Lead Groundskeeper/Horticulturalist

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Barton College is recruiting for a Lead Groundskeeper/Horticulturalist to assist with the daily planning, organization, and direction of the overall grounds maintenance services for assigned facilities and campus landscape.

In this role, the Lead Groundskeeper/Horticulturalist will lead the production and management of ornamental plants and turf grass, which includes grounds maintenance, restoration, and design. This position will test the soil and inspect the grounds area and then collaborate with the Grounds Supervisor to determine the best plants to use throughout the garden or planting area based on soil type and campus expectations.

Essential Functions

Operation and Maintenance of Ornamental Plants and Turf Grass Including Plant Beds, Trees, and Shrubs (45%)

  • Assist with grounds maintenance, restoration, and design.
  • Install and cultivate functional and ornamental plants.
  • Transplant and prune shrubs and small trees.
  • Weed landscape beds and assist with mulching.
  • Identify and treat potential pests or diseases.
  • Provide plant care advice to other groundskeepers and campus members.
  • Practice preventive maintenance of tools and equipment by performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, oiling moving parts, cleaning and servicing tools and equipment as directed or specified in the operator’s manual, and returning damaged tools and equipment for repair or replacement.
  • Diagnose problems utilizing appropriate tools and test equipment; estimate cost of jobs; acquire materials to complete a job by contacting vendors; make necessary repairs; document time and material costs for billing purposes.
  • Utilize the work order system as needed to plan, schedule, and record labor, materials, and supplies.

Supervision (15%)

  • Supervise staff in performing the day-to-day grounds services operations. The incumbent assists the Grounds Supervisor with the work of grounds staff to ensure a clean, neat, attractive, and safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Coordinate immediate Facilities Management Services (custodial, maintenance and grounds) and campus response to issues or events affecting campus operations.
  • Meet and coordinate work with customers, contractors, and consultants.
  • Order materials and supplies; store supplies per established guidelines.
  • Conduct or assist with the weekly toolbox meetings as directed by Grounds Supervisor.

Service Calls (10%)

  • Respond to work orders assigned by the supervisor to College buildings in response to user requests for service problems, leaks, smells and repairs, etc.
  • Complete assigned projects with quality workmanship by using hand or power tools.

Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems (10%)

  • Turn irrigation systems on and off as designated.
  • Repair and replace pipes and numerous types of sprinkler heads and fixtures.
  • Replace or repair irrigation valves with assistance from maintenance staff.

Implement and Monitor Program Activities (10%)

  • Respond to calls and special requests from administrators, facility security staff, and grounds employees to assist with a variety of emergency or special grounds, maintenance, and clean-up work.
  • Help with the setup of events outdoors; set up stage for commencement, concerts, lectures ,and other events.
  • Conduct inspections throughout campus grounds and outdoor facilities; evaluate cleanliness and general condition of grounds, vehicles, and equipment; evaluate repairs needed; assign work crews for pruning and weeding; create work orders when needed for general maintenance and/or non-routine grounds requirements.
  • Maintain inventory of materials and supplies; establish re-order levels to ensure the proper amount of stock on hand; provide for the proper working order of equipment through maintenance programs; prepare various types of reports and records such as materials expended and equipment maintenance schedules.
  • Function as essential personnel during facility emergencies and perform standby duty as required.

Training and Development (5%)

  • Assess employee training needs; design and prepare training curriculum and materials; supervise or conduct training of staff; ensure staff are trained and knowledgeable in weed control, fertilization, and other grounds chemicals, methods, and techniques. Record and track employee training and development activities.
  • Ensure staff is properly trained to perform required tasks.
  • Ensure certificates that are required by law to test, repair, and complete field audits for all equipment are maintained by shop personnel.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

  • Function as essential personnel during facility emergencies and perform standby duty as required.

Skills, Experience, and Credentials

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent education and at least four years of experience in grounds services, two of which must have been supervisory, which includes knowledge of grounds maintenance procedures, equipment, and supplies, is required.
  • Four years of grounds supervisory experience is preferred. We prefer candidates who have at least three years of professional horticulture experience and are ASHS certified.
  • Supervisory skills; management skills such as planning and organizing; strong oral and written communication skills; and the ability to train new employees if required.
  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Working knowledge of building and construction codes, safe work practices, materials, tools, equipment used to maintain the campus and athletic grounds, and budget preparation.
  • Ability to negotiate quality and price of grounds materials and equipment; effectively coordinate human and material resources; plan and organize campus horticulture; assist with the work of other grounds personnel; establish and maintain inventory of grounds materials and equipment; prepare written and oral instructions; inspect campus grounds and athletic playing fields to evaluate attractiveness, safety, and repair needs; and maintain effective working relationships with employees, vendors, and the general public.

Application Process

Please submit application materials including a letter of interest, current resume, and contact information for at least three professional references (all documents should be MS Word or PDF format) to Human Resources at employment@barton.edu. References will not be checked until the candidate is informed. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Any claims of discrimination for Title IX or otherwise should be directed to our Title IX Coordinator, Victoria A. Morris, at P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893, or at 252-399-6330 or vamorris@barton.edu.

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