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Head Groundskeeper - Burlington Bees
Grounds Keeper - Co-Line Welding, Inc
Turf Specialist - Elite Lawn Services
Turf Care Specialist - Pro-Turf Services
Turf Maintenance Manager - RJ Lawn Service
Lawn Care Professional - Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
Grounds Worker - Signature Commercial Real Estate
Crew Leader & Service Technician - Iowa Irrigation
Chemical Applicator - Hawkeye/Van Ginkel Lawn & Snow


Head Groundskeeper - Burlington Bees

The Burlington Bees are seeking a Head Groundskeeper to perform all game day grounds keeping duties. The position is a 12 month, salaried hire, who will report to the General Manager. Prerequisites include the following:

   1. Mound repair and clay packing experience
   2. Infield dragging experience
   3. Rotary mowing experience and walk behind
   4. Handling of full field tarps
   5. Small equipment repair and maintenance
   6. Fertilizer applications field and grounds
   7. Irrigation
   8. Warning Track
   9. Grounds around stadium
   10. Additional items per General Manager

Applicants must pay attention to detail and be willing to take direction. Applicants also must be willing to work long hours during the season, week-ends included. Resumes should be sent via e-mail to chuck@gobees.com.

Grounds Keeper - Co-Line Welding, Inc

Co-Line Welding, Inc is a premier supplier of metal stampings and fabrication services located near Sully, Iowa. Top quality workmanship encompasses not only the products that we manufacture, but also includes the image that is projected by our grounds and lake area.

Join our grounds crew in a year-round position, where you will be responsible for all aspects of lawn and turf maintenance. We have 30+ acres of Co-Line properties that are maintained to golf course conditions. The right candidate will be responsible for continuous improvement and maintenance of these properties, including:
     - Mowing and trimming of all areas.
     - Maintenance of trees, bushes and other plantings.
     - Design and landscaping of developing areas.
     - Upkeep of a 7-acre lake including swimming and beach areas.
     - Seeding and application of appropriate fertilizers and pesticides.
     - Maintenance of tractors, mowers and other grounds related equipment.
     - Snow removal as needed for parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, etc.

Minimum Qualifications include:
     - High School Diploma or GED
     - Previous experience in grounds maintenance and/or landscaping required.
     - Ability to operate and maintain various types of grounds related equipment.
     - Must be a motivated self starter who has meticulous attention to detail

Compensation is commensurate with experience. This is a year-round position with full benefit package includes health, dental, vision and life insurance, generous PTO & holidays, 401(k) plan, quarterly bonuses, on-site massages and daily catered lunches.

Apply using at http://colinemfg.com/careers/ or email resume & cover letter to careers@colinemfg.com.

Turf Specialist - Elite Lawn Services

Elite Lawn Services LLC is located in Grimes, IA. We specialize in commercial and residential turf care. We are searching for our next best turf specialist to join our team. 

-Must possess 3T or 3OT turf license 
-Must be knowledgable about the chemicals you will be applying 
-Be comfortable operating push spreader, skid sprayer and ride on Fert machine 
-Must be punctual and thorough with customers and filling our route sheets 
-Must keep work truck and equipment clean 
-Must have valid Iowa Drivers License 

Reasons to join the Elite team; better wages, more hours, constant opportunities to better yourself. We are committed to success, teamwork, our customers and employees. If you're interested in a great paying career and have experience, contact us for an interview today! 

-Pay between $16-20.00 per hour. All over time paid at time and a half. 
-Company uniform provided 
-Paid every Friday, direct deposit avaliabe 
-Year round employment 

Logan Myers,
O: 515-250-0610 
C: 515-689-6648 
E: Logan@elitelawnservicesllc.com 
W: Elitelawnservicesllc.com/employment 

Turf Care Specialist - Pro-Turf Services

$35,000 - $40,000 PLUS EXCELLENT BENEFITS!

PRO-TURF Services in INDIANOLA, IOWA is looking for a high energy, self starting, outgoing individual with a strong work ethic. This individual will actively apply turf products to lawns and sports complexes. The right candidate will have the ability to provide excellent customer service, learn how to problem solve turf challenges and will learn how to sell turf products. This full time position will also maintain equipment and assist the agronomy / energy location team during winter and off season opportunities.

