Maintenance Grounds

The University of Pikeville is seeking qualified candidate for a Maintenance Grounds Position. 

Two main functions:

  1. To provide landscaping services to university owned acreage. This position is responsible for the operation of lawn maintenance equipment, including a pickup for disposing waste, and lawnmowers, trimmers, and blowers, and understand how to water, fertilize, and prune decorative shrubs and plants. We pride ourselves in keeping our campus safe and looking beautiful, so our team works in various types of weather conditions and performs maintenance duties to ensure employee safety during inclement weather by removing debris, snow, and ice from communal walkways and spaces.
  2. To provide maintenance assistance by collecting recyclables and preparing bales for pickup, and assist in campus-wide repairs and maintenance. Repairs may involve carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, etc. This position is responsible for operation of cardboard compactor, driving a vehicle to transport recyclables from various locations on campus.


  1. Maintain the existing landscaping design and ensure plant survival.
  2. Pull weeds from flowerbeds and sidewalks.
  3. Prune trees, shrubs, and hedges.
  4. Plant new flowers, bushes, plants, and decorative shrubs.
  5. Rake fallen leaves and remove debris.
  6. Keep pedestrian areas removed of snow and ice.
  7. Properly store and handle all equipment, tools, sprinklers, fertilizer, etc.
  8. Oversee maintenance repairs to equipment, landscape structures, and hardscape walkways.
  9. Collect recyclables and prepare for pickup.
  10. Ensure collection areas are tidy, and ensure supplies needed are stocked.
  11. Additional assistance moving furniture or setting up for events may be required.
  12. Other duties assigned.


This position requires continuous communication with co-workers, the supervisor, students, employees, student workers, various campus departments, contractors, and the public in order to direct and assist in the care of the campus of the University of Pikeville. These relationships are maintained through phone, e-mail, and person-to-person contact.

 Education/Skill Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Previous experience in landscaping or ground keeping is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must know how to operate lawn maintenance equipment, such as lawnmowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and chainsaws.

THIS POSITION IS CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL. It is MANDATORY that this position reports to work during inclement weather (snow, sleet, severe storm etc.), at the regularly scheduled time, regardless of whether the University is closed, opening late, or closing early.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. 

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.


Date Posted: 05/22/2023
Department: Facilities
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff
We are no longer taking applications for this position.