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Turf Operator

Company: The University of Oklahoma
Location: Norman
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

Performs landscape duties involving strenuous physical activity. Tasks are precisely defined and are specified either verbally or in writing.


* Participates in routine grounds maintenance functions.
* Performs varied unskilled work, such as loading and unloading trucks, cleaning work areas, digging ditches, spreading sand, dirt, and asphalt, etc.
* Hand-waters and irrigates turf areas, hedges, and flower and shrub beds.
* Uses power mowing equipment to cut grass.
* Applies pesticides and fertilizers.
* Ensures that the assigned equipment being used is working at all times. Refills fuel and cleans equipment daily.
* Performs minor maintenance on equipment and hand tools. Reports equipment problems or failures.
* Moves and cuts tree limbs with a chain saw or runs through a chipper. Maintains records on tree maintenance activities and equipment usage.
* May plant, mulch, cultivate and weed flowers, shrubs and hedges.
* May use hand-cutting tools to trim grass, edging, curbs, trees and weeds.
* Performs related duties as needed to successfully fulfill the functions of the position.

Required Education: None.


* Ability to communicate verbally or in writing
* Basic math skills
* Ability to accurately read and understand written materials and instructions
* Ability to operate lawn equipment


* Valid Oklahoma Driver's License in order to drive University vehicles or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire date

Working Conditions:

* Exposure to physically demanding tasks such as heavy lifting of 100 pounds or more.
* Exposure to extreme temperature changes. Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions including in the heat and cold. Some overtime, including nights, weekends, and holidays may be required. Frequent exposure to chemicals or other hazardous materials. May be designated as an essential position during emergency closures. May be required to remain on campus overnight during weather or other emergencies.

Special Instructions:

* If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view the policy, visit

Diversity Statement:

* The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

* The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, and health care services that the University operates or provides.

Keywords: The University of Oklahoma, Norman , Turf Operator, Other , Norman, Oklahoma

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