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Hardscape and Equipment Specialist #SP001512P
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University of Idaho | Moscow, ID
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Job Description

Hardscape and Equipment Specialist

Facilities Management

Position Summary

Working within a team environment and under the general oversight of the Hardscape and Mechanical Shops Supervisor the incumbent of this position performs and instructs others in specialized duties supportive of departmental goals. These duties specifically involve the outside environments of campus and a small percentage of building work on occasion. The duties will include: minor foundation inspection/maintenance work concerning grade issues and water intrusion problems, the maintenance, repair, replacement, and cleaning of hardscapes such as campus streets, parking lots, and walkways; and support to the Utilities team for the installation and repair of storm drain systems, valve boxes, utility boxes, and other concrete utility structures on campus. The work requires the operation of a variety of construction equipment. Duties also involve directing others in the work associated with the trade specialties represented by the description of responsibilities provided within.

This is an essential position that will be called upon in the event of an emergency and/or University closure.


Job Duty Function

Supporting the UI hardscape maintenance & repair program by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Performing duties requiring specialized skills or the leadership of others which may include: minor maintenance, repair, renovation or replacement of existing masonary and brick structures in the campus landscape…excluding buildings.; maintenance, repair, and patchwork of asphalt systems across campus; and maintenance, repair, and replacement of exterior campus concrete walkways, floors, walls, pads, footings, and steps, excluding buildings.

Laying out construction areas according to plans, specifications or existing hardscape parameters.

Building and setting forms for concrete; mixing and pouring concrete and redi-mix by hand and with mixers.

Setting rebar and wire mesh; troweling and finishing concrete and tearing down forms.

Laying and maintaining masonry, brick, pavers and ceramic tile products not associated with campus buildings

Installing and maintaining street & campus site furniture within their purview.

Building and installing footings & fences.

Operating specialized hand and power equipment needed to accomplish these type of tasks.

Maintaining needed records and information concerning all hardscape installations, maintenance, and repairs using the FAMIS work order system.

Attending meetings, training sessions and conferences to maintain current knowledge of hardscape technology and materials.


Job Duty Function

Supporting departmental operations and maintenance programs by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Assisting with the routine upkeep and repair of campus exteriors through the performance of duties requiring specialized skills or the leadership of others.

Supporting other shop’s projects by performing specialized duties or instructing others in specialized trade skills.

Performing duties related to or instructing others in the operation, maintenance and repair of equipment used on a daily basis such as hand tools, power tools, street sweepers, trucks, trenchers, loaders, tractors and attachments, sand blasters, forklifts, concrete saws and drills, graders, backhoes, and other hardscape equipment as needed.

Keeping records and manuals on said equipment; and by observing proper safety precautions and procedures in all job functions.


Job Duty Function

Supporting the snow and ice removal program by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Performing all duties requiring specialized skills or the leadership of others in the operation of various pieces of snow plowing & ice control equipment.

Being available for emergency call out for snow and ice clearance duties 24-hours a day during the winter season.

Being available to work weekends for snow and ice removal during scheduled events.

Being available for call-in duties by having a working phone service, cell phone or pager system.

Being on an “on call” list for weekend rotation duties; and by having a dependable means of transportation to get to the work site.


Job Duty Function

Providing maintenance and repair on campus hardscapes by performing specialized trade skills while:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Installing and repairing signage.

Performing flagger traffic control duties as needed for Hardscape team projects.

Grading & maintaining farm roads.

Cleaning streets, parking lots and major campus walkways.


Job Duty Function

Contributing to team effort and meet University of Idaho safety initiative by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities

Supporting Facilities and LES programs.

Supporting the UI Safety Initiative; accepting and performing related tasks and duties, including a myriad of landscape, construction and emergency duties as needed. Ensuring compliance with all safety policies, procedures, and work practices established by the University; avoiding any activity that creates or constitutes a serious hazard to yourself or others while working for the university; immediately bringing any concern to your supervisor, or others designated by departmental/divisional procedures, if any employee believes that performing an assigned work task or activity may pose a serious risk to life or health; ensuring that employees reporting to them are adequately trained, equipped, monitored, evaluated, and guided as appropriate to comply with established safety policies, standards, and procedures;

Approving, and/or implementing safety procedures and programs as needed, and annual performance evaluations will reflect performance in promoting safe work practices.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Combination of education and work experience totaling five (5) years directly related to the Hardscape Core and at least one other core area within the skilled trade areas listed below:

1) Asphalt Work

2) Concrete Work

3) Storm Sewer and Utility Tunnel Work

4) Heavy Equipment Operation and Repair

5) Hand and Power Equipment Use

6) Project and Plan review

7) Snow and Ice Mitigation Experience

General Qualifications:

Must possess: a valid motor vehicle operator’s license and be able to meet policy requirements for driving University vehicles.

This position requires the employee to possess or obtain (within 6 months) a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brake endorsement and therefore, under the Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements, is subject to the following drug and alcohol testing: pre-employment (post offer-pre-duty), post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty and follow-up.

Experience operating computer hardware and software.

Experience in reviewing and understanding blueprints; bids; and construction documents, and communicate effectively about them with architects, contractors, and other involved professionals.

Must have obtained training in the following areas or have the ability to complete such training within two (2) years of hire:

Accident Prevention; Antenna Site Safety; Asbestos Awareness; Back Injury Prevention; Confined Space – 3 Modules; Eye Protection and Safety; Fall Protection; Forklift Safety Training and Certification; Hazardous Waste Management; Hearing Conservation Programs; Hi-Lift Boom Truck Operations; Large Air Compressor Operations; Lead Awareness; Lockout/Tagout for Authorized Employees Radiation Safety; Safety Orientation; Skid Steer

Snow Plow Safety and Operations; Standard Defensive Driving; Sweeper Operations; Trenching and Shoring Safety; Unit Safety Committee Orientation;

Winter Maintenance – Anti Icing Workplace First Aid with CPR-AED

Must be able to safely and competently climb and work from ladders of various heights on a routine basis.

Must be able to safely and competently work at various heights, including working from scaffolding and aerial lifts.

Must be able and willing to work weekends/nights for on-call and emergency service requests.

Preferred Qualifications

Two (2) to four (4) years of Post-Secondary education or training in the fields of construction; construction management; or mechanical repair.

Certification in Operation of: Loader, Backhoe, Grader, Roller, Excavator, Aerial Lifts, Scissor Lifts, Street Sweeper, Forklift, Uni-loaders, & Equipment Lifts.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Occasional confined space situations.

90% outside work, year round, in inclement weather.

10% office and shop tasks and duties.

Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions while working at heights or underground work.

Must be able to work in confined spaces, such as a trench box or utility tunnel.

Ability to lift and/or otherwise carry up to 90 pounds in a routine, repetitive manner as needed.

Ability to bend, stoop, crawl, twist, dig, climb, and walk on a routine basis throughout the work day.

Ability to work routinely on uneven or slick surfaces.

During seasonal snow removal, extended work shifts and additional night shifts are required.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.

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