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Mover & Grounds Specialist

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Trades, Service, and Maintenance

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Job Summary

The Mover & Grounds Specialist performs moves, supports campus events. Performs snow removal, grounds and landscape duties, and equipment operations associated with the maintenance of the campus.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • One year of experience in moving and equipment operation
  • Valid Driver’s License

Applicants must meet stated minimum education and experience requirements.


Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to read, write and perform simple arithmetic
  • Ability to safely lift and move items as required
  • Ability to use a computer and Microsoft Office and job specific software
  • Ability work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours which may include, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to operate liftgates and platforms
  • Ability to independently operate snow removal equipment
  • Ability to follow instructions and operate hand and power equipment
  • Ability to work with a diverse population

Job Duties

  1. Process work order requests for completion associated with moving support.  
  2. Operate fleet moving truck in transportation of equipment, materials and other items as requested. Safely operate material handling equipment such as, but not limited to lift gates, pallet jacks and loading dock lifts.
  3. Provide support for campus functions and events, including event preparation, setup and breakdown, litter control and site restoration.
  4. Protect items being transported and moved using appropriate materials. Protect buildings, elevators, grounds as necessary in preparation for movement of items. Assess building spaces, including rooms, hallways, and/or elevators, and materials to be moved for damage prior to move and document and report any pre-existing damage.
  5. Assist in sustainment of moving equipment, storage areas and equipment maintenance. Notify E&SS management of any equipment needing to be repaired and/or replaced.
  6. Comply with standing instructions provided by operating manuals, safety rules and regulations for personal protection and safety and the safety of others. Report instances of vandalism/theft of Institute property immediately to Supervisor or Public Safety. Maintain work and storage areas in a clean, organized and safe condition.
  7. Perform snow removal functions in accordance with the Institute snow removal plan. Respond to and be available for weather related emergencies as necessary to maintain safe transportation through campus. Operate, maintain and inspect all snow removal equipment in accordance with Institute’s standards.
  8. Perform tasks necessary for routine maintenance of campus grounds. Inspect, maintain and operate grounds and field related power equipment at proper working and safety standards. Clean equipment at the end of each useReport and document any needed repairs of equipment.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.


Business Hours. Must have the ability to work flexible hours which may include, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.


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Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range: $16.20 - $17.16

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile. Please be ready to upload your resume and cover letter.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact

Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Culture of Safety at Rensselaer

Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff and students.  As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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