Position Overview:  Under the direction of the AVP, Campus Planning & Facilities or his/her designee, the primary responsibilities of the Grounds Manager are to assign work and supervise the grounds crew and/or contractors in all aspects of grounds and turf maintenance, snow removal, trash services, related equipment and supplies, be responsible for all phases of grounds maintenance; keeping an attractive and safe campus and assisting the college in the development and implementation of a positive work environment. 

Responsibilities:

  • Plans, directs, manages, and leads the overall operation of the grounds staff within the Facilities Department to maintain a safe and attractive landscape, including assigning, training and evaluating work for grounds areas owned or operated by the College. Assures compliance with applicable health and safety standards.
  • Ensures compliance with applicable rules, laws and policies including those related to stormwater management issued by local municipal commissions.
  • Plans, directs, manages and leads all aspects of snow removal procedures including scheduling staff and tasks, maintaining equipment, performing removal, procuring snow melt/salt for ice, coordinating contractors as needed, etc. 
  • Assesses, develops, implements and evaluates necessary cultural practices for turf and tree care, irrigation, stormwater management and pest management.
  • Assists with budget preparation, requisitioning and purchasing of grounds supplies and equipment; controls and authorizes expenditures in accordance with established limitations and purchasing rules, develops contract specifications and scope of work.
  • Researches and tests new products, materials, and equipment; ensures data entry and tracking related to computerized maintenance management systems, chemical applications, landscape and irrigation documentation, and related grounds activities.
  • Trains and supervises the performance of assigned staff, interviews and recommends potential new employees, reassignments, terminations and disciplinary actions; assures substitute coverage as necessary.
  • Communicates with administrators, personnel and outside organizations to coordinate activities, resolve issues and conflicts and exchange information.
  • Confers with colleagues and others regarding grounds maintenance activities, coordinates and conducts site inspections; recommends actions for improvement as appropriate.
  • Provides technical expertise, information and assistance to the College regarding assigned functions; participates in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs as requested. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Five years managing/supervising a staff of landscape, grounds, and/or snow removal crew.
  • Five years experience with landscape equipment, loading/unloading equipment, snow removal or heavy machinery.
  • Must have valid drivers license
  • Valid commercial driver’s license.
  • Valid hoisting license
  • Valid hydraulics license
  • Ability to read, write and follow directions from a written schedule. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to use different hand tools such as shovels, rakes, lawn rollers, saws, pruners, hoses, hand trowels, tamps, hammers, pliers, spading forks and brooms. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate tractors, bobcats, Kubota’ s brush chippers, rot tillers, water tanker with pumps, hydraulic sprayers, aerators, lawn sweepers, and dump trucks with plows and salt spreaders. 
  • Experience driving manual shift-type equipment such as tractors, fork-lifts, etc.

To Apply:  Please apply online with cover letter and resume.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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