Grounds Maintenance Specialist

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Do you enjoy working outdoors?  Are you skilled in grounds or landscaping maintenance?  Do you have a passion for well-kept grounds and gardens?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a dependable grounds keeper to help us maintain a level of aesthetic excellence at APL. You will be joining a hard-working team of grounds maintenance specialists that provide a full range of services including lawn mowing, trimming, edging, and weeding; clearing debris from grounds, storage and parking areas; and performing snow removal, ditching, and earth movement tasks.

 

As a Grounds Maintenance Specialist ...

  • Your primary responsibility will be assist with the beautification of property for the premier research and development center of Howard County;
  • You will trim, edge and mow lawn areas using commercial walk-behind and riding mowers and other gasoline-powered equipment; 
  • You will mulch and weed planting bed areas, prune/trim trees, plants and shrubs, reporting evidence of disease or pests; 
  • You will rake leaves, collect trash, and other grounds maintenance clean-up duties as needed; 
  • You will maintain assigned tools and equipment in clean and good working order;
  • You will assist the Snow Crew during inclement weather.
  • You will use personal protective equipment, work outside during inclement weather conditions and climb ladders, work at heights, lift and carry 50 lbs., and drive APL vehicles.

 

 

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent math and language skills to that of a high school graduate.
  • Have knowledge and skill to operate hand and power tools to maintain turf, paved, and landscaped areas of commercial or residential properties. 
  • Are capable of operating commercial mowing equipment including walk-behind (48", 52", 60") and other grounds equipment to include gas-powered weed eaters, edgers, back-pack blowers, hand tools, tractors, and snow removal equipment.
  • Possess effective communication skills with the ability to apply knowledge of rules, regulations and guidelines of applicable codes.
  • Possess a valid state of residence driver's license and maintain a valid US Department of Transportation medical certificate.  If selected you will be subject to a motor vehicle record evaluation.
  • Are willing and able to work 6:00am to 2:30pm shift Monday through Friday and work overtime when business need requires.  Shift assignment may on occasion change to meet business need.
  • Have the ability to climb ladders, work at heights, lift and carry 50 lbs.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...

  • Have experience with erosion control, grading and seeding. 
  • Have experience tree pruning with an understanding of disease and pest evidence.
  • Have snow removal experience.
  • Have basic computer skills.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

 

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