Groundskeeper - Central, SC


Located at Southern Wesleyan University's main campus in Central, the Groundskeeper helps to provide a safe, clean and comfortable, living and learning environment for the students, faculty and staff of the university. This will be performed in conformance with a variety of standards to complete tasks related to maintaining the overall appearance of the university grounds, athletic fields, and surrounding property, including, but not limited to: rental properties; the president’s home; and even undeveloped property. The Groundskeeper reports directly to the Grounds Superintendent.


  1. Complete work orders in a timely manner, as directed, by the supervisor.
  2. Supervise assigned work study students and ensure that all safety policies are being followed.
  3. Maintain and repair all equipment used during daily activities including, but not limited to: using the proper fuel and mixture; checking oil and tire pressure; and cleaning equipment at the end of each day.
  4. Maintain Backflow Prevention Certification issued by the state and inspect backflow devices annually, as directed.
  5. Complete continuing education in related fields.
  6. Perform preventive maintenance on all vehicles and equipment, as instructed, including but not limited to: oil and filter changes; radiators; tires; missing parts; grease; and lubricate and perform repairs found during inspection.
  7. Assist in maintaining detention and retention ponds as regulated by DHEC including unclogging storm drains after heavy rains.
  8. Assist in maintaining athletic fields and cross country track which includes, but is not limited to: cutting grass and trimming; weed and ant control; removal of trash; lining of fields; fertilizing; top dressing; over-seeding; painting; and replacing or installing new equipment.
  9. Assist in lawn care which includes, but is not limited to: mowing grass; bush hogging fields; weed eating; edging sidewalks; weed and ant control; fertilizing; over-seeding; and blowing off sidewalks regularly after every cutting and every storm.
  10. Assist in the operation and maintenance of the irrigation systems which includes, but is not limited to: installation; repairing of leaks and heads; and maintaining timers.
  11. Assist in landscaping by maintaining present beds, installing new beds which includes, but is not limited to: preparation of beds from tilling; removal of old plants; edging the bed; planting, pruning of trees and perennials; planting and replanting annuals both spring and fall; mulching; weed control; debris removal; watering flowers where there is no irrigation; and to fertilizing and ant control.
  12. Assist in other areas of the Physical Plant as necessary which may include, but is not limited to: office moving; setting up for graduation or other groups including Fine Arts events; Christmas lighting placement and removal; pressure washing of buildings; and assisting with deliveries or other repairs and needs requiring the use of ground equipment (for example, grading or septic system repairs).
  13. Assist in fall and winter maintenance which includes, but is not limited to: blowing and vacuuming leaves; picking up limbs and debris after storms; blowing leaves out of gutters; applying ice melt; and removing snow and ice off sidewalks and steps.
  14. Assist in providing a clean work environment which includes, but is not limited to: sweeping and cleaning shop area; hauling off excess trash and debris (scrap metal, old batteries, used oil or other hazardous waste); and disposing properly and documenting according to EPA guidelines. 
  15. Assist with special projects and any other activity that may be required to complete the mission and objectives of the university’s Administration and Physical Plant.


  1. A high school diploma or GED is required.  Candidates should have one year of work experience related to this position.
  2. Position must have Backflow Prevention Certification issued by the state or willing to pursue certification at the first available class to maintain employment during the 90-day introductory period.
  3. Must be able to operate all landscape and farm equipment, including mowers, tractors, utility carts and other small equipment.
  4. General knowledge of turf, landscape care and herbicides is necessary.    
  5. SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar and comfortable with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel). ). Computer technology is utilized for receiving and logging in work orders on a daily basis and the completion of written reports that may be required.


  1. Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
  2. Physical/Environmental Requirements. This position requires strenuous activities from time to time and is classified as heavy work which involves lifting up to 100 pounds. The working environment requires outside work in a variety of weather conditions throughout the year, but also includes inside work from time to time.
  3. Safety Requirements. As an employee of the Physical Plant, it is imperative that all safety procedures are carried out as outlined in its policies (for example, lockout/tag-out, hazard communication, personal protection equipment, spill prevention, and much more). These are available in the Director's office for review. All new employees will go through a safety orientation.
  4. Hours of Operation. The Physical Plant operates on a 40-hour per week work schedule, but may require work outside of the regular schedule in an emergency and/or during special events.
  5. Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion of a criminal background screening.


This is a regular, full-time, hourly/non-exempt, 12-month position.


The application review process will begin immediately. Interested applicants must send a completed staff application with a cover letter and résumé by e-mail to , by fax to 864-644-5980, or by mail to:

Keri Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator
Southern Wesleyan University
907 Wesleyan Drive
P.O. Box 1020
Central, SC 29630
Applicants will only be contacted if their qualifications and experience match the requirements for this position.

Posted April 26, 2016