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Job Title: Groundkeeper/Laborer

Department: Tohono O'odham Nation Health Care (TONHC)

Division: Facilities Management

Status: Non-Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $14.24 - $17.78/hr (DOE)

Position Summary:

Responsible for the upkeep of the hospital and clinics by ensuring the cleanliness, appearance, and condition of landscaping items and features.

Scope of Work:

The position is located at TON Health Care. The incumbent works under the general supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor or Facility Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Depending on the area of assignment, an incumbent may not be required to perform some of the duties listed below):

  • Maintains landscaping by trimming and pruning trees and shrubs, repairing fences, sweeping sidewalks, repairing irrigation systems, controlling weeds, watering, and cutting lawns.
  • Prepare soil and plants, trees, and vegetation.
  • Perform clean-up duties of entire premises on a routine basis.
  • Perform functions such as transplanting, essential pest control, pruning and trimming, and other landscaping duties.
  • Maintains, repairs, and operates irrigation/sprinkler systems.
  • Relines rocks on walking trails.
  • Operates and maintains various heavy equipment and power/hand tools such as backhoe, tractor, lawnmower, weed trimmer, rakes, and other landscaping tools.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Ensures the grounds and landscaping is safe for employees, patients, and visitors; and removes any hazardous obstacles.
  • Sprays lawns, shrubs, and trees with fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides.
  • Cleans and removes materials and debris from work areas.
  • Check water softener in Housekeeping and levels of propane at the hospital. Notifies supervisor when running low.
  • Assists with maintenance projects.
  • Sets up and tears down meeting facilities according to program requests and directives.
  • Assists departments in moving or unloading supplies, furniture, and equipment as needed.
  • Complies with safety rules and regulations to ensure a safe working environment.
  • Maintain required reports and records.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, tribal laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, practices, and equipment used in grounds keeping and landscaping activities.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices used in irrigation, planting, and gardening.
  • Knowledge of work hazards and safety procedures.
  • Skill in the use of cleaning tools, chemicals, cleaners, and disinfectants.
  • Skill in the safe operation of power tools and equipment.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service to external and internal customers.
  • Ability to use hand tools and lawn maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict timelines.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
  • Ability to travel.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One year grounds keeping or outside laborer experience.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Heavy equipment experience preferred.
  • Upon recommendation for hire, a criminal background and a National FBI fingerprint check are required to determine suitability for employment, including a 39-month driving record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver's license (no DUIs or major traffic citations within the last three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O'odham Nation tribal employer's insurance requirements to receive a driver's permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk and crouch; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The incumbent may experience prolonged periods of standing, climbing, bending, stooping, and kneeling. In addition, the employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

Work Environment:

Work is performed in an outdoor setting. Exposure to natural weather conditions and various dust and mists may occur while performing duties. In addition, exposure to chemicals and hazardous materials may occur. Situations may arise where safety-toe shoes, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, or hardhats are needed. Evening, graveyard, holiday, and weekend work may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required. Travel will be required.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.

Location San Xavier  
Open Date 1/24/2023  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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