Groundskeeper (2 Positions)

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Job Category:


Position Title:

Groundskeeper (2 Positions)

Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time


Finance and Administration


Facilities - Grounds

Department Statement:

It is the mission of the Facilities Department at Colgate University to create the safest, cleanest, and most comfortable environment that further distinguishes Colgate University as a world-class educational institution. We work hard as part of a unified team, to make everyone who arrives on campus feel welcomed. It is our vision to be an exceptionally run facilities department that is dedicated to exemplary service, environmental stewardship, operational efficiency, teamwork, and fiscal responsibility.

“One team, one mission”


Responsible for deliveries of large items, stage/chair set ups and other related duties for campus events, furniture moves, assisting tradespersons as general laborers, traffic sign maintenance, garage and fleet vehicle cleaning, snow and ice removal (mechanically and manually), and all general tasks related to campus work requests as assigned. Must be willing to accept assignments at any work location, as workload requires.

Perform lawn maintenance including grass cutting, trimming, seeding, fertilization, litter and leaf removal, hedge trimming, brush cutting, limited tree trimming and felling, planting, weed control and general beautification of University property.

Maintain athletic fields for intramural and intercollegiate events, care of hockey rink including ice making and Zamboni operation, pest control and pesticide application, minor maintenance and lubrication of mechanical equipment, operation of garbage and recycling trucks, and other similar kinds of work as required.


Personal Accountability for Results


Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.


Effective Communication


Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.


Problem Solving and Decision Making


Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.


Change Management


Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.


Leadership and Teamwork


Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.


Creativity and Innovation


Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.


Diversity and Inclusion


Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.




Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications:

•Must be capable of working cooperatively with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students on a daily basis.
•Requires the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of constituents.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience in operation of motorized farm-type equipment and some background knowledge of general grounds work and equipment maintenance preferred.
•New York State DEC Pesticide Applicator license highly desirable.


High school degree or equivalent preferred.


•A current valid driver’s license, in accordance with the University’s Driver Safety and Motor Vehicle Use Policy is required.
•The successful candidate will be required to obtain CDL (class B) permit within 45 days from the date of hire and a CDL (class B) license will be required within six months of hire/transfer date. CDL holders are subject to random drug testing and required to pass a physical exam in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Physical Requirements:

•Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
•Required to lift and carry up 50 pounds, while from time-to-time may be required to assist with lifting objects up to 100 pounds.
•Required to work in all type of weather conditions.
•Ability to work overtime is required.
•Position is deemed essential and will be required to report during inclement weather (e.g. snow storms).
•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.

Other Information:

Bargaining unit employees must apply by May 4, 2021 to be considered.

Requisition Number:




Work Schedule:

Weekdays, evenings and occasional weekends based on assigned schedule.

Shift 1
M-F 6AM-2:30PM in the summer months (approx June1-Sept1)
Sun-Thurs 6AM-2:30PM during the academic year (approx-Sept1-June1)

Shift 2
M-F 6AM-2:30PM in the summer months (approx June1-Sept1)
Sun-Thurs 2:30PM-11PM during the academic year (approx-Sept1-June1)

Scheduled hours may change based on the needs of the University.

Job Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

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.

Clery Act:

The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at [email protected]. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:




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Job No:
Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time