This is a great entry level position with opportunities to grow into leadership, sales and advanced operations.

Position Offers:
     - Pay depends on experience
     - Excellent on the job training
     - Company help with getting required DOT license & Professional Application License
     - Excellent benefits including company funded pension plan, 401(k), health, vision and dental insurance
     - Career Development Opportunities
     - Located within Des Moines Metro!

To learn more
www.agrilandfs.com/careers or (515) 462-5362

Turf Maintenance Manager - RJ Lawn Service

 Do you enjoy a variety of tasks both in the field and the office?  Are you willing to direct team members in an appropriate way to achieve efficient detailed results? We are looking for a person who is earnest and hardworking and we are willing to reward such work.  Due to continued growth at our company, we are looking for a person to lead staff in the proper care of turf & plants.  The right candidate will have the knowledge and the drive to steer this division in the right direction.

RJ is committed to being the highest paying company in our industry. We want to continue to be the best lawn & landscape company in the area, which requires more great people on our team. If you have or know someone with potential for greatness, we’ll help train and educate for advancement in your career. Unlike golf course maintenance positions, it doesn’t have to take 7-8 years to advance. We are constantly growing and promoting members of our team who display characteristics of a great RJ employee.

We’re passionate about our company, what we do, and the quality service we provide.  RJ Lawn Service Inc. is an established lawn & landscape company with a great reputation for quality work and a solid customer base.  Our indoor/outdoor showroom, office and shop are located in Waukee, Iowa (in one of the top 10 fastest growing counties in the nation).  Est. 1997, RJ Lawn Service Inc. offers services in landscape design & installation, lawn care, lawn treatments, irrigation maintenance, grounds maintenance, and snow removal.  The current staff of 60 team members enjoys the challenge of growth while emphasizing quality and innovation through hard work and continuing education.

The right candidate has:
     - 2 or 4 year horticulture degree
     - Turf maintenance experience and knowledge are a must
     - Ability to identify and remediate turf problems
     - Detail oriented with focus on quality
     - Desire to make money
     - Must be able to pass State of Iowa Licensure for 3OT & Aquatics
     - Integrity
     - Willing to work in a family environment with other quality, loyal, hardworking individuals.

Additional details of the position:
     - Base pay plus production incentives
     - Retirement plan with up to 3% employer match
     - Healthcare & HSA Plans
     - Continuing Education
     - Company cell phone
     - Employment to begin immediately 

To apply, complete online application at www.rjlawnservice.net Employment Page. May follow up application by contacting us at 515-987-4394. 

Turf Maintenance Manager  

Objective:  Manage and develop the Turf Maintenance division for service for new and existing customers.

     - Recruit, train & supervise turf staff for quality & efficiency in turf related services.
     - Create and review hour budgets.
     - Schedule crews & confirm arrival/departures for turf staff on all work days.
     - Provide details and assist with job tickets for completion of turf related services.
     - Manage maintenance of turf equipment for safe & efficient operation.
     - Coordinate material orders & deliveries for turf services.
     - Perform field work at key projects requiring expertise and/or as needed.
     - Maintain customer relations with all RJ Lawn & Landscape customers & assist with estimating as needed.
     - Meet with clients to investigate and resolve turf issues and/or some service complaints.
     - Facilitate onsite change orders as necessary.
     - Facilitate overall business development of Turf Department with management.
     - Attend continuing education classes as required to maintain certifications.  
Attend company meetings as requested for overall company development.
     - Snow Removal duties as a Quad Manager.
     - Promote, demonstrate and enforce safety procedures.
     - Enforce company policies.
     - Support and enforce RJ Lawn and Landscape core values (Honesty, Teamwork, Professionalism, Driven, Brand).


Able to:
     - Manage, lead, and train crew members.
     - Read and understand technical information competently.
     - Operate machinery in a safe and effective manner.
     - Competent in basic math skills and conversions.
     - Pass Background 21 Check.
     - Legally drive company vehicles with valid Iowa driver’s license.
     - Possess and maintain Iowa Class A CDL.
     - Possess and maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
     - Possess and maintain 3OT - Ornamental and Turf Applicator certification.
     - Possess and maintain Iowa Category 5 and 6 certification.
     - Possess Turf degree or equivalent.
Work overtime as needed.

