City of Roanoke Tradesworker - Grounds in Roanoke, Virginia



Tradesworker - Grounds

School Plants


General Responsibilities An employee in this class performs semi-skilled and unskilled work in grounds maintenance. Work is performed under regular supervision of a grounds supervisor.

Essential Functions The following duties are intended to provide a basic idea of tasks that will be performed in this job. Any omission of a specific task does not exclude the task from being required to be performed. Other duties may be required and/or assigned, and management reserves the right to revise the job description.

  • Falling and removing trees and limbs.
  • Removing debris from around buildings and their grounds.
  • Preparing game and practice fields for the school’s athletic teams.
  • Interacting with principals, teachers, and building managers to assess need and work to be done.
  • Estimating scope of work during quote seeking.
  • Inspecting work done by contractors.
  • Follows daily work orders as needed for each school.
  • Inspects grounds and facilities to identify needed maintenance and repairs.
  • Participates in snow removal as necessary at various school sites.
  • Drags the baseball or softball infield using a field drag machine and builds, repairs and patches holes in pitching mounds, home plate and turf playing field.
  • Edges the areas surrounding the ball fields, warming tracks, and infield, and removes cuttings.
  • Top dresses, aerates, verticuts and seeds ball field and landscape areas.
  • Places and removes field tarps, pitcher’s mound tarps and home plate tarps.
  • Fertilizes and irrigates ball fields.
  • Operates different types of rotary and reel mowers to mow infields, outfields and soccer fields.
  • Builds pitching mounds and constructs home plate areas.
  • May spray herbicides and pesticides on the fields utilizing spray tank truck and hand spray units.
  • Lays out and paints logos and lines on playing fields using a paint striping machine.
  • Lays out base lines, foul lines, base blocks, and pitching mound slopes using tape measures, line level and string
  • Lays down base lines with chalk or marble dust on ball fields.
  • Installs goals and goal posts for soccer and football fields.
  • Removes and stores all equipment used during games.
  • Inspects landscaped areas, equipment, grounds and facilities to identify needed maintenance and repairs, to include minor irrigation repairs.
  • Performs related work as required.

Roanoke City Public Schools is an urban school division serving a k-12 student population of 13,800 in 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 senior high schools, Forest Park Academy, Noel C Taylor Learning Academy, and Roanoke Valley Governor's School. A staff of 2,100 is employed in the division.

RCPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:Steve Barnett- Title IX Coordinator (540) 853-2382.


Knowledge and Skill

  • Knowledge and experience with hand tools and power tools.
  • Knowledge of turf maintenance and the operation of turf maintenance equipment.
  • Knowledge of the preparation of recreation and professional fields.
  • Knowledge of the types and application of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
  • Knowledge of occupational safety and health hazards and ability to follow prescribed safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of the proper mixing and preparation of chemicals according to labels and state and federal laws.
  • Knowledge of turf maintenance and the operation of turf maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds or more.
  • Ability to lift spray tanks, tarps, paint cans, and turf maintenance equipment
  • Ability to read coherently and write legibly.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations required to set up the fields according to game regulations.
  • Ability to perform manual labor for extended periods under varying climatic conditions.
  • Skills in effectively communication one’s self to school officials through writing or speech.
  • Skills in establishing effective working relationships with other employees and the public.


Standard Employee Benefit

$24,416.00 - $40,120.00

Posting ID: POS20170717000001

Name: Tradesworker - Grounds

Location: School Plants

Posting Start Date: 7/17/2017

Salary: Salary $24,416.00 - $40,120.00

Salary Range: $24,416.00 - $40,120.00

Benefit: Standard Employee Benefit