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Grounds Equipment Operator - Grounds
Minneapolis Public Schools | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Job Title: Grounds Equipment Operator - Grounds  and Requisition ID number: 22401

Close Date: 11:59 PM on 09/27/2015 

Organizational Unit:  Grounds (10000151) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE 40 hour/52 week; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Grounds/Stockworkers(25) 

Functional Area:  Trades 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.




Under general supervision, performs semiskilled general labor, maintenance, repair and upkeep work on the District grounds and landscaping, in accordance with all safety regulations and procedures. A job in this category may require walking, bending, reaching, kneeling, crouching, climbing ladders, and ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.


Performs grounds maintenance and upkeep for MPS facilities, including landscaping, athletics fields, and seasonal lawn care and snow removal.

Performs a variety of grounds and landscaping management activities, including fertilizing, weed control, mowing, planting, and watering procedures.

Cleans up trash and debris; prunes and trims trees and shrubs; inspects landscaped areas; loads and hauls materials.

Operates specialized grounds and landscaping maintenance equipment; assists in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems and sprinklers; sweeps and cleans grounds, landscaping and adjacent areas.

Maintains athletics fields, and prepares for play and special events; grooms field and marks boundaries and technical frames.

Picks up and delivers furniture, equipment and supplies in a timely and efficient manner.

Operates a variety of trucks and equipment in accordance with all safety regulations and procedures; identifies and reports mechanical problems requiring additional repair.

Knowledge of

Materials and equipment used in building and grounds maintenance.

Federal and state safety rules and regulations related to duties performed.

Occupational hazards and safety precautions.

Capabilities, operational characteristics, adjustment and preventive maintenance of the types of equipment to which assigned.

Use and maintenance of hand and power tools related to the work.

Skill in

Operating and maintaining tools and equipment in a safe and effective manner.

Following and maintaining safety standards; recognizing potentially hazardous situations on the job site and taking appropriate action.

Adjusting and performing preventive maintenance on the equipment to which assigned.

Reading and understanding a variety of plans and maps.

Maintaining accurate records of work performed; working without close supervision in standard work situations.

Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.


A valid Class B Minnesota State Commercial Driver's License (with no Airbrake Restriction) is required within six (6) months of date of hire. Continued employment is contingent upon maintenance of this license in a valid status.

Technical certifications for specialized equipment may be required.

Education, Training and Experience

High School Diploma or GED equivalent AND two years of grounds and facilities maintenance experience.



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On 09/27/2015 | Grounds (10000151) | Davis Center (0001) | Trades 

About Minneapolis Public Schools

Since 1994, the Minneapolis Public Schools has operated under site-based decision making to move decision making closest to the students served. The goal of site-based management is to improve student achievement. Under site-based decision making, district and school efforts, theoretically, should complement each other. District offices set parameters, facilitate the sharing of information and best practices among schools, help evaluate progress, and give constructive feedback to both the schools and the Board. Schools have freedom (within approved decision-making parameters) to design site plans. Although what site-based decision making looks like at each school may vary, schools typically have a team of representatives from all areas to serve as a "site council," "education council" or "shared leadership team." This will include principals, parents, students, teachers, specialist teachers, clerical, other building staff, business partners, and the community/neighborhood. The councils meet monthly to make decisions and discuss long-range program goals for the school. Parents who are not on the council may attend and if they would like to have a subject discussed, may submit agenda items and talk to a member. Under the site-based decision making philosophy, these councils are to examine everything that might be standing in the way of student achievement-be it grade levels, student groupings, materials, or school policies and practice-and recommend keeping what is working and changing what is not.

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