Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Thu Jun 10 2021 Job Description:
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Grounds (ADG), the Grounds Superintendent (GS) is responsible for providing a safe and productive environment for all students, faculty and staff. The GS provides the ADG with support and assistance in daily supervision, training and planning and implementation of projects. The GS will supervise and participate in all phases of landscape, hardscape, municipal and athletic maintenance and other duties as assigned. The GS performs work adhering to Facilities Management departmental standards and the best practices, procedures and techniques of the landscaping and groundskeeping professions. The GS performs work from work orders and from direction of the ADG and or their designee.
Schedule, dispatch and coordinate tasks and assignments to Grounds Department staff, including fulltime, part time and student employees.
The GS will perform work as necessary to support operations including:
operate and maintain heavy construction equipment, landscaping equipment, and medium to heavy duty trucks/plows
perform basic landscaping tasks, including mowing, fertilizing, raking, weeding, planting, mulching, trimming and pruning etc.
complete small landscape/hardscape construction projects including, tree/limb removal and paving repairs/installation, irrigation, sod installation
waste removal and litter picking
event/traffic control setups
loading and unloading of trucks
Other duties as assigned including coordinating contractors and vendors, event support and emergency/inclement weather response
High school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by coursework in horticulture operations and practices
One year of experience in the operation of heavy construction equipment and landscaping equipment
Two years' experience in grounds maintenance
Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Massachusetts Driver's License and Massachusetts 1C & 2A Hosting License
Ability to respond as essential personnel including the ability to work occasional weekends, evenings and through University closings.
Massachusetts (MDAR) Pesticide Applicator License and previous supervisory experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of and skill in the safe operation of heavy construction equipment (skid steers, backhoes, loaders, hydraulic boom lifts, forklifts, dump trucks etc.) and landscape equipment (mowers, edgers, chippers, trimmers, chainsaws, shovels, hoes, brooms, blowers, vacuums, hoses, pressure washers, grinders and chemical applicators)
Knowledge of applicable OSHA regulations; ability to read, understand and apply oral and written instructions and labels
Ability to operate tractor mounted equipment
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team or independently
Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods
Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
Ability to work varied shifts and irregular hours during inclement weather (this position is considered essential personnel)
Ability to safely operate grounds keeping equipment and tools
Ability to bend, stoop and twist
Ability to climb ladders and stairs
Ability to lift and carry bags, containers and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds
Ability to perform preventive maintenance on equipment operated
Ability to drive tractors, skid steers, dump trucks, delivery vehicles, vans and heavy equipment
Ability to use respiratory protection equipment
Ability to work safely
Must be able to use web based technology (email, payroll/time reporting) and communicate via 2-way radio and telephone
Must maintain a positive, professional relationship with all members of the Clark Community
This position works under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Grounds and/or their designee. Assignments are received in the form of daily, weekly or seasonal work schedules, daily work orders or oral and written instructions; The GS will plan, assign, approve, instruct, set priorities, schedule and evaluate the work of Groundskeepers, Groundskeepers/Heavy Equipment Operators, Seasonal Groundskeepers and student staff.
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.