheets, electronic calendars, and email. Microsoft Office preferred.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience with installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting commercial irrigation systems including pumps and water distribution.

  • Experience balancing multiple work assignments, meeting deadlines, and exercising adaptability to changing priorities.

  • Experience and skill maintaining small engine machinery and performing incidental and emergency repairs on grounds maintenance equipment.

  • Experience operating snow removal machinery.

  • Experience in recycling/waste management practices.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Consistently exercise initiative and good judgment.

  • Effectively and safely operate work-related equipment and tools.

  • Accurately follow written and oral instructions and procedures.

  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and clients in person, by phone, or electronically.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and the public and be a successful team player.

  • Provide excellent customer service; and represent the department and MSU to others in a professional and courteous manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

Have (able to obtain within 5 months of the start date) a valid Commercial Driver’s License (Class B, Type II).

The final candidate selected for this position will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test. Upon providing proof of possessing a valid Commercial Driver’s License ( CDL ), the person in this position will be enrolled in the random drug and alcohol testing program.

The work schedule is typically 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but may vary greatly depending on departmental need. The person in this position may be called in for work at any time, particularly during the snow season. Snow removal operations may require a very early start time, with little prior warning. Weekend work will often be required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Application of herbicides and pesticides.

  • Performing physically demanding work such as shoveling, post-pounding, etc.

  • Personally transporting objects weighing up to 100 lbs., and working in dirty, dusty conditions, as well as in inclement weather.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: