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Groundskeeper (Includes $500 Sign-On Bonus!)




Category

Hourly Staff

Job Location

1701 E. Front Street Traverse City, Michigan

Tracking Code

1557-443

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

Job Description

Position Title:    Groundskeeper

Anticipated Starting Date:   April 2022

Posted: June 16, 2022

Externally Posted: June 23, 2022

Starting Salary:  $17.44 

Plus an additional $500 Sign-On Bonus ($250 paid at time of hire. $250 after 180 days.)

Benefits: Excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, personal and sick paid time off. For more details about benefits, go to https://www.nmc.edu/hr/ 

 

JOB SUMMARY

Performs daily and routine operations in the maintenance and upkeep of the Campus athletic fields, buildings and grounds as assigned by the Director of Facilities or designee. Operates and maintains all related equipment as assigned. Informs the Director of Facilities or designee on the immediate condition of all assigned areas and maintains good relations with the public and staff. Must have the ability to work well on his/her own; ability to be trustworthy and maintain confidentiality; ability to read and follow written and oral directions and to plan and work well independently or in a large group. Must be able to operate equipment while maintaining a safe environment for the public, students and staff.

 

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATES and LICENSES

Required: 

  • High School diploma or GED 
  • Must possess a valid Michigan driver’s license with no restrictions 
  • Minimum of 1 year work experience or training in one of the following: landscaping, lawn care, excavation, snow removal, material handling equipment or other related operations 
  • Working knowledge of heavy, medium and light equipment with the ability to operate equipment while maintaining a safe environment for the public, students and staff 
  • Must be able to obtain forklift and bucket lift certification 
  • Must pass a D.O.T. physical

Preferred:

  • Athletic field maintenance, parking lot and road maintenance, snow removal 
  • Knowledge of turf care, trees, shrubs and ground cover

 

FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: Essential for all NMC employees

  • Ethical behavior and integrity
  • Commitment to quality service, responsible stewardship, continuous improvement
  • Agility/adaptability/tolerance for ambiguity
  • Accountability/personal responsibility
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Create/Contribute to a culture of innovation and thoughtful risk-taking
  • Collaboration/Team work
  • Value all people

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

May give direction and training to grounds student employees as assigned.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following duties. Other duties may be assigned.

 

Grounds Maintenance

  • Performs lawn mowing, trimming and flower bed

  • Performs tree, shrub and ground cover processes to include watering, pruning, shrub bed maintenance, planting and supporting trees, flower selection and planting and tree and shrub

  • Performs athletic field care processes to include, mowing, aeration, watering, general repair, turf grass identification, soil analysis and lining requirements for interscholastic and inter-mural athletic

  • Performs turf care processes to include, mowing, aeration, watering, general repair, turf grass identification and soil

  • Uses hand and power tools related to the maintenance and upkeep of lawn care, excavation, snow removal and material handling Operates light, medium and heavy duty equipment related to lawn care, excavation, snow removal and material handling. Specifically able to operate: hedge trimmer, leaf blower, push mower, riding zero turn mower, weed whacker, edge trimmer and chain saw properly and safely.

  • Maintain trees with the use of a chainsaw both on the ground and in a 40 foot

 

Snow Removal

  • Provides snow blowing, plowing, removal, shoveling, sanding and salting processes for all parking lots, roads, sidewalks and building access ways to maintain a safe environment during the snow removal

  • Operation of the following equipment: large tractor with front snow blower and back blade, skid steer with push bucket, lift bucket and sweeper

  • Properly use pick-up truck, dump truck with salt spreader and front snow plow

 

Equipment Repair

  • Performs major repairs to include overhauls and replacement of gasoline and diesel engines, hydraulic and electrical systems related to lawn care, excavation, snow removal, and material handling

  • Performs minor repairs to include replacement and tune-ups on gasoline and diesel engines, hydraulic and electrical systems and drive trains related to lawn care, excavation, snow removal, and material handling

  • Performs preventative maintenance to include adjustments, calibration, lubrication and operational checks on gasoline and diesel engines, hydraulic and electrical systems and drive trains related to lawn care, excavation, snow removal, and material handling

  • Performs welding, fabrication, cutting, brazing and grinding related to the maintenance and upkeep of lawn care, excavation, snow removal, and material handling

 

Other Duties

  • Performs material handling processes to include loading and hauling of materials and supplies, pick up and delivery of books, furniture, etc., assembly of furniture, arrangement and set up for athletic events, clubs, special events and departmental

  • Assists in the Campus-wide Recycling

  • Load and tow a double axle trailer loaded with a large tractor or skid steer

  • Safely use ladders of all

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and landscape layouts/blueprints. Must have the ability to write routine reports and the ability to speak effectively to customers or employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. The ability to define and solve practical problems.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and smell. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance on ladders and scaffolding, cherry picker lift and work in confined spaces. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 60 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

In driving/operating trucks, front end loader, mowers and related grounds equipment; employee is required to distinguish and recognize warning decals/labels, indicator lights; and to make repairs to grounds-related equipment. Groundskeepers must wear all personal protection equipment as required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, outside weather conditions, and vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, extreme cold, and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; bees, snakes, poison plants such as poison ivy, oak and sumac and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. Must work with and operate equipment that by their nature generate moderate to very loud noise and/or vibrations such as, but not limited to, power mowers, blowers, tractors, weed whips, power vacuums, trucks and compressors.

Non-Discrimination Policy Notice

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities and admissions.  nmc.edu/nondiscrimination

Michigan Law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring accommodation for employment must notify the employer in writing within 182 days after the need is known.

WORK HOURS:

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position. 

Summer hours effective 4/18/2022: M-F 0730 AM-430 PM.
 
Winter schedules are based on seniority.

 

TO APPLY:

Internal applications submitted by June 23, 2022 will receive first consideration. External applications will be due by June 30, 2022. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.nmc.edu/jobs

For assistance call 231-995-2612 or email hr@nmc.edu .

This position is located at 1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.



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