GROUNDSKEEPER - 72000833 1

Date:  Sep 14, 2023


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Requisition No: 812361 

Agency: Management Services

Working Title: GROUNDSKEEPER - 72000833 1

Position Number: 72000833 

Salary:  $32,760.00 

Posting Closing Date: 10/05/2023 


Division of Real Estate Development and Management

State of Florida Department of Management Services

This position is located in Tallahassee, FL


Position Overview and Responsibilities:

The Groundskeeper role works alongside the Groundskeeping Supervisor or Groundskeeping Superintendent. 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. The selected candidate must be able to work independently, and be able to follow directions, and have the skill to serve as a crew leader from time to time. Excellent people skills are required because our team is in continuous contact with both building 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 DMS to both the public and tenants.The selected candidate filling this position is responsible for independently:

  • Mow and edge lawns, trim hedges and shrubs, water landscapes, set annuals, fertilize lawns and landscape plants, and spray insecticides and fungicides.
  • Rake and dispose of leaves and trash. Operate and maintain groundskeeping equipment, including tractors and backhoe. Perform trash control duties, light custodial duties and other duties as required.
  • Act as a crew leader when instructed by supervisor. Direct, oversee, and inspect work performed by crew members to include spray operations, landscape installations, maintenance, or other jobs as necessary.
  • Assist the supervisor, as needed, with recordkeeping, 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


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
State of Florida employees enjoy top-tier benefits offerings including comprehensive health coverage to meet the needs of you and your family while maintaining low deductibles and low monthly out-of-pocket contributions. State employees also enjoy the option of selecting between the FRS Pension Plan and the FRS Investment Plan for retirement.  As an additional benefit, state employment affords you the opportunity to take part in the tuition waiver program within the state university and community college systems. 
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Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:.

  • Knowledge of groundskeeping and landscaping horticultural techniques.
  • Ability to operate lawn equipment including but not limited to all lawn mowing equipment, weed eaters, blowers, tractors and line marking equipment (non-routine, as needed)
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Integrity, Communication, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Empowerment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • One year of lawncare experience.
  • The ability to climb multiple flights of stairs, climb a ladder, reach overhead, work from heights, bend at the waist, kneel and crouch, prolonged periods of time walking, standing and exerting up to 30 pounds of force frequently. Ability to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Ability to operate lawn equipment including but not limited to all lawn mowing equipment, weed eaters, blowers, tractors and line marking equipment.

Our Organization and Mission:
DMS is a customer-oriented agency responsible for managing the various business and workforce-related functions of 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, technology, telecommunications, private prisons, fleet, and federal property assistance programs utilized throughout Florida’s state government.  It is against this backdrop that DMS strives to demonstrate its mission, “We serve those who serve Florida.” Under the leadership of DMS Secretary Pedro Allende, DMS’ employees embody four pillars on a daily basis: lead by example, serve with excellence, create efficiencies, and challenge the status quo.


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