Responsible for some administrative work of Grounds Department, as well as physical care of University grounds. Provides organization, effective communication, recordkeeping, and landscaping; is a team leader.
- Strong ability to create good will with staff, faculty, and students; servant attitude.
- Strength and endurance to perform the physical aspects of the job; ability to lead and inspire people.
- Desires professional growth; articulate.
- Commitment to the Articles of Faith, Mission, and Objectives of the University; and desires to be a role model for students by demonstrating an active Christian faith in personal example and in work related responsibilities.
- Sets objectives and accomplishes them without need for frequent follow-up.
- Supervises and trains summer, break, part-time and work-study staffs. Transports crew members and equipment to activity sites.
- Keeps records regarding day plans, time logs, equipment maintenance, invoices for payment, and inventory control.
- Maintains tools and keeps materials and tools ready for use. Recommends new equipment.
- Assumes leadership of department in absence of Director of Facilities.
- Oversees the mowing, edging, fertilizing, testing of soil, watering, spraying, raking, picking up of trash from, and weeding of lawn areas.
- Oversees the spraying, pruning, mulching, fertilizing, watering, and raking of plant beds and shrubs. Oversees the planting of annuals.
- Oversees the planting, watering, fertilizing, and performing surgery on campus trees.
- Maintains all athletic fields and courts.
- Installs and maintains campus irrigation systems.
- Performs miscellaneous tasks as assigned dealing with exterior appearance of University.
- Follows a written work schedule and is flexible to hours or days that may vary for summer schedules, breaks in academic schedule, and holidays. Special events may also require alternate work schedules and some overtime will be required.
- Will be on call and expected to come in on snow days to clear sidewalks, parking lots, etc. for University.
- Guides, trains, and gives technical assistance to full-time/part-time employees, student labor, and temporary labor engaged in daily Grounds Maintenance tasks and special horticultural projects; inspects completed assignments to ensure satisfactory work quality operating procedures, efficiency, progress, methods and practices, safety, and other established standards and requirements are met and maintained.
- Supervise the snow removal program and perform duties of snow removal, with machines and/or physical labor including the application of deicing chemicals/sanding to sidewalks and roadways.
- Supervise the recycle, litter, and trash removal program.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Maintain the health and beauty of trees and shrubs with the ability to evaluate the process from a horticultural and/or arborist’s perspective. This shall include, but not be limited to, chemical applications, weed removal, fertilization, watering, pruning and removal of diseased or dying trees and shrubs.
- Maintain the health and beauty of turf, to include athletic fields, from the perspective of the need for a functional, low maintenance, manicured turf. Identify problems in the turf and correct through the application of fertilizer, surfactant, herbicides or pesticides.
- Maintains all herbicide/insecticide/fungicide records per EPA regulations.
- Initiates the purchase of supplies, tools and equipment in accordance with established purchasing procedures. Plans, develops and manages efficient, economical preventative maintenance of tools and equipment assigned to this division, including schedules and activities ensuring prolonged life, usefulness and safety of equipment minimizing breakdowns, failures, and hazards.
Essential Skills and Experience
- Five or more years working directly in related field, including two or more years supervising six or more employees.
- High school graduate. Some college level horticultural courses preferred.
Reporting to this position
- Groundskeepers, Work-study staff.
Physical demands and work environment
- Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; stand; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
Information describing the university is available on-line.
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Office of Human Resources
John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761