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GROUNDSKEEPER - 72000235

Date: Nov 30, 2017

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 21201 

Agency: Management Services

Working Title: GROUNDSKEEPER - 72000235

Position Number: 72000235 

Salary:  Up to $18,000 

Posting Closing Date: 12/29/2017 

Groundskeeper

Division of Real Estate Development & Management

State of Florida Department of Management Services

This position is located in Tallahassee

Multiple position will be filled from this advertisement.

This is a re-advertisement.  Previous applicants are still being considered and need not re-apply.

The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is a customer-oriented agency responsible for managing various business-related functions throughout state government. Under the direction of Governor Rick Scott and DMS’ Executive Leadership Team, the agency oversees the real estate, procurement, human resources, group insurance, retirement, telecommunications, private prisons, and fleet and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government. The Department of Management Services is relied upon to establish, maintain and improve the business processes used by state employees to create a better, not bigger government.  The Department of Management Services facilitates the delivery of these programs and services and provides tools and training to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s workforce. It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its motto, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Erin Rock, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: establishing a process-oriented mindset; challenging the status quo; creating efficiencies; and respecting state employees.

This position is responsible to a Groundskeeping Supervisor I, II, or III or a Landscape and Groundskeeping Superintendent. This position requires at least one year experience as a groundskeeper. Employee is required to know names of the more common plants, be able to identify insect or disease conditions on plants, have knowledge of proper plant maintenance technique, including mowing, pruning, and cleanup. This position must be able to work independently, be able to follow directions and instructions, and have the skill to serve as a crew leader from time to time.

Incumbent filling this position is responsible for independently:

Mowing and edging lawns, trimming hedges and shrubs, watering landscapes, setting annuals, fertilization of lawns and landscape plants, spraying insecticides and fungicides. Raking and disposal of leaves and trash. Operation and maintenance to groundskeeping equipment, including tractors and backhoe. Weeding of landscape. Performs trash control duties, light custodial duties and other duties as required. Excellent public relation skills are required since this position is in continuous contact with both tenants and the public. It is required that courteous and respectful behavior is displayed at all times, plus conveying a professional image is needed as this position is a representative of the department to both the public and tenants.

Acts as a crew leader when instructed by supervisor. Directs, monitors, and inspects work performed by crew members to include spray operations, landscape installations, maintenance, or other jobs as necessary.

Assists supervisor, when instructed, in keeping records collecting data and handling administrative paperwork relating to Grounds Section operations. When necessary, may be assigned special projects by supervisor which may be performed independently or in conjunction with other employees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to identify common plants, be able to identify insect or disease conditions on plants.
  • Knowledge of proper plant maintenance technique, including mowing, pruning, and cleanup.
  • This position must be able to work independently, be able to follow directions and instructions, and have the skill to serve as a crew leader from time to time.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Physical Characteristics: This position requires prolonged periods of time walking, standing, bending, lifting and the use of all types of ladders and occasional use of personnel lift.
  • Minimum one year of lawn care experience.
  • Valid and applicable driver’s license.

The Department of Management Services is committed to increasing recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities and improving employment outcomes.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DMS Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 488-2707. DMS requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

DMS appreciates the service and sacrifices made by veterans and their family members.  Further, DMS recognizes the immeasurable value veterans bring to the workplace and is committed to increasing the number of veterans that serve in its workforce.

Successful completion of background screening will be required for this position.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee