Grounds Maintenance Worker – Seasonal

Uptime Magazine

Petersburg, VA

Grounds Maintenance Worker - Seasonal

Location: Petersburg, Virginia (Fort Gregg-Adams)

Type: Non-Exempt, Temporary

Work Schedule: Full-time, Day Shift

Compensation: $16.60/hour

Benefits: Skookum is proud to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package to our eligible part-time and full-time employees.

Full-Time Temporary benefits of a Grounds Maintenance Worker at Skookum include:

  • Medical and Life insurance available for eligible employees
  • $4.22/hour Health and Welfare Benefit
  • 11 paid federal holidays and accrual of paid vacation on a pro-rata basis based on number of hours worked, paid sick leave
  • Potential shared earning bonus
  • Tuition assistance available after 1 year of employment and potential scholarships for qualified dependents
  • Professional development, certifications, and training opportunities
  • Verizon wireless discount
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and an engaging wellness program

Skookum is a national non-profit, government contractor that is dedicated to “Creating Opportunities for People with Disabilities” through hiring and supporting individuals with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. We take pride in our mission-focused culture, our Core Values, Diversity, Partnership, Commitment, Integrity, and Quality, and our dedication to providing a safe and respectful work environment to our employees.

Skookum is seeking a hardworking and motivated Grounds Maintenance Worker with a positive attitude. This is a temporary position and is expected to run up to but no longer than November 30, 2023. This is an entry level opportunity to gain experience with maintaining and repairing grounds of industrial, commercial, or public property around facilities such as buildings, camp and picnic grounds, parks, playgrounds, greenhouses, and athletic fields, and provide service on all grounds to ensure the grounds are clean, safe and attractive while supporting our government customer. Employees will train to operate various types of equipment and learn other skills or trades for advancement. Also, there are opportunities for pay increases based on the employee’s ability to operate equipment requiring certifications, and a willingness to volunteer during snow removal operations

Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • Cut grass using walking-type or commercial grade riding mowers (less than 2000 lbs.).
  • Trim hedges and edges around walkways, flowerbeds and wells using hedge trimmers, clippers, and edging tools.
  • Prune shrubs and trees to shape and improve growth using shears and other hand tools.
  • Spray lawn, shrubs, and trees with fertilizer or insecticide.
  • Plant grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs.
  • Water lawn and shrubs during dry periods using a hose or activating sprinkler system.
  • Pick-up and cart away leaves, paper, or other litter.
  • Remove snow from walkways, driveways, roads, or parking lots using shovel and snow blower; spread salt on walkways and other areas.
  • Repair and paint fences, gates, benches, tables, guardrails, and outbuildings.
  • Assists with repair of roads, walkways, and buildings.
  • May clean comfort stations, offices, workshop areas, and parking lots by sweeping/blowing, washing, mopping and polishing.
  • Clean and maintain buildings, vehicles, tools, and equipment. May require hand washing mowing equipment and vehicles on a routine basis to include scrubbing and using a power washer. Building work may include janitorial work, mold removal, and movement/disposal of furnishings and equipment, and other unskilled tasks.


  • Minimum 0-3 years of experience.
  • Must be able to work independently at a fast pace.
  • Operate weed eater, blower, and/or mower on a regular basis.
  • Operate tractor and commercial grade riding mowers and/or other equipment as necessary.
  • May be required to use manual or power tools to complete work assignments.
  • Understand and carry out verbal and written instructions.
  • Read and understand contract requirements and maps.
  • Multi-task throughout workday, with constant interruptions.
  • Customer service oriented.
  • Position requires working outside in the weather; conditions may include rain, cold and/or heat.

Physical Requirements:

Employees must have the ability to perform the following physical demands for extended periods of time with or without assistance. The physical demands of this position may be reasonably accommodated for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions on a case-by-case basis.

  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • May be required to reach, kneel, walk, stand, and use repetitive motion for several hours at a time based on position duties.
  • Work may require repetitive motion, reaching, lifting, kneeling, and walking. Standing or sitting for several hours at a time, climbing in and out of a vehicle, and up and down stairs may also be required.
  • Must have the perseverance to work effectively under pressure for extended periods of time.


  • Valid state driver’s license is required with the ability to obtain and maintain coverage by Skookum’s insurance.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain applicable security clearances and installation access. A background check and E-Verify will be conducted for this position.

This position is temporary with an anticipated start date of March 20, 2023.

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Skookum’s mission is “Creating opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Skookum is here to help you with the recruitment process.
If you require an accommodation or support, please contact us at
(360) 475-0756 ext. 349, or email
Skookum is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Women/Minority/Veteran/Disabled - Skookum participates in E-Verify