Grounds Worker

Physical and Environmental Resources
Reference number: 
Closing date: 
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 17:30
Employment status: 
Full or part time: 
On call
Competition status: 
Job description: 

You will be responsible for maintaining the grounds within the entire National Historic Site where Royal Roads University is located.  Your primary responsibility will be for a variety of grounds keeping duties, some of which require basic skills and abilities common to the horticulture trade. At times, you will be required to work closely with gardeners and perform gardens work as directed.  This position delivers grounds services as part of the gardens and service team within the National Heritage Site and promotes customer service and a professional front-door image presented by the University. 


To be suitable for this role you must be capable of periods of high intensity physical work, and have an ability to work flexible hours to meet operational needs.  In addition, you must have the capacity to lift, carry and place heavy loads as a routine requirement of the position. You must also be able to operate all machinery related to grounds and garden work and some occasional minor repairs may be required to maintain equipment in operation may be necessary. At times, you may be required to meet the operational needs of the P&ER department including working in extreme weather conditions or assisting with other teams.



  • Completion of grade 12 from a secondary school or equivalent.
  • Possession of a valid Class 5 driver’s license in the Province of B. C.
  • One (1) year gardening work experience or completion of horticulture trade program.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to safely operate equipment related to the duties.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • General knowledge of safe procedures involved in the work performed.


  • Possession of a valid B.C. Pesticide Applicator License.
  • Knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Basic First Aid.
Application submission information: 

This is a casual, on-call position within the CUPE Local 3886 Bargaining Unit.  The hourly rate is $18.81 and the University is pleased to offer a percentage of salary in lieu of benefits.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: with a subject line of:

17-016a-C0005 – Last name, First name

Or mail to:

Human Resources - Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570 Tel:  (250) 391-2511

The competition began on June14, 2017 and will remain open until successful candidates are found. 

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe pdf. format.