Promote a high standard of quality for the University's landscape, including maintaining a manicured aesthetic, completing general beautification projects, and being a responsible steward of the University's landscape assets.
Monitor and maintain health of plant material and troubleshoot problematic landscape areas.
Edge, mulch, and remove weeds, litter, and debris from tree rings and landscape beds.
Plant and/or transplant plant material and edge and mulch landscape beds.
Trim, prune, brush cut, and/or remove plant material as needed.
Water plant material during periods of drought or initial establishment.
Select, order, and pick-up/deliver plant material to incorporate into campus landscape beds.
Train and delegate tasks to grounds crew and interns for larger landscape projects.
Provide input on capital projects & collaborate on new landscape initiatives.
Perform other duties in support of general Grounds tasks during down periods and inclement weather.
Proficient in horticultural best management practices and proper methods/techniques for effective landscape maintenance.
Working knowledge of plant material, including identification, health/cultural requirements, and ability to identify weeds and invasive species.
Operate typical landscape tools and power equipment, including but not limited to pickup trucks, small tractor and landscape equipment with implements, mowers, string trimmers, hand tools, etc.
Basic computer skills, including Gmail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the ability to use computer programs to complete work order entries, procure materials, generate estimates, etc.
Proactive, high attention to detail, and takes ownership of garden and landscape beds.
Ability to problem-solve and prioritize landscape maintenance tasks.
Strong customer service, communication, and collaboration skills.
Ability to work independently or as a team, and adaptability to support general Grounds tasks.
Maintain a respectful and professional attitude at all times, and embrace a work setting with a diverse campus population of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Ability to attain certifications that advance knowledge in the field of horticulture.
Ability to work overtime as required, including evenings, nights, and weekend hours to assist with the support of large campus events.
CDL (Class B) permit
New York State DEC Certified Pesticide Applicator/Technician
Certified Nursery Landscape Professional (CNLP)
ASHA Certified Horticulturalist
ISA Certified Arborist or ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist
Minimum of a two year degree in horticulture, landscape design & management, or similar degree; or the equivalent of 5 years of education and/or experience from which similar skills can be attained is required.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit. Employees in this unit have until March 8th, 2023 to apply for consideration.
The successful candidate will be able to determine if they would like a 9-month position, March – November, with the option of working the additional months to support other roles within the Facilities Department.
Work schedule for the months of March – November will be primarily 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. If electing to work December – February, hours of work will be determined by assigned area.
Works under the direct supervision of the Director of Facilities Operations in coordination with the Landscape Project Manager.
Must be able to perform typical landscape maintenance tasks that require manual labor and/or operation of mechanical equipment.
Must be able to stand or kneel for long periods of time.
Required to lift/carry up 50 pounds, and be able to assist with lifting objects up to 100 pounds.
Required to work in various weather conditions.
NYSDOT physical may be required to operate Grounds vehicles.
Responsible for following all procedures to conduct work activities in a safe manner including but not limited to wearing PPE required for specific duties and safe handling of chemicals as outlined by University policies and/or the supervisor.
Responsible for immediately reporting any unsafe conditions to the supervisor and/or Environmental Health and Safety.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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