Dart Building/Grounds Person in Des Moines, Iowa

This job will remain open until filled

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), the largest public transit agency in Iowa, is hiring a Building and Grounds Person.

What do we offer?

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Coverage

  • Group Life Insurance

  • Deferred Compensation Plan

  • I.P.E.R.S. Retirement System

  • Long Term Disability

  • Holidays


Under the direction of the Building & Grounds Supervisor, this position will perform, on a bid shift, semi-skilled repair work in the upkeep of physical premises, buildings, facilities and grounds.


  • Perform preventive maintenance in the form of troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing DART buildings, facilities, fixtures, equipment and property involving HVAC, carpentry, painting, masonry, electrical, plumbing and mechanical

  • Analyze and diagnose equipment problems while identifying safety hazards

  • Maintain plants, trees, ground covers and other landscaping materials and irrigations systems to include planting, watering, feeding and maintain flower beds, shrub beds, mulch/rock beds and trees

  • Installs new/replacement equipment and materials in all facilities by performing electrical, plumbing, carpentry, welding, masonry, glazing, boiler, hydraulic, pneumatic, irrigation, heating, refrigeration, ventilating, air conditioning and other maintenance work

  • Perform snow removal activities to include plowing, sanding operations and handwork

  • Safely operate any non-revenue company vehicle and/or heavy equipment including 4-wheeler, bobcat, tractors, lawn mowers, chippers/shredders and paint sprayer

  • Safely operate electrical and air powered tools, pipe fitting, welding, hydraulic, pneumatic and other mechanical tools, snow removal and salt spreader equipment and/or other heavy equipment assigned to the department

  • Trouble shoots, diagnoses and repairs malfunctions in boilers, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, heating, refrigeration, ventilating and air conditioning, irrigation and other systems, structures and equipment

  • Reads and interprets blueprints, schematics and technical manuals pertaining to facilities and equipment installed and serviced

  • Conforms to all safety regulations and practices


  • High School diploma or GED

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in skilled maintenance or construction work


Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge and experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing, industrial waste, air conditioning, heating, irrigation systems, boilers, pneumatic, equipment, pumps, hydraulic equipment, pipe fitting and welding

  • Knowledge of safety procedures and ability to follow safe working practices

  • Knowledge of standard procedures, tools, equipment and materials used for grounds maintenance and repair

  • Knowledge of basic chemicals, interactions, danger signs and safe disposal methods

  • Knowledge of methods, techniques of planting, transplanting, cultivation, pruning and maintaining lawns, ground cover, shrubs, hedges and trees

  • Knowledge of or ability to acquire the knowledge of, EPA, DOT and other related safety rules and regulations

Skills or Ability to:

  • Ability to understand and effectively follow both oral and written instructions

  • Ability to work independently for long periods of time

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties

  • Ability to effectively perform skilled landscaping and semi-skilled facility maintenance and repair tasks on Agency property and facilities

  • Skill in the use of the tools and performance of the tasks of the various trades utilized to repair the systems

  • Ability to read and understand appropriate level technical manuals, schematics, blueprints and technical trade code books pertaining to facilities and equipment serviced

Special Requirements:

  • Valid Iowa CDL with Air Brake and Passenger endorsements with satisfactory driving record

  • No attendance problems within the last two years

  • No disciplinary issues within the last 12 months


On a normal work day, this position requires:

  • Prolonged periods of standing, walking, reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling and physical activity

  • Frequently lift, push, pull up to 50 pounds; occasionally lift, push, pull up to 100 pounds

  • Extensive use of hands, fingers, legs and arms in operations requiring constant motion

  • Must be able to reach/extend hand and arms in any direction (horizontal and vertical movement)

  • Must be able to seize and hold objects with hand or hands and use fingers to carry out designated tasks

  • Clarity of vision sufficient to see objects clearly at distances of 20 inches or less.

  • Ability to hear normal verbal conversations