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State of Minnesota Temporary Groundskeeper in St. Paul, Minnesota

Working Title: Ornamental Specialist-Temporary

Job Class: Groundskeeper

Agency: Administration Dept

  • Job ID : 76721

  • Location : St. Paul

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Full/Part Time : Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary : Temporary

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 5/15/2024

  • Closing Date : 6/06/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Administration Dept / Administration-AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : Grounds Trees & Ornamentals Unit

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift 7:00 A – 3:30 P

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $18.50 - $25.32 / hourly; $38,628 - $52,868 / annually

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 203 - Service/AFSCME

  • Work Area : Capitol Complex

  • End Date : October 31, 2024

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

This is a temporary full-time seasonal position estimated to last May-October 31, 2024.

The Ornamental Specialist position is part of the Trees & Ornamental work unit of the Minnesota State Capitol Complex Groundcrew. This position largely exists to maintain ornamental garden beds on the state capitol grounds, memorials, and surrounding agency buildings. The work includes planting, transplanting, weed pulling, mulching, deadheading, watering, trimming perennials, etc. Other duties assigned include general grounds maintenance such as picking litter and emptying trash receptacles, filling potholes, and making minor repairs to parking signage. Position also backs up Turf & Irrigation unit, involving mowing, trimming, sodding, edging, seeding, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of techniques and practices in plant care such as gardening, groundskeeping, nursery work, natural resource management, etc.

  • Ability to complete snow removal operations with hand shovel, snow blower, etc.

  • Ability to work independently and as a team.

  • Ability to learn on the job, and adapt to changes to schedule, work environment.

  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions year-round.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in tree and shrub care, planting, trimming, pruning, and felling

  • Experience in turf care mowing and trimming

  • Experience working in a public setting such as parks and recreation facilities

  • Customer service skills

  • MN Non-commercial Pesticide Applicator license

  • Commercial Class ‘B’ driver’s license

Physical Requirements

Successful candidate must pass pre-employment physical. Physical Demands: Work Performance Testing (WPT). Job involves exerting up to 36-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 22-30 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 11-15 pounds of force constantly to move or lift objects

Additional Requirements



Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.