Special Projects Worker (Riverside)

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Work type: Hourly
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: FCS Operational Services
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Categories: Facilities/Grounds, Temporary Non-Benefited

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Departmental Assistant - Special Projects Worker performs varied tasks as assigned by the Special Projects Manager, including grounds maintenance, repair and maintenance of tools and equipment, recycling, and furniture demolition. This is a temporary position. 


Essential Functions

  • Assists with repairs of grounds, landscaping, demolition, furniture removal, and recycling.
  • Performs tasks in connection with, but not limited to, grounds and landscaping maintenance, furniture removal and luggage.


Other Functions

  • May work independently on construction, recycling tasks as assigned by Special Projects Manager.
  • May operate power equipment as required to support the completion of assigned work.
  • May direct the work of a small group of students as assigned by the Special Project Manager.
  • May operate a vehicle for the purpose of transporting students and/or materials to worksite.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to remain calm in emergency situations.
  • Mechanical aptitude. 
  • Ability to lead and direct the work of students. 


Additional Details

Qualifications Acquired on Job

  • Knowledge of materials, tools and equipment commonly employed in grounds and landscaping trades.
  • Ability to operate and care for equipment.
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects, pull, push, stand, bend, reach, and perform repetitive movements.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Physical stamina and endurance.
  • Manual dexterity. 


Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, hours vary between 7:00am - 3:00pm.
  • This is a temporary and unbenefited position. 


Salary Information

$16 per hour.


Special Instructions to Applicants

 Along with the application, please submit a resume (and cover letter / optional). 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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