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Turfgrass Supervisor - Grounds 00478

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
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Turfgrass Supervisor - Grounds 00478

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Trades Technician IV

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Full Time

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General Public

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Departmental Objective:

Effectively implement the University president’s vision for a world class campus that attracts, inspires, and bonds people to CNU. We will monitor and maintain all existing and future irrigation systems, implement seasonal lawn care and horticultural programs. Ensure that these primary duties will emphasize aesthetic appearance and value, be environmentally responsible, and economically feasible.

Purpose of the Position:

The Turfgrass Supervisor will assist the Director and Associate Director in the monthly and annual planning and prioritizing of turfgrass requirements; plan and supervise employees daily and weekly tasks related to: pesticide and fertilizer applications to turf grass areas; irrigation system operation and maintenance; aerifying, mowing, trimming, seeding, watering, of turfgrass areas to include all operation of equipment and equipment maintenance for the said tasks.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) and/or Competencies required and preferred:


Considerable knowledge of lawn care and horticultural products to include the safe, timely, and accurate application of pesticides and fertilizers

Considerable knowledge of seeding and sodding requirements

Ability to become a VDACS Certified Pesticide Applicator in Category 3-B within the first year of employment

Ability to read, understand, and implement pesticide and fertilizer product labels

Considerable knowledge of irrigation system operation, minor repairs, troubleshooting, scheduling, winterization and start-up, and inventory of components

Considerable knowledge of turf and landscape irrigation requirements

Considerable knowledge of various landscape and grounds maintenance tools and equipment

Must be motivated and have the ability to work independently and efficiently with minimal supervision

Good writing and verbal skills

Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification Required :

Education Required: High school diploma or equivalent. Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. Must be a VDACS certified registered technician.

Experience Required: Considerable demonstrated and progressive experience with chemical and fertilizer applications. Experience with operation of all types of grounds maintenance equipment to include large equipment such as a backhoe.
Considerable demonstrated and progressive experience of grounds maintenance to include: mowing, trimming, seeding, watering, fertilizing, planting, mulching, pruning, trans-planting, and pest/disease control of turfgrass areas.
Supervisory experience. Experience applying pesticides to turf and ornamentals.

Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification Preferred :

Education Preferred: Associate’s degree or higher in turfgrass, horticulture, or similar field. VDACS pesticide applicator with 3A or 3B endorsement. VDACS certified fertilizer applicator.

Experience Preferred: Previous experience working at a resort or high-end landscape company with experience related to all aspects of grounds maintenance.

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Per the Governor’s order, as a state employee, you would be required to disclose vaccine status. If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide documents confirming this status. The Governor requires that all employees who are unvaccinated, or not yet fully vaccinated to be tested weekly until they are fully vaccinated. This is a condition of employment.

This is a classified position. New and returning classified employees are required to complete a 12-month probationary period; This position includes Commonwealth of Virginia and CNU employee benefits; Selected candidate must attend 2-day New Employee Orientation Program.

Selected candidate must have the ability to become a VDACS Certified Pesticide Applicator in Category 3-B within the first year of employment.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin September 20, 2021. Applications received after September 20, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.
CNU will only accept online applications through the website. Online applications must be received by midnight on the closing date indicated in a job announcement. Faxed, emailed, hand-delivered or mailed applications and attachments will NOT be accepted. Applicants are welcome to complete an online application by using computers located in the Office of Human Resources. Address: CNU North – 301 Hiden Boulevard, Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606. Public computers are also available in nearby libraries and at the Virginia Employment