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Grounds Attendant Seasonal Opportunities*

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester invites applications for:

Grounds Attendant
Seasonal Opportunities*

The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.

 We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.
 It takes us all working together

RPU, a division of the City of Rochester, MN, is the largest municipal utility in the State of Minnesota. RPU consists of 200 employees and serves over 57,000 electric customers and over 41,000 water customers in a 60 square mile service area, with revenues nearing $161 million annually.

Vision- "We Will Set the Standard for Service"

Our vision is based on six core values which are Safety, Integrity, Service, Stewardship, Accountability, and Skill.
The Facility Services Department of Rochester Public Utilities is seeking five individuals for temporary employment during the 2022 construction season.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Nature of Work
This is a temporary/seasonal/limited appointment position that assists with the day-to-day care and maintenance of various RPU properties, facilities and fleet including grounds, trees, urban & naturalized landscapes. Primary duties will be mowing, trimming, weeding and raking but additional responsibilities may also include indoor facilities and fleet maintenance shop activities. This position must be able to interact with the public in a professional, courteous, and helpful manner.

Work Schedule:
Positions are available from May through September. Work schedule is Monday thru Friday, 7:30AM to 4:00PM.

Pay Scale:
$15.00 - $17.50 per hour, depending on qualifications/experience.
*Pursuant to MN Statute, seasonal assignments are limited to 67 working days per calendar year or 100 working days per calendar year if the employees are under the age of 22, are full-time students enrolled in a nonprofit or public educational institution prior to being hired by the employer, and have indicated, either in an application for employment or by being enrolled at an educational institution for the next academic year or term, an intention to continue as students during or after their temporary employment. 



The work below is representative of the scope of work performed within this job classification. Individual job duties will vary based on work assignment.

  • Perform grounds maintenance duties including clearing debris, mowing, trimming, weeding, raking and watering.
  • Perform landscape creation duties including grading, site preparation, seeding, sodding, and planting.
  • Perform minor vehicle or equipment maintenance, routine repairs, parts pick-up and vehicle detailing & delivery.
  • Maintain and clean all equipment used on a daily basis.
  • Assist with cleaning, repairing and/or maintaining departmental facilities.
  • Assist with the set-up/clean-up of seasonal activities and events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.



High School diploma or the equivalent (GED)

Must be 18 years of age or older to work at RPU

Valid driver's license


Knowledge of: the principles and practices of general grounds and landscape maintenance as well as a basic identification and comprehension of common forbs, grasses, trees and shrubs; operating characteristics, maintenance requirements and safety procedures and precautions associated with operating and maintaining assigned equipment.

Skill in: operating and maintaining landscape maintenance equipment.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; make minor operating adjustments and to recognize operating deficiencies in assigned equipment; perform manual tasks under varied weather conditions; establish and maintain effective working relationships; positively interact with public and coworkers; and provide positive customer service.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:

Continuous demands: standing, walking, reaching, handling, bending

Frequent demands: carrying, pushing/pulling, kneeling, crouching

Occasional demands: sitting, lifting, fine dexterity, crawling, twisting, climbing, balancing, foot controls

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing, touch

Environmental conditions that may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include:

Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)
Noise (need to shout in order to be heard)
Vibration (exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body)
Exposure to dust/gas/fumes/steam/chemicals
Work outdoors (no effective protection from weather)
Walk on uneven ground (gravel, rocks, mounds, construction sites)
Working around moving machinery (fork-lifts, tractors, mowers)
Protective equipment required (respirator, mask, earplugs, gloves, eyewear, etc.)
Potential exposure to infectious diseases

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