Campus Groundskeeper Coordinator

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Facilities Management Job Description

Job Summary

Under the direction of the grounds working foreman or designee, organize, monitor and support all grounds department activities and assist in the delegation of duties of grounds personnel in order to efficiently maintain the health, aesthetics and safety of the campus landscape. Project a positive leadership attitude, effectively solve problems and demonstrate good judgment. Champion sustainable landscape maintenance practices.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Coordinating (40%)

• Substitute for grounds working foreman on a limited basis including, but not limited to assigning duties and/or covering absences. During substitutions, work closely with the assistant vice president for facilities and grounds.
• Collaborate with the manager of facilities services on planning and related work activities associated with Commencement, reunion weekends, orientation, college opening, Family Weekend, Fall Preview events, and any other college functions.
• Communicate with botanic garden staff at appropriate intervals regarding tasks that are performed in partnership with or impact Botanic Garden.
• Procure supplies and materials as necessary for the implementation of grounds work. Ensure a method for storing and tracking materials.
• Assist in the construction, maintenance or improvement of underground utilities and site work as related to the grounds department.
• Assist in the planning of projects and maintenance of accurate records.
• Assist with supervision of summer staff.
• Read and comply with all department notices and attend meetings as required.

Groundskeeper, Project Work, Other (60%)

• Identify and recommend solutions to turf diseases, pest infestations and other related turf deficiencies using an organic systems approach when feasible.
• Assist in the maintenance of the campus grounds including, but not limited to lawns, trees, shrubs, athletic areas, roads, walks and irrigation systems.

• Formulate, mix and apply pesticides in accordance with regulatory requirements.
• Must remain current in the knowledge of appropriate regulatory requirements pertaining to restricted pesticide application.
• Mow lawns and operate power equipment as required on campus.

• Complete assigned project work.
• Drive college equipment and vehicles as assigned.
• Responsible for cleaning equipment/vehicles, inspecting for damage and performing visual check prior to using. Reporting any issues to the supervisor immediately.
• Operate snow plow equipment and hand operated snow blower equipment during the winter months as assigned.

• Perform general labor, truck driving and other related duties as assigned.

Other Functions

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

• Must possess valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B or obtain within 6 months of hire.
• Must have a valid driver’s license. Must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements and obtain DOT certificate. Upon award of this position, a Division of Motor Vehicles background check will be completed.
• Must be able to safely lift and carry up to fifty pounds regularly and up to ninety pounds occasionally. Must be able to bend, walk, stand, climb stairs and ladders and safely operate loaded hand trucks and dollies.
• Must possess a current Massachusetts Pesticide Commercial Certification (category 37).
• Must possess hoisting license or obtain within 6 months of hire.
• Must demonstrate proficiency in accessing the internet, using the Smith College email, finance, payroll and calendar systems as well as the work order system.
• High school/vocational diploma, GED equivalent or combination of education and experience.
• Must have a minimum of five years related experience in landscape construction/maintenance and turf management. Some formal training in turf management or a related field required.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


• Maintain a high level of customer service with attention to detail, project a positive leadership attitude, effectively solve problems, demonstrate good judgement and work independently.
• Ability to use good judgment to take appropriate, independent action to carry out the primary functions of the job.
• Must possess knowledge of turf maintenance, including sustainable landscape maintenance practices.
• Must have knowledge of OSHA regulations for the safety of the college employees, its users and properties.
• Must demonstrate ability to read and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
• Must possess the ability to carry out oral and written (electronic) instructions.
• Must be able to work independently, in a team environment as well as lead a team.
• Ability to appropriately plan and schedule staff assignments and projects.
• Must have a clear understanding of the union contract and all college policies.
• Must be able to perform all tasks including, but not limited to safely lifting of heavy objects and operation of power equipment related to the job.
• Must be able to kneel, crouch and bend repetitively for extended periods.
• Commitment to maintain high standards of maintenance.
• Must have working knowledge of irrigation installation and repairs.

Additional Information

Work schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

March 4, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade 263 4

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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