Grounds Employee
Job Details
Shady Side Academy - Pittsburgh, PA

SUMMARY:  The primary duty for this position is to maintain the grounds of the Academy property and related facilities in a clean, safe and attractive condition.


The Maintenance Employee shall:

1.      Cut grass and trim trees and hedges

2.      Leaf pick up, mulching beds, weeding

3.    Set-ups (all events) testing, dances, Homecoming

4.    Cut and line Athletic fields 

5.    Traffic for Athletic events, Academy events, Hillman events

6.    Maintain ice on rink, make ice and remove at end of season

7.    Move furniture as directed

8.    Snow removal on roads, sidewalks, steps to all Academy school buildings

9.    Campus trash pickup and recycle pickup

10.    Serve as a member of the Safety Committee for the Academy.

11.  Perform such other related tasks as required or directed by the Director of Facilities


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High school diploma with trade certification or completion of an apprenticeship program.  Significant previous work experience may be considered in lieu of trade certification or apprenticeship.  
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.  Pa State  Pesticide licenses.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routing reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before small groups or employees of the Academy. 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concept of basic algebra and geometry.    

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. 

OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the Academy community.  Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication.  Ability to drive between Academy buildings.  Ability to perform duties with awareness of all Academy requirements and policies. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

It is essential that the employee have the ability to hear and speak in order to communicate effectively
with the students, faculty and others. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand or walk. The 
employee also must be able to tell where a sound is coming from and hear in a noisy 
environment in order to provide effective guidance.  Specific vision abilities are required and these include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.  The employee must have the physical dexterity to operate equipment. The employee must be mobile, so as to move about the Academy premises.  Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints, interacting with the public and other workers.  

The employee must be able to perform the following physical tasks:

-    Lift or carry equipment, supplies or bulk materials up to 100 pounds
-    Carry, lift, stand or walk with repetitive use of hands to manipulate
-    Assemble scaffolding and climb heights of up to forty feet
-    Use stepladder and access school roofs for repairs in inclement weather
-    Work beneath buildings to correct plumbing/heating problems
-    Operate a truck, snow plow and salt spreader
-    Use trenching/compacting equipment
-    Use power tools

Occasionally, the position requires the employee to work irregular or extended hours, meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works indoors and outdoors as the task requires.  The employee will work near or with moving mechanical equipment.  The employee may occasionally work with toxic or caustic chemicals such as petroleum products, degreasers, spray, and non household dust.  The employee must be able to meet deadlines with severe time constraints.  Frequently the employee will work alone or with coworkers and work irregular or extended hours.  

The noise level in this position varies from quiet to loud.