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Groundskeeper, Fields Specialist

Employer
Curry College
Location
Milton, Massachusetts (US)
Salary
Hourly Rate Range: $23.70-$25.00
Date posted
Mar 11, 2024

Job Details

About Curry College:

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution in Milton Massachusetts. In addition to the main campus classes for adult learners are also offered at our campus at Cordage Park in historic Plymouth. Curry College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Curry College offers 25 undergraduate majors, over 70 minors and concentrations, as well as five graduate programs.

The Curry College mission is to educate and graduate students prepared to engage in successful careers and active citizenship with a global perspective. We are an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, committed to continuing our legacy of developing effective communicators with reflective and critical thinking skills. We mentor and empower our students, building meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions.

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students, and our rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities. Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded in all that we do.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff are crucial to the mission statement of Curry College.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sex identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law, including Title IX.


Job Description:

Reporting to the Foreman of Grounds, the Groundskeeper - Fields Specialist is responsible for a wide range of maintenance duties and general repairs, monitoring and providing general up-keep, and ensuring the College facilities are maintained at a high standard, including but not limited to: maintaining all aspects of the Athletics fields, and performs landscape and equipment maintenance along with other campus-wide grounds assignments.

This position requires participation in an on-call rotation schedule. In addition, this position is required to participate in general snow shoveling and removal, salting, sanding, and trash pick-up as directed and as needed.

Primary Functions:

  • Maintaining all athletic fields to specified NCAA regulations and College standards; including but not limited to cutting, edging, over-seeding, watering, aerating, in-field preparation and top dressing;
  • Accurately and effectively read and follow plans, layouts, and written materials;
  • Collaborate with Athletics and other department management to effectively meet the needs of the College;
  • Following athletic event schedules online, perform pre-game preparation, including striping of individual fields;
  • Assist with the coordination and completion of set-ups for athletic field events;
  • Safely operate all landscaping, grounds, and snow removal equipment;
  • Assists in the general maintenance and upkeep of tennis courts and running trail;
  • Prepares requests for supplies, equipment, and material purchases from vendors including quantities and prices.  May purchase as directed;
  • Informs supervisor and/or office staff, in a timely manner, when facilities related supplies, equipment, and material purchases as needed;
  • Perform seasonal landscaping duties and grounds maintenance assignments as directed campus wide.

General Expectations and Duties:

  • It is expected that all work performed is in compliance with any applicable licensure requirements;
  • May be asked to communicate with, and direct the work of subcontractors and vendors;
  • Communicate regularly with management to meet the needs of the department;
  • Under general supervision, work independently within department standard operating procedures, referring all requests to purchase to the Foreman of Grounds;
  • Must adhere to all safety practices and standards;
  • Provides timely response to work orders and assignments;
  • Perform duties independently according to broadly prescribed renovation and maintenance projects;
  • Effectively completes required administrative processes on request and effectively produces required documentation and reports;
  • Works collaboratively with B&G and other College employees;
  • Identifies and reports any items that are in need of repair and/or pose a safety hazard at both interior and exterior of buildings to Foreman, forwarding to B&G office issues that need immediate attention;
  • Responsible for keeping work area clean and safe at all times including company vehicle;
  • Provides responsible and reliable coverage; must occasionally be available for off-hour emergencies;
  • A reasonable amount of overtime may be required as necessary to meet the needs of the department and seasonal needs;
  • May occasionally be required to perform various grounds or trades tasks, including but not limited to moving furniture, assisting in set ups, as directed;
  • Ability to perform moderate equipment maintenance: blades, oil & air filters;
  • Assist with other B&G functions and perform other duties as directed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Occasionally assign and direct the work of other department employees on projects as required. Oversees and provides hands on direction to students and temporary/casual workers as assigned.


Requirements:

Educational Experience:

  • High school diploma, G.E.D or equivalent required
  • Two (2) years of agricultural schooling, landscaping or equivalent education preferred
  • Hoisting License preferred
  • A valid unrestricted Massachusetts driver's license required.

Attributes and Experience Requirements:

  • Requires two (2) years to five (5) years athletic field or landscaping maintenance experience or equivalent.
  • Must have overall working knowledge of general maintenance and repair operations and practices. Must have proven skills in the safe use of hand and power tools used in buildings and grounds maintenance.

Other requirements include:

  • Basic working knowledge on the use of computers.
  • Proven effective communication skills, a high level of professionalism and strong customer service orientation;
  • Must have the ability to complete required daily administrative processes.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated history of being prompt and reliable.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to be flexible in a changing fast paced environment.
  • Proven record of team orientation with demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex environment with constantly changing priorities.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must have overall working knowledge of general maintenance and repair operations and practices. Must have proven skills in the safe use of hand and power tools used in buildings and grounds maintenance. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 75lbs occasionally and 50lbs often.


Additional Information:

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Curry College will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

At the College's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Elizabeth Canning at elizabeth.canning@curry.edu, (617) 979-3516, or King Academic Administration Building, 55 Atherton St, or US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") - Boston Office, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111.


Application Instructions:

Please apply online at https://www.curry.edu/about-us/community-resources/employment/job-opportunities for consideration. Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a resume; and;
  • a list of three professional references, one of which must be a former or current supervisor, including complete contact information and professional titles.

Company

Curry College

Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on a wooded 131-acre campus in Milton, Massachusetts, just seven miles from Boston.

At Curry College, we're all about connecting people with academic and personal opportunity. Everything starts with our active and enthusiastic students and our caring and committed faculty and staff. Add the vision of our namesake founders whose determination and courage established the college in 1879. Together, we help launch our passionate and productive alumni into rewarding futures.

At Curry College, diversity is central to excellence in education, not a separate goal.  We are an inclusive community where embracing differences is essential to creating a safe and welcoming environment for exploration and learning, as well as personal and professional growth. Being a member of the Curry community means that your unique voice is a vital and valued part of all we do.

Curry College is an equal opportunity employer that values and encourages diversity in its work force. 

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