Maintenance Service Worker 3 - Grounds/Landscaping

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Classification:Maintenance Service Worker III
Grade:Facilities Maintenance M3
Work type:Crafts and Trades
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA VCAS Facilities & Campus Svcs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Facilities/Skilled Trades, Other

Position Summary:

Provides for campus beautification and safety by; caring for turf areas, landscaped beds and parking lots, production and care of annual and perennial flowers, snow removal and a full range of other landscaping maintenance tasks. Installs and maintains landscapes, identifies and eradicates pests as necessary. Operates tools and equipment including trucks, tractors, loaders and other tools. Assists in the training and supervision of temporary workers. Year-round exposure to varying weather conditions is to be expected. Heavy lifting occasionally required. Hours and/or days of scheduled work may change depending on needs of department.


100%Landscape and Interiorscape Maintenance and Installation: grows, installs and maintains trees, shrubs, turf grass, annual and perennial flowers, interior plants and irrigation systems by proper application of horticulture and agriculture techniques. Representative duties include mowing, edging, watering, mulching, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, brush clearing, interior plant care, greenhouse operation, floral production-planning and growing, planting, landscape bed cultivation and cleanup, trash removal and other services common to the industry. Hardscape and signage maintenance: basic parking lot and roadway maintenance to include pothole repair, street sweeping and signage installation, change-out and repair. Spring clean-up operations: sweeping and power washing of debris from roads, lots and sidewalks may warrant frequent irregular hours. Snow removal/ice control: performed by proper application of snow removal and ice control techniques including, but not limited to, operation of heavy and medium duty equipment such as loaders, Bobcats, and sanders; operation of light duty equipment such as plow trucks, Toolcat sanders, and tractors; manual labor including shoveling, sweeping, ice chipping and application of ice-melting compounds. Frequent irregular hours are required for snow removal and ice control. Miscellaneous: performance of housekeeping work including, but not limited to, emptying trash cans; moving outdoor furniture; setting flags; delivering and maintaining propane grills; cleaning equipment and shop areas; monitoring inventory and placing orders for parts and supplies as needed; and making purchases in accordance with established practices. Must be dependable, cooperative and able to work independently as well as interact positively with a diverse crew and campus community, providing assistance even when under pressure. This position instructs and trains seasonal laborers, students and volunteers in the performance of basic landscape maintenance tasks.Essential


• Ability to follow directions, be cooperative and respectful.
• Ability to self-motivate and take the initiative to complete tasks.
• Excellent time management skills; reporting to work promptly.
• Ability to work independently and also as a contributing team member.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Must have basic computer knowledge and skills.
• Ability to read, comprehend and apply information, such as: safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals.
• Customer service skills.
• Ability to be respectful and positive to effectively work with a diverse team, the University community and the public is mandatory in order to be successful in this position.
• Ability to led and provide clear instruction to seasonal laborers, students and volunteers in the performance of basic landscape maintenance tasks.
• Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
• Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
A preferred candidate will have basic knowledge of horticultural principles and demonstrated knowledge and experience in a commercial setting with all types of landscape and hardscape maintenance including, but not limited to:
o Turf-grass and irrigation system maintenance;
o Greenhouse operation and ornamental flower production;
o Tree, shrub and flower bed maintenance;
o Basic pest identification and eradication in accordance with integrated pest management standards;
o Interior plant care;
o Heavy, medium and light duty equipment usage;
o Hand and power tool usage;
o Snow removal/ice-control.


Two (2) year certificate from college or technical school; or substantial related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the skills and abilities necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the job.


Unless applicant is a current registered pesticide applicator, incumbent must have the ability to obtain an Alaska DEC commercial pesticide applicator’s license (Category 4). This must be obtained within 12-months of hire.

Driving Requirements:
a. Applicant must possess a current, valid Alaska Driver’s License or have the ability to obtain an Alaska Driver’s License per State regulations.

b. Must have an excellent driving record which meets the University Category 1 Driver criteria:

c. The ability to pass the University Safe Driver Training criteria modules.
d. If selected for interview, applicant must provide a copy of their current DMV driving record (no older than 30-days) to the interviewing supervisor.

Physical requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Lifting up to 75 lbs.
  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Crouching/Stooping
  • Feeling/Handling 
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Motion
  • Repetitive motion
  • Walking/Running
  • Carrying
  • Crawling
  • Driving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Squatting
  • Twisting/Bending
  • Writing


Environmental and hazardous conditions: 

  • Animals/Wildlife
  • Close/Cramped Quarters
  • Moving Machinery/Heavy Equipment
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Weather Extremes
  • Chemicals
  • Darkness/Poor Lighting
  • Dust/Fumes
  • Mechanical Hazards
  • Pathogens
  • Traffic

Position Information:

This position is full-time, eight (8) hours per day, Monday through Friday, forty (40) hours worked per week. The University will establish, and may change work schedules for business purposes.

This position may also be subject to:

  • Extra hours of work;
  • “Call-in” to work additional hours.

Pay for additional hours worked will properly be compensated in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Collective Bargaining Unit.

*To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date of March 15, 2021. Applications received after this date may not be considered.


The starting pay for a Maintenance Service Worker 3 (MSW 3) is a straight time hourly wage of $17.82.  This is a full-benefited position.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by the Alaska Higher Education Crafts & Trades Employees (L6070).

L6070- Probationary Period:

Pursuant to Article 1.5 of the Local 6070 Collective Bargaining Agreement, upon initial hire Local 6070 Bargaining Unit Members are probationary for the first six (6) months of work.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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