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Job Opportunity by Ryerson University

Job type: Full Time


About Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

About Facilities Management and Development

Ryerson University’s Facilities Management and Development (FMD) department involves care of the physical environment of the campus and strategic planning for existing and future spaces, including the impacts of those spaces. FMD is responsible for functions including Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Services, Maintenance and Operations, Planning and Development, Project Management Office, Real Estate, and Sustainability.

The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced Groundskeeper/Driver to join our team! In this role, you will maintain the appearance of University grounds by performing grounds maintenance and routine landscape and gardening activities. You will also operate University vehicles in the performance of duties.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

- Grounds maintenance: emptying litter/trash baskets, sweeping walkways, picking up litter, etc. from all campus property.
- Routine landscaping: cutting grass, trimming, raking leaves, pruning trees/bushes, etc.
- Clears snow and spreads traction grit (salt) at building entrances, sidewalks, stairways and platforms.
- Routine gardening tasks: watering, weeding and maintaining flower beds.
- Operates equipment such as: hand movers, string trimmers, snow blowers, pumps, compactors and other small engine powered equipment in a safe manner and ensures equipment is properly maintained.
- Assists with routine cleaning and/or moving inside the University.
Operates Ryerson vehicles according to University and Department of Motor Vehicle procedures and standards.
- Minor maintenance on vehicles such as fluid checks, tire pressure, lights operation and daily visual inspections.
- Maintains accurate records of trip mileage, gas purchases etc..
- Cleans and maintains the vehicles to support the University’s good public image.
- Reports any equipment and/or vehicle breakdowns, defects, repairs required to the Lead Hand/ Supervisor immediately.
- Please refer to the job description for all responsibilities.


Experience in groundskeeping and grounds maintenance in a large institutional environment including:
Experience driving a full size pick-up and/or van. Experience driving vehicles with snow plough and salter attachments preferred.
- Experience performing minor vehicle repairs such as: fluid checks, tire pressure, etc.
- Experience with and knowledge of the proper and safe use of landscaping and snow removal equipment.
- Valid Class “G” Ontario Driver’s license.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
- Visual attentiveness is required to operate grounds equipment, and to ensure responsibilities are performed to established standards.
- Knowledge of most recent WHMIS, Occupational Health and Safety Act and a demonstrated commitment in promoting a safe work environment.
- A demonstrated commitment to client service, specifically students, staff, and faculty;
Interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and sound judgement.
- Ability to work in undesirable and disagreeable conditions such as all weather conditions, varying temperatures and noisy environments and be exposed to dirt, waste products and hazardous material.
- Must be capable of heavy lifting and other strenuous physical activity to perform duties such as: continuous walking, standing, repetitive bending, turning, twisting, stretching, pushing, pulling and climbing.
- Must be willing and able to wear and use protective clothing.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team environment
- A demonstrated record of excellent attendance, reliability and dependability.

What Ryerson University has to offer employees:

There is something for everyone! Employees are eligible for many benefits, services and discounts including:

- Convenient location downtown at Yonge and Dundas, accessible by transit and car.
- Consistent and guaranteed shifts (40 hours per week).
- Competitive Benefits Package: Group benefits including comprehensive health and dental, emergency travel care, employee and family assistance program (EFAP), life and business travel accident insurance.
- Ryerson Retirement Pension Plan (RRPP): Participation in a defined benefit pension plan.
- Tuition Waiver/Rebate: Eligible employees and their spouses and dependents have access to various programs and courses offered by Ryerson University.
- Health & Fitness: Reduced membership rate to two (2) Athletic Centres which includes group fitness classes, massage therapy, personal training and aquatics.
- Medical Centre: Access to the Ryerson medical centre which provides a range of medical services on campus.
- Onsite Daycare: Full-time and part-time daycare, and before and after school program.

Additional Information

Position Number(s): 20001495
Reports To : Supervisor, Custodial Services
Vacancy Type: FTCE
Employee Group: CUPE 233
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: Not Applicable
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week
Grade and Step: CUPE 233 - Groundskeeper/Driver
Salary Scale: Entry rate $26.18 per hour / Job rate $27.24 per hour - Shift premium may apply
Must be flexible to work shifts, overtime as needed
Candidates must have a demonstrated record of dependability/reliability & a commitment to maintain confidentiality.
Application Close Date: June 3, 2021


Candidates may be asked to demonstrate qualifications through occupational testing and an interview conducted by a panel of at least three (3) management representatives.
Applications are accepted online through the Ryerson Career website.
We encourage all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America, to self-identify in their applications and also reach out to Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead for support during the selection process.

Please watch a message from Ryerson's Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion for more information on our commitment to equity.

Important Notice Re: Job Postings during COVID-19

Following the advice of government and health authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19, all employees have been equipped to work from home until further notice. New employees will also work from home with the exception of those who have been deemed 'essential' and are required to be on campus. All recruiting activities including interviews and onboarding are being conducted virtually.

While we are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all applicants, due to the situation regarding COVID-19, please be advised that Ryerson University ("Ryerson") reserves the right to pause a job competition at any stage in the process. Applicants will be notified in the event that the job competition process in which they are participating is suspended or paused. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your interest in Ryerson University.