Dant Crossing

Groundskeeper

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Groundskeeper

Job Summary/Primary Functions:

Dant Crossing is seeking a Groundskeeper to maintain the campus grounds.  As a groundskeeper you will be responsible for maintaining the grounds during all seasons using a variety of tools and equipment.

Major Job Responsibilities/Key Duties:

  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, and removing thatch, and trimming and edging around flower beds, walks, and walls
  • Mows and edge lawns, using power mowers and edgers
  • Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, and trees
  • Plant seeds, vegetables, bulbs, foliage, flowering plants, grass, ground covers, trees, and shrubs, and apply mulch for protection
  • Attach wires from planted trees to support stakes
  • Plan and cultivate lawns and gardens
  • Maintain vegetable garden including harvesting the produce
  • Decorate gardens with stones and plants
  • Follow planned landscaping designs to determine where to lay sod, sow grass, or plant flowers and foliage
  • Haul or spread topsoil, and spread straw over seeded soil to hold soil in place
  • Trims bushes, shrubs, and hedges
  • Trim and pick flowers, and clean flower beds
  • Maintains and repair tools, equipment, and structures such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, and benches, using hand and power tools
  • Water lawns, trees, and plants, using portable sprinkler systems, hoses, or watering cans
  • Use irrigation methods to adjust the amount of water consumption and to prevent waste
  • Maintain irrigation systems, including winterizing the systems and starting them up in spring
  • Completes snow removal tasks such as shoveling sidewalks, steps, and doorways as needed during winter months and spreading salt in those areas
  • Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, and other ground features
  • Picks up and removes trash around campus
  • Empties trash and recycling containers
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Skills/Experience Required:

  • Previous landscaping and gardening experience preferred
  • Previous greens keeping and landscape management preferred
  • Perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials
  • Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things
  • Ability to operate equipment such as mowers, edgers, weed eaters, tractors, bush hogs, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, snowplows, chainsaws, electric clippers, sod cutters, pruning saws, and tillers
  • Ability to use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, shears, pruning saws, saws, hedge and bush trimmers, garden hoe, and axes
  • Ability to use hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete assignments
  • Knowledge of landscaping techniques and processes
  • Exceptional time management skills; ability to be proactive and take initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Excellent customer service – Using every internal/external customer interaction as an opportunity to impress them with a “Wow” factor. Thanking the customer for choosing Dant Crossing
  • Outstanding organization and coordination skills- ability to manage priorities and routine functions effectively and efficiently
  • Empathy- Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  • Teamwork – Ability to flex scope of responsibility and perform other functions as needed, regardless of job description
  • Effective oral communication skills:  ability to talk to others to convey information effectively

Education Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required

Special Working Conditions (e.g., Temperature Extremes, Lifting, Noise, Off-shifts)

  • Prolonged periods walking, standing, bending, stretching, pushing, pulling, climbing ladders, or kneeling
  • Must be physically able to operate hand and power equipment
  • Must be able to work in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
  • Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Extensive periods of sitting, standing, and bending down during shift
  • Must be able to lift at least 75 pounds

Reports to:  Vice President, Operations

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