Applications are no longer being accepted for this position. For current opportunities, please visit www.carthage.edu/careers
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Join the team of Carthage College groundskeepers and enjoy the great outdoors on our beautiful lakefront campus!
Our team of groundskeepers successfully maintains the College landscaping and grounds, completes minor repairs to grounds equipment, and completes a variety of other tasks to maintain a safe and attractive environment. Grounds personnel must be available for flexible hours, including early morning and/or late night, weekend hours, when snow and ice are in the forecast, and other times as required to meet the goals and the mission of the College. The Senior Groundskeeper is responsible for supervising other grounds staff and student workers in the absence of the Physical Plant Superintendent.
A typical day includes the following duties:
- Implementation of the snow removal program and performs duties of snow removal, with machines and with physical labor on campus, as needed. This also can include sanding and/or applying deicing chemicals to the roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks
- Performing emergency and callback work to assist in solving facilities maintenance problems
- Management of the litter and trash removal program; removes trash from the campus landscape
- Maintains overall health and beauty of the campus, including: chemical applications, weed removal, fertilization, watering, warping young trees, pruning, and removal of trees and shrubs. (This work may be performed by staff or contractors.)
- Maintains applicable grounds equipment, including: lubricating, cleaning, and sharpening blades, tuneups, adjustment, and preventive maintenance
- Mowing and trimming grass with power mowers and other power tools, weeding flower beds, around shrubs and tree, removal of dead branches, pruning
- Maintains trees by inspecting for damages, pests, and diseases
- Maintains shop and work site in a clean, safe, and orderly manner
- Compliance with safety rules and models appropriate safety procedures; promptly reports hazards or infractions to the supervisor; attends scheduled safety meetings; utilizes equipment and vehicles in a safe manner in compliance with manufacturer recommendations.
- Performs pest control management practices; installs and regularly inspects trapping devices, applies chemicals, baits, traps, and other pest control devices, including restricting chemicals in a safe, effective, and appropriate manner
- Promptly reports any needed maintenance repairs beyond the responsibility of the position to the Physical Plant Superintendent
- Performs scheduled maintenance activities to include, but not limited to, the support of special events, projects, conferences, planned utility outages, and activities sponsored by individuals or groups leasing parts of the campus. Work hours may vary to support these events.
Experience and skills requirements
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent GED
- Minimum five years of experience in the care and maintenance of similar landscape facilities required
- Ability to work within the overall organization of the physical plant, work collaboratively with skilled and unskilled personnel, and represent the College favorably to the public
- Must be able to follow oral and written instructions and demonstrate ability to express ideas effectively and concisely
- Must demonstrate compliance with all required safety policies and procedures
- Must be willing to seek training to enhance or learn new skills
- Must be accessible and available in the event of emergencies or when needed to meet the ongoing mission of the College
- Must possess and maintain a valid Wisconsin driver’s license
- Must have or obtain within six months any licensing required to perform the job
- Must demonstrate ability to safely work with mild chemicals common to trade in a manner that protects oneself, others in the work area, and the environment
- Must be experienced in all phases of grounds maintenance, including: knowledge of plants and turf grasses and their care; operation of power tools and equipment related to grounds maintenance; fertilizing, renovation, and aerification; insect and disease control in lawn and plants
Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability or status as an individual with a disability.