A Groundskeeper is a position in the facilities department providing high quality and effective work that provides quality grounds services to the academic, research, and administrative units on the Columbia University-Manhattanville Campus (CUMVC).
This employee ensures well maintained, clean campus grounds, installs new landscape designs, plants, and remove snow and ice.
Employee must maintain radio contact for snow emergency notification and must be available for snow removal on a seven day a week, twenty-four-hour basis.
Independently or under limited / minimal supervision and/or direction, operate, inspect/round, maintain the grounds, vehicles and equipment in good workmanlike manner while maintaining a high level of safety, reliability, responsible and cost effectiveness.
High School Diploma and/or its equivalent required
Must demonstrate minimum professional proficiency in the English Language
Minimum of 1 years grounds worker, landscaping and or gardening experience
Must be able to work all shifts.
Must be a quick learner and exhibit self-motivational skills.
Strong team mentality (ability to work with others).
Well refined interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, customers, clients, students, vendors, and management.
Read and interpret Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information.
Understanding of general research and laboratory rules and restrictions.
Properly utilize lock out-tag out equipment specific to grounds trade.
Properly and safely operate all equipment utilized by Grounds department.
Experience driving manual shift-type of equipment such as tractors
Hold licenses/certifications as required by local, State and Federal regulations
Hold and maintain an active Motor Vehicle Class D License
Training on the following:
Use of portable fire extinguisher.
Hazardous waste awareness.
Confined space entry procedures
Personal Protective Equipment
Infection Control procedures
Interim Life Safety Measures
Safe equipment handling
Must demonstrate knowledge of all CUMVC's safety policies and procedures
Must demonstrate applicable institutional knowledge and practices of the facility and its operations
Must demonstrate applicable institutional knowledge and practices of the facility and its operations via verbal and/or written analysis
Physical Requirements & Environmental Conditions:
The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not mean to be all inclusive.
Use strength to lift and transport items needed to perform the functions of the job, with the ability to lift 50 pounds independently and support team lift with reasonable accommodations.
Walk, stand, bend, kneel, crouch, and squat for prolonged periods of time and/or repeatedly over a required period of time.
Reach with and work with hands and arms overhead
Exposure to variable and unfavorable climate and weather conditions. Employee will be required to practice the use of proper PPE when exposed to the conditions above, which may include the use of N-95 type respirator
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 516444
About Columbia University
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