Supervisor of Landscape and Grounds

Amherst, MA
Aug 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full-time, year round position, job group and level SM-2

The Supervisor of Landscape and Grounds supports the efforts of the Landscape and Grounds Department to ensure proper maintenance of all horticultural aspects on the campus are carried out, supervises an Assistant Supervisor and directs a team responsible for the maintenance, repair, and improvements of the grounds, athletic fields, and grounds structures. The Supervisor oversees the maintenance and repairs to college vehicles and equipment as well as supervise and coordinate all aspects of the campus recycling program and participates in performing general labor duties as needed.

Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

The position is designated as providing essential services and may be required to report to work, or remain on duty even though the College is closed. Our work is central to student life and their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule is required. Due to the nature of the position, some work outside normal operation hours is required and must respond to emergencies as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervise the Landscape and Grounds staff including oversee hiring
  • Oversee outside contractors
  • Train staff on regulatory guidelines and safety procedures working closely with Environmental Health and Safety Monitor work progress and process by developing work schedules and assignments ensuring standards is met

  • Oversee upkeep to campus grounds including all roads, plantings, walks, parking lots, and athletic fields and irrigation systems including vehicle and equipment maintenance, and trash and recycling collection
  • Plan and organize snow and ice removal
  • Draft and manage budget

Landscape and Grounds
  • Assist with capital construction projects in the design phase, providing feedback
  • Assist Special Services with large moves and special events
  • Staffing shortages may require participation in performing general landscape and grounds tasks

  • Manage all grounds material including maintain inventory
  • Process invoices
  • Administer and approve work orders, contracts, and oversee farm land rental agreement
  • Work with town officials with paving, and landscape projects that boarder town property


  • Associate's degree in Landscape / Turf Management or related field, or in lieu of degree 10 years of related experience
  • 7-9 years of related experience including supervision of staff
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Valid CDL \u2018B' ( and valid DOT Medical Card ) and Hoisting Licenses, or acquired within the first six months of employment in the position
  • Successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles
  • Successful completion of CORI check
  • Demonstrated leadership, project management, problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of botany, horticulture and arboriculture
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and time-management skills including the ability to plan, organize and multi-task when priorities change frequently
  • General knowledge of accounting and budgeting practices
  • Experienced in the operation of motorized vehicles including trucks, tractors, chainsaws, general landscaping tools, etc.
  • Ability to work with garden design drawings
  • Knowledge and experience in recycling, composting and water conservation
  • Proficiency and ability to develop management tools for grounds

  • Bachelor degree in Landscape / Turf Management
  • 10 plus years of experience in overseeing large institutional, corporate or golf setting

DOT Requirements for CDL (operation of a vehicle in excess of 26,000 pounds)
  • Completion of CDL Driver Application
  • Able to read and speak English
  • Employment verification for preceding 3 years
  • State driving record
  • Driver History Check for preceding 3 years
  • Complete a road test
  • 21 years or older
  • DOT physical certifying the operation of vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds
  • Drug and alcohol test

Interestedcandidates should complete the online application. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!


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