Position in Operations

Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb University employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian values.

Grounds Technician

Gardner-Webb University Operations department is looking to fill a full-time Grounds Technician position.

The Grounds Technician performs semi-skilled work in the care and modification of University grounds and landscapes. This includes the operation of electrically-powered and gasoline-powered groundskeeping equipment and machines and the use of small hand and power tools or equipment in planting, cultivating, and trimming grounds and landscaping. The Grounds Technician also performs maintenance on groundskeeping equipment and tools, and makes minor repairs (within demonstrated capability) as directed.


  • Minimum of two years’ experience in groundskeeping, where knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in planting, cultivating, and trimming a variety of types of trees, shrubs, ground cover, flowers and grasses has been gained is preferred.


  • Ability to read English language sufficiently to understand written work orders and instructions as well as directions for the proper mixture, use, and disposal/storage of cleaners, solvents, chemicals, fertilizers and similar products used in groundskeeping is required.
  • Skilled in the proper operation and maintenance of grounds maintenance tools, equipment, and machinery required.
  • Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Required Abilities:

  • Ability to lift and carry groundskeeping supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis, prolonged walking or standing, and frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching on a daily basis.
  • Full-range of physical motion in order to operate manual, electrically-powered and/or gasoline-powered groundskeeping equipment and machines.
  • Ability to access facilities and areas which may only be accessible by climbing stairs or by climbing ladders to a height of 20 feet (e.g., for tree trimming).
  • Ability to move throughout assigned areas, as the work is performed primarily out-of-doors, year-round.

This job classification is designated as an essential employee and must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather.


Applicants should submit their applications and resumes to: Wendy Burnham at [email protected]create new email. Applicants may also deliver their application materials to the Operations Center located at 412 South Main Street Shelby, NC 28152.