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Grounds Attendant (Seasonal Opportunity)

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester invites applications for:

Grounds Attendant
Public Works
These are seasonal positions for the Summer of 2022

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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.

The Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) located at 301 37th Street NW, is a division of the Public Works Department. The Plant treats waste water for the City of Rochester's 112,000+ residents, local industry and frequent visitors. It is nationally recognized for its energy management initiatives.

Nature of Work
This is a temporary position that assists with the day-to-day care and maintenance of various properties.  Duties include mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, shoveling, and raking.

Pay Rate:
$15.00 to $17.50 per hour, depending on education and experience.
Work Schedule
Normally 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  Positions are available from May through September.

*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. However, some positions may be scheduled to work up to 1000 hours per season.
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.



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.
  • Empty trash containers and remove animal waste.
  • 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.



Qualified candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Licenses and/or Certifications
Valid driver's license

Desirable Qualifications
High School diploma or equivalent (GED) 
Experience performing grounds or landscape maintenance
Experience operating and/or maintaining equipment similar to that used in grounds or landscape maintenance


Knowledge of: the principles and practices of general grounds and landscape maintenance as well as a basic identification and comprehension of common grasses, trees and shrubs; operating characteristics, maintenance requirements and safety procedures and precautions associated with operating and maintaining assigned equipment; the recreational activities being played at various City facilities and the appropriate sports etiquette.

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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