Required to:
     - Physically be able to perform the work.
     - Bend, lift, and walk on uneven sloped or rough terrain.
     - Shovel sand, rock, dirt, and snow.
     - Climb ladders.
     - Lift 35 lbs.

Competent in:
     - Problem-Solving- identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and gather and analyze information.
     - Customer Service- manage difficult customer situations and respond to customer needs in a timely manner
       while soliciting customer feedback to improve service.
     - Oral Communication- speak clearly and persuasively in both positive and negative situations.
     - Planning/Organizing- prioritize and plan work activities for efficient use of work time.
     - Quality- demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness by monitoring personal work quality.
     - Adaptability- adapt to changes in the work environment while managing competing demands and dealing with
       frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.
     - Dependability- consistently arrive at work on time, follow instructions, respond to management direction and
       solicits feedback to improve performance.
     - Safety and Security- follow safety and security procedures by proper use of equipment and materials. 

Measure of Accountability:
     - Number of scheduling errors or quality issues.
     - Hourly and quality control budgets.
     - Client Satisfaction (customer complaints).
     - Attendance Record.
     - Annual Financial goals.

Reports to: President

To apply, complete online application at www.rjlawnservice.net Employment Page. May follow up application by contacting us at 515-987-4394. 

Lawn Care Professional - Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care

Are you looking for full-time work that is exciting and rewarding?  Are you ready to join a skilled team with a proven record of success?  We are seeking a motivated, professional, self-starter for a full-time lawn care position in the Creston, IA area.  No experience necessary; we train you.

Benefits include the following:
     - Starting wage is negotiable and will vary depending on level of experience, skill, and past work history.
     - Bonuses and commissions from sales and profit goals
     - Rapid advancement based on performance, aptitude, and work ethic.
     - Vacation/sick paid time off (PTO)
     - Paid holidays
     - Retirement plan contributions
     - Cell phone
     - Assistance with uniforms and licensing
     - Industry training and education

The ideal team member will have the following:
     - Motivated, self-starter with great work ethic
     - Excellent verbal communication with customers and other team members
     - Ability to conducts themselves in a professional manner
     - Attention to detail
     - High aptitude for critical thinking and problem solving
     - High school graduate or GED.  Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
     - Valid driver's license
     - Pass drug policy and background check

Job responsibilities include the following:
     - Apply fertilizers, herbicides, and/or insecticides to turfgrass lawns
     - Mix and measure pesticide quantities
     - Detailed record keeping and paperwork
     - Actively participate in training and continuing education thereafter
     - Obtain Pesticide Applicator's License
     - Maintain and repair company vehicles and other equipment
     - Plan and prioritize tasks
     - May be required to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions, repeated overhead lifting, walk long distances, and kneeling
       and/or squatting
     - Other duties may include pest control, mowing, and snow removal

Please visit our website for a job application:

Apply in person or mail resumes, job applications, or other inquiries to:
Green Valley Pest Control & Lawn Care
1430 150th St.
Creston, IA 50801
Or email: office@greenvalleypest.net

Grounds Worker - Signature Commercial Real Estate, West Des Moines, IA

General Summary: Provides grounds maintenance for commercial and multi-family properties including, but not limited to, mowing, upkeep of landscaping, planters, trees and bushes.  In the off season, will need to provide snow removal for commercial properties with company provided equipment.  This position will also assist other employees in all necessary areas of grounds maintenance.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
     1. Be responsible for appearance of designated areas, to include but not limited to, flower beds, common 
         areas, trees and hardscapes.
     2. Operate tractors, mowers and related equipment associated with grounds maintenance.
     3. Operate hand equipment.
     4. Plant, cultivate, care for and maintain landscaped areas and turf.
     5. Assist in the care, repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment.
     6. Maintain and make minor repairs to buildings, fences, gates, walkways, parking lots, secondary roads
         and other Signature Commercial Real Estate properties.
     7. Ensures properties sprinkler systems are working and general upkeep to sprinkler systems.
     8. Operate powered and or non-powered equipment to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, steps,
         parking lots or roadways.
     9. Evaluate and perform ice control on sidewalks, steps, parking lots and secondary roads.
    10. Be responsible for reporting unusual conditions, damage to property or to plants and any other
          abnormal conditions that may occur to the Grounds Manager.
    11. Must be able to perform overtime when needed.
    12. Prompt and regular attendance.
    13. Any other job duties as assigned.

