Grounds Equipment Operator Specialist, Grounds Department

Apply for the position, Grounds Equipment Operator Specialist, Grounds Department, with Fort Hays State University today or contact Human Resource Office for more information. Posted Jun 24, 2024.

An Equipment Operator Specialist maintains, repairs, and utilizes heavy-duty vehicles and equipment to care for the University grounds. This role involves using equipment to perform various duties, including waste disposal, landscaping, greenhouse maintenance, and snow removal. The specialist operates sanitation trucks, recycling trucks, dump trucks, front-end loaders, backhoes, tractors, and other large motor vehicles.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • One year of relevant experience.
  • Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience operating heavy-duty equipment (sanitation trucks, mowers, skid steers, high lifts, back hoes, trenchers, etc.).
  • Experience in grounds keeping, horticulture, or greenhouse management.

Appointment Date:
Start date will be determined after acceptance of an offer.

Application Deadline:
Open until filled, review of applicants will start on June 21, 2024.

$15.03 per hour

Competitive benefit package:

  • Operate and maintain sanitation trucks and recycling trucks. Retrieve, empty, and return trash and recycling containers at campus facilities.
  • Operate a hydraulic dumping system.
  • Operate large mowers, tractors, skid-steer loaders, high lifts, trenchers, and backhoes to maintain campus grounds and complete landscaping projects.
  • Mow, trim, and edge lawns and grass areas.
  • Plant, water, weed, and prune trees, shrubs, flowers, and lawns.
  • Apply fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals according to safety guidelines.
  • Perform pre-operational checks and minor repairs to heavy-duty machinery.
  • Assist with tree removal.
  • Assist with snow removal for sidewalks, streets, and parking lots.
  • Assist with irrigation installation and maintenance.
  • Execute maintenance required to keep vehicles or equipment in working order.
  • Manage the safety, quality, and cleanliness of work areas to maintain a suitable work environment.
  • Take preventive measures to avoid injury to workers or other persons and damage to equipment and property.
  • Ensure that all operations use proper equipment to maintain health and safety standards.

Application Process:
To apply for this position, please visit Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents:
Applicants should submit a resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Brenden Ibarra
[email protected]

Community of Hays
FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination: Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you. 
Grounds Equipment Operator Specialist, Grounds Department
Full Time
Human Resource Office
Jun 24, 2024
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