Grounds and Labor

The University of Montana Grounds staff manages over 50 acres of landscape, including over 2 million square feet of turf. The staff was recognized for their excellent work when they won the National Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society in 1994 and again in 2002 when they received an honorable mention award.

In order to help maintain the lawn and the overall beauty of the campus, please use the sidewalks whenever possible.

Grounds and Labor: Power mower on the Oval.

The Grounds Management Staff adheres to an Integrated Pest Management System (IPM). This system utilizes methods that are the least invasive to the surrounding environment, when possible, to control pests. It includes the use of natural controls, maintaining good plant health, the use of plant varieties that are resistant to problem pests and the use of chemicals only when absolutely necessary to prevent irreparable damage to plants in the landscape.  

Grounds and Labor: Tool shed

The Labor Crew is responsible for providing not only general labor to the campus community, but they also perform the following:

  • Street Sweeping
  • Snow Plowing
  • Concrete Finishing
  • Excavating
  • Demolishing Work
  • Event Setup
  • Campus Moving
    • Self-supporting activities will be charged for moving costs.
    • Internal moves of a minor nature will be provided to "state-funded" departments without charge once every 30 days as long as the value does not exceed $100.
    • Major moves required by a construction project or space reassignment will be funded as part of the project or move and will be the responsibility of the Office of Facilities Services.
    • The cost of all other moves will be the responsibility of the department requesting the move.


To place a work order, either call 243-6091 from 8am to 5pm, Monday - Friday or submit your request via the Online System.

Click here to open the Online Work Order system.Click here for Campus Stores Activity Report

Contact Us
: Work Order


Ben Carson
Grounds Maintenance Manager
(406) 243-2183

Mick Alva
Labor Supervisor
(406) 243-6042