Landscape designer / Groundskeeper

Richmond, IN
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Title: Landscape designer / Groundskeeper

Office/Department: Facilities - Under the direct supervision of the Supervisor of Grounds

Status: Full Time - 40 hrs/wk for 52 wks/yr

Classification Level: Facilities Level F4 -Starting Rate of $13.78 per hour with an increase to $13.93 per hour after completion of 90-day probationary period.

General Responsibilities include:
  • Develop landscape designs and plans with a strong focus on low-maintenance and environmentally sustainable best practices suitable for this region.
  • Coordinate campus flower program.
  • Train and supervise seasonal assistants and students.
  • Partner with other departments to prepare grounds for major campus events - commencement, homecoming, new student orientation, etc.
  • Procurement of supplies, tools, shrubs, chemicals and all landscaping needs.
  • Maintain landscaping for the residence of the President.
  • Oversee fall tree planting and maintain campus tree map.
  • Provide design review comments and participate in project meetings for landscape and site designs with architects as part of major capital construction projects.
  • Install and maintain approved landscape designs.
  • Perform proper landscape maintenance including shrub removal and/or replacement (planting, trimming, pruning, weeding, fertilization, watering).
  • Assist in the maintenance of, all roads on and around Earlham properties as directed.
  • Assist with snow plowing, shoveling, and salting of all parking lots and sidewalks as directed.
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time

Minimum Requirements:
  • Associate's degree in landscape architecture, horticulture or related 'green' field
  • At least five (5) years prior landscaping employment experience, including equipment operation
  • Demonstrated interest in caring for trees, shrubs and flowers with expertise in sustainable landscape design (including hardscape) in an academic campus or equivalent setting required
  • Ability to work long hours when emergencies arise and deadlines must be met
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects, working alone or as part of a team
  • Effective personal computer skills, including email, Photo Shop, AutoCAD, Excel, Word, and computerized work management software (TMA)
  • Must maintain a valid U.S. state-issued driver's license at all times
  • Meet all requirements for operating college-owned vehicles and equipment, at all times

Preferred Requirements
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture, horticulture or related 'green' field.
  • Certified Grounds Technician or Certified Grounds Manager through the Professional Grounds Management Society.

Employment is contingent upon acceptable background checks (criminal and sex offender).

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


POSITION Landscape designer / Groundskeeper



ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham emphasizes the pursuit of truth, lack of coercion, respect for others, openness to new truth, integrity and application of what is known to improving our world.

Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion are located in Richmond, Indiana, a city of about 39,000. Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham College is an independent, four-year, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning. Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students attend Earlham College on its 800-acre tree-shaded campus. Earlham College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, as well as permitting self-designed studies and a cooperative program in engineering. Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees also are offered at Earlham College.

EOE STATEMENT Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

This position is currently accepting applications.


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