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St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

Job Details



POSITION TITLE: Groundskeeper

DEPARTMENT: Facilities

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Facilities for Grounds


FTE: 1.0

Salary: $21.11 / hr ($43,908 annual)


1. General facilities care and management
  • Mow and trim
  • Inspect artificial and natural turf for deficiencies
  • Grade, repair, and infill natural turf grass areas
  • Groom and infill management of artificial turf
  • Aerate and seed
  • Inspect running track surfaces for deficiencies
  • Apply field markings for venues
  • Operate and manage in-ground and portable irrigation systems
  • Operate commercial grounds equipment, including loaders, traction units, and wide area mowers
  • Maintain cross-country ski course and running trails

2. Snow and ice control
  • Remove snow and ice with a variety of equipment, including truck-mounted plows, traction units and loaders, rotary brooms, and snow throwers
  • Remove snow and ice manually
  • Utilize liquid and dry ice control materials using equipment-mounted spreaders and spray applicators and manually
  • Execute tasks maintained continuously throughout snow and ice events

3. Woody and herbaceous plant care - 15% of the time
  • Install and care for herbaceous perennial and annual landscape plants, trees, and shrubs
  • Install seasonal landscape plants and decorations
  • Irrigate as necessary

4. Hardscape care - 10% of the time
  • Maintain roads, stairs, walks, and parking lots, including minor patching and signage
  • Install and maintain a variety of paver systems and retaining walls

5. Miscellaneous grounds/facilities tasks - 10% of time
  • Basic equipment care and maintenance
  • Pick up trash and debris throughout campus
  • Operate loader tractors, forklifts, and motor vehicles in support of College operations
  • Pick-up and delivery of college property throughout campus, including but not limited to music equipment, furniture, laboratory equipment, office supplies and furnishings, facilities maintenance equipment, and products
  • Set up and take down for major college events, including Graduation, Alumni Weekend, Opening Week events, Christmas and other events
  • Coordinate with others on equipment use and projects

6. General office responsibilities - 5% of the time
  • Support, respect, and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community
  • Attend meetings
  • Use the online work order system
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Term: Year-round

Shift: 40 hours per week, to be worked between Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; occasional weekends, holidays, and evenings particularly for snow and ice removal


Education: High School Diploma or equivalent; maintain a valid driver's license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria; possession of or the ability to obtain a DOT Health Card

Experience: 1+ years of groundskeeping experience or related work


Education: Post-secondary training in horticulture, landscape technology, turf, or golf course services; certifications in related field, i.e., MNLA certification, Certified Arborist, MPCA Smart Salt Applicator, MPCA Herbicide Applicator

Experience: 3+ years (year-round) grounds care experience at a residential college, government campus or park, large commercial business campus, or equivalent facility.


Employment in this position is conditioned upon successful completion of a background check, which may include criminal background checks, reference checks, verification of work history, verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, a motor vehicle check, verification of DOT certification, a credit check, employment eligibility verification, and/or a pre-employment physical. Whether a background check is deemed successfully completed will be at the sole discretion of St. Olaf College. Please note that St. Olaf College reserves the right to conduct periodic background checks at its sole discretion.


This job description is for general information purposes. It is not intended to list all duties and responsibilities of the position. This job description is subject to change at any time by St. Olaf College, with or without prior notice.

About Us

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff:

A link to our DEI page:

A virtual campus tour:

An overview of Northfield:

An overview of the Twin Cities:

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

For Staff Application Assistance:

For Faculty Application Assistance:

Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

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St. Olaf College

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

A St. Olaf education embraces the entire undergraduate experience. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in residence halls, rehearsal rooms, practice fields, worship services, student employment, and community organizations. These diverse learning opportunities work together to help students achieve a comprehensive set of college-wide learning goals.

At St. Olaf College we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and globally engaged community. We believe in fostering different identities, beliefs, and traditions because our differences make us stronger. St. Olaf strives to promote cultural diversity and multicultural understanding and create a campus where individuals of all backgrounds feel accepted and supported. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the enrichment of our diverse community.

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