Summary: Position involved in performing all aspects of seasonal grounds operations such as trash pickup, mowing, trimming, edging, planting and snow and ice control. In addition, the incumbent will plant and maintain landscaped areas. The position is also responsible for providing maintenance of trees and other plants. Minimum Qualifications Required: Education required to ensure success in this position: • High School Diploma
Experience required to ensure success in this position: • Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience in landscape maintenance/care
Special skills, knowledge and abilities: • Knowledge of grounds and landscaping trades and materials • Ability to apply weed and pest control using environmentally sensitive methods • Ability to follow direction of others in the maintenance of campus landscaping • Ability to safely operate all types of grounds and landscaping equipment
License, certification, or registration necessary: • Valid Driver’s License
Physical requirements: • Physical capability for manual labor • Ability to lift 50 pounds • Ability to work in extreme conditions
Environmental conditions: • Working outside in weather extremes- sun and heat, rain, snow, cold temperatures; • Working around hazardous equipment- lifts, tractors, front loaders, chain saws, mowers, etc.; • Working in dangerous conditions- storms, trees, etc.; • Working in garage- loud, dusty, greasy conditions.
Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment: • Cars, trucks, fork lift, front loader, tractor, mowers, trimmers, chain saw, aerial lift, power tools, hydraulic lift (garage)
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 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. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Performs all aspects of grounds maintenance including; mowing, trimming, edging, weed control and removal, seeding, fertilizing, grounds clean-up including leaf removal, and snow and ice control operations. • Maintains trees and other plants in a healthy condition and assists with the oversight of both in-house and contract maintenance of trees and other plants. • Installs and maintains landscaped areas and provides guidance and direction to other grounds personnel involved in landscaping operations. • In support of Berea College’s great commitments this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome. To learn more about the student labor program and requirements on this position see: Labor Program Goals
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.