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Date:  Oct 4, 2022


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Requisition No: 666501 

Agency: Management Services

Working Title: GROUNDSKEEPER - 72000253

Position Number: 72000253 

Salary:  $31,200.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/17/2022 

Groundskeeper/ Capitol

Division of Real Estate Development and Management

State of Florida Department of Management Services

This position is located in Tallahassee, FL.


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 Ron DeSantis 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. DMS is relied upon to establish, maintain and improve the business processes used by state employees to create a better, not bigger government.  DMS 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 Pedro Allende, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: establishing a process-oriented mindset; challenging the status quo; creating efficiencies; and respecting state employees.


Position Overview and Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for knowing the names of the more common plants, being able to identify insect or disease conditions on plants, and having knowledge of proper plant maintenance technique, including mowing, pruning, and cleanup. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • 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:

  • Knowledge of common plants, ability to identify insect or disease conditions on plants, knowledge of proper plant maintenance technique, including mowing, pruning, and cleanup.
  • 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.
  • Ability to model behaviors of Accountability, Communication, Empowerment, Flexibility, Integrity, Respect and Teamwork.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of experience in lawn care.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to spend prolonged periods of time walking, standing, bending, lifting up to 50 pounds, climbing all types of ladders, working outdoors in all kinds of weather, using hand or power tools or equipment, be able to work near loud noises and electrical equipment, work in basements, tight spaces, on rooftop, able to reach overhead, bend at the waist, kneel and crouch, climb multiple flights of stairs, and drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.


Special Notes:
DMS is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce.  Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following provided email addresses:
An individual with a disability is qualified if he or she satisfies the skills, experience, and other job related requirements for a position and can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.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.
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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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