Other Requirements:
     1. Must be able to work flexible hours and to be on call in case of emergency within a rotation. 
Ability and willingness to work as directed.
     3. Ability to follow general instructions.
     4. Knowledge of horticulture principles.

     1. High school diploma or equivalent
     2. Possess a valid vehicle operator’s license
     3. Ability to communicate effectively
     4. Must have the physical, mental and verbal ability to perform the duties with minimal or no assistance. 
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform essential

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands:
     1. Exposure to outdoor conditions such as noise, dust, heat, cold, rain, snow, weeds and pesticide
     2. Continuous standing/walking with frequent bending.
     3. Frequent twisting of torso with occasional stooping, squatting, crawling and kneeling.
     4. Frequent pushing/pulling of 10-50 pounds; Occasional pushing/pulling of 51-65 pounds.
     5. Frequent lifting of 25-50 pounds; occasional lifting of 51-100 pounds.
     6. Occasional carrying of 10-25 pounds; occasional carrying of 26-50 pounds.
     7. Frequent simple and firm grasp with hand/wrist motion.
     8. Ability to work under stress and around normal conditions that exist in grounds settings.

     1. Competitive salary
     2. Medical insurance
     3. Dental insurance
     4. Simple IRA with company match
     5. Uniforms provided
     6. Paid time off (PTO) / holidays

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the position of the Grounds worker.  The positions of Grounds worker will be required to perform any other job related duties assigned by the supervisor. 

In addition this document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than “at will” employment.

Signature Commercial Real Estate provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Signature Commercial Real Estate complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Signature Commercial Real Estate expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Signature Commercial Real Estate’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Jodi Allen
Human Resources Manager

Crew Leader & Service Technician - Iowa Irrigation, Huxley, IA

Iowa Irrigation Corp is central Iowa’s leading irrigation contractor for residential, commercial and athletic field irrigation sales, designs, service and installation. We are looking for individuals that are above average performers with a take charge attitude and have a solid work ethic. Experience is preferred and training is available for the right candidates. Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record for the last five years. Bi-Lingual and backflow certificate is a plus. We offer competitive wages and benefit package, advancement opportunities with a fun and supportive work environment. If you believe you meet our qualifications and standards of excellence. Please go to www.iowairrigation.com under about us, employment, print off and fill out an application and send, along with your resume, to: alan@iowairrigation.com or fax to 515-597-4063

Serious applicants only! No applicant will be considered without Resume and Completed Iowa Irrigation Employment Application!


DUTIES (but not limited to):
·         Install irrigation systems
·         Lead an installation crew of 2-6 employees
·         Interpret job specification and schematic drawings
·         Interacts with irrigation managers, customers, general contractors and other contractors
·         Operation of pipe installation equipment (trencher and pullers)
·         Mechanical skills, hands on physical work, low voltage wiring, plumbing work.
·         Installation, adjustments repair and replacement of sprinkler heads, valves and controllers
·         Troubleshooting and repair problems to make systems work properly.
·         Ability to maintain satisfactory working relationships with other employees, customers and the


DUTIES (but not limited to):
·         Knowledge of irrigation systems and of repair and maintenance techniques.
·         Perform spring evaluations, startups and backflow tests.
·         Troubleshoot systems and make proper repairs.
·         Adjusts heads and nozzles to ensure complete coverage of irrigated area.
·         Winterization and blow-out system
·         Communicate and training with new customers.
·         Have the ability to work alone.
·         Complete daily paperwork as required by each job.

Iowa Irrigation, Corp.
103 N. 5th Ave. Suite E
Huxley, Ia. 50124

Chemical Applicator - Hawkeye | VanGinkel Lawn & Snow

Looking for a licensed chemical applicator to join our crew! Position would be full-time throughout the spring/summer/fall and during winter months work is available through snow removal. 

      - Valid Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator License 30T or 3T 
      - Valid Driver's license
      - Self motivated and able to work independently 
      - Experience in other areas of lawn care/snow removal a bonus

Pay will be based on experience.

(515) 967 - 3020

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