football stadium grass, bench, bleachers, and pressbox

Watervliet Public Schools is seeking an outstanding Utility/Groundskeeper.  

The City of Watervliet is located in southwest Michigan, approximately 15 miles east of the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor metropolitan area, in Berrien County and 35 miles west of Kalamazoo, MI.  The school district serves approximately 1,500 PreK-12 students with grades 9-12 high school enrollment of approximately 440.  

Required Qualifications

  • High School Graduate.

  • Certification of good health, signed by a physician.

  • Ability to read and comprehend warning labels and basic equipment operating instructions and ability to write reports as needed.

  • Ability to move 150 pounds with assistance provided if requested.

  • Ability to perform minor electrical plumbing and mechanical repairs associated with the job.

  • Ability to operate floor cleaning equipment, lawn mowing, snow removal and other common equipment associated with the job.

  • Demonstrate the ability to work successfully without direct supervision.

  • Possess no physical or mental restrictions that would, without reasonable accommodation, prevent the performance of the essential job functions and responsibilities.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Mow and trim all grounds.

  • Apply weed killer and fertilizer as needed.

  • Plow and remove snow using school equipment. Apply salt as needed.

  • Clean up leaves and debris from school grounds.

  • Help to prepare and maintain sports fields for athletic events.

  • Operate and maintain the irrigation system.

  • Request and receive supplies and equipment, and maintain necessary inventories.

  • Deliver Food from the central kitchen to the elementary schools.

  • Deliver interschool mail on a set schedule.

  • Run errands as needed by the Maintenance Director.

  • Fill in for absent custodians as needed.

  • Aid in performing vehicle repairs.

  • Wash and wax school vehicles, including school busses.

  • Wash, clean and maintain ground equipment.

  • Cover the transportation office and radio when needed.

  • Drive a school bus where there is a shortage of drivers.

  • Perform other such tasks as directed by the principals, maintenance director,and building custodians.

  • Demonstrate professional behavior in manor and appearance.

  • Work cooperatively with building staff.

  • Regular, timely and predictable attendance.

 Application Procedure:

To be considered as a candidate, please apply online at Hire Enterprise - Berrien County Schools Consortium at:  Berrien County Schools Consortium.

Include a letter of application/resume, three letters of reference, and a copy of your transcripts, and or credentials. 

 Deadline for applying:         October 1st, 2021

 Starting Date:       As Soon As Possible

Salary & Benefits:                  $18.16 per hour/eligibility for benefits after probationary period

It is the policy of the Watervliet Public Schools that no person shall, on the basis of sex, religion, age, marital status, race, color, national origin, ancestry, weight, height, or handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment or any of its programs or activities.


In accordance with state law and board policy, no person shall be hired to work in contact with children prior to being fingerprinted and passing a criminal records review.