Landscape and Grounds Assistant
Description of Job
Reporting directly to the Landscape and Grounds Manager, the Landscape and Ground Assistant is responsible for varied aspects of building maintenance but primarily focus on landscape and grounds duties. This position is designed for a technician who can work both as a team member and independently without direct supervision in order to improve the overall appearance of the campus landscape and grounds and other assigned duties. Strong customer service and communication skills are essential. Successful candidates will have a good work ethic, possess good attitude and initiative with the desire to continually improve process and performance in the Facilities Operations department.
This position is responsible for assisting in the maintenance and improvement of all campus grounds, outdoor recreational facilities, sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, and other related areas. This includes maintenance of grounds on Monroe Street and College-owned properties. Supervision of student labor is a key part of this position.
- Maintain lawns by mowing, string trimming, and blowing off paved surfaces.
- Remove weeds and invasive plants via manual and chemical controls.
- Establish and maintain flowers, gardens, shrubs, trees, turf, and walkways.
- Work directly with student employees, inspect their work, and guide corrective measures to ensure satisfactory performance.
- Maintain general upkeep on machines, tools, and other equipment.
- Winter tasks require snow shoveling, deicing, and operating snow equipment to remove all snow and ice from sidewalks, steps, and entrances.
- Assist with maintenance of trees in compliance with Campus Tree Care Plan.
- Provide aid or assist in routine work to other Facilities staff or student workers at the request of the Landscape and Grounds Manager.
- Report hazards, defects, deterioration and wear and tear of the facilities, equipment, and grounds to the Landscape and Grounds Manager.
- Attend meetings, seminars and workshops as required.
- Ensure the rules and regulations of the College, policies and procedures of the Facilities Operations Department, and all safety regulations are known and observed by staff- especially student workers.
- On-call availability for snow removal, which will include mandatory longer hours and weekends.
Necessary Education or Work Experience
- Minimum of two years of landscaping or commercial mowing experience is preferred.
- Knowledge of preventative maintenance on landscape and grounds equipment.
- Must have a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License. The incumbent must successfully complete and pass a Motor Vehicle Check.
Required Knowledge and Skills
- Identify or readily learn ornamental, native, and invasive plants, shrubs, and trees.
- Operate tools, equipment, and vehicles common to the trade.
- Work safely with mild chemicals common to the trade in a manner which protects oneself, others in the area of the work, and the environment.
- Work out of doors in all types of weather.
- Climb and work from heights, including from ladders or rooftops.
- Ability to lift large heavy, bulky items.
- Utilize computer software such as Outlook, Excel, and Word, with ability to learn other software quickly.
- Communicate, express ideas, and take instructions verbally and in writing.
- Work effectively and respectfully with other members of the department, College, and community.
- Ability to be on call for snow removal before and after typical work shifts and weekends.
- Possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license to drive campus vehicles off-site.
- Understanding of Spanish is a plus.
- Acquire certification from Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection (WI DATCP) for Category 3: Turf and Landscape pesticide application within one year of employment.
Edgewood College, a Catholic college sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence - the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values - truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.
To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:
Human Resources - LGRA
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer