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Grounds Operator

  • 07 Mar 2016
  • 18 Mar 2016
  • 11:59 PM
  • Western University

Grounds Operator

Considered Canada's most beautiful University, Western's main campus spans 400 acres of Gothic-style buildings mixed with modern LEED-certified capital structures providing an idyllic environment for our community of scholars.  The university is located in London, Canada, a safe, vibrant and welcoming community of more than 350,000 people serving as a regional medical and industrial hub for southwestern Ontario.

Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the planning, development, construction, operation, maintenance and stewardship of all the buildings, infrastructure, sites and services within Western's campus community.

The Operator will be responsible for the maintenance of the University's turf, outdoor facilities, paved and garden areas. The incumbent will also assist in horticultural operations.  The Operator must provide efficient and courteous service to customers and support to their coworkers. The incumbent will also participate in winter control hours, regular hours, and call-in hours.



  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of post-secondary courses at an accredited institution relating to grounds maintenance/construction (e.g. construction blueprints & methods, basic mathematics, horticultural materials, landscape methods, operation of heavy machinery, tools and equipment)
  • Maintain a valid Ontario D Driver's License with Z endorsement
  • Maintain a current First Aid Certificate including CPR



  • 5 years' construction and/or maintenance experience working as an Operator in a large commercial, industrial or institutional setting.
  • 5 years' continuous experience driving DZ equipment


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to landscape/waste management operations
  • In-depth understanding of tools, equipment, principles, materials, and terminology associated with landscape/waste management operations
  • Comprehensive understanding of hydraulic accessories
  • Knowledgeable in the operation of both automatic and manual transmission vehicles/tractors
  • Basic understanding of other trades
  • Comprehensive electronic, oral and written communication skills
  • Dependable and co-operative with the ability to listen fully and respond courteously to instructions, questions and comments
  • Ability to establish a rapport with customers, supervisors, and peers
  • Ability to investigate, identify, analyse, and document information in written or electronic form and resolve problems
  • Ability to lift and transport materials, bend, excavate, climb and reach repetitively
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or in areas containing designated substances found within OH&S Act as required
  • Ability to organize and order work materials and tools and support staff in the shop and on the job site
  • Ability to interpret and work from electronic/written operation instruction sheets as well as mechanical electrical and geographical drawings/maps and produce quick-sketch working diagrams
  • Ability to perform tasks in emergency situations
  • Ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision


Prior to an offer of employment a current Police Information Check (PIC) will be required and proof of a clear driver's abstract.


Interested applicants are asked to visit: www.workingatwestern.uwo.ca to apply online to job reference 5504, by midnight on March 18th, 2016.


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at hrhelp@uwo.ca or phone 519-661-2194.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.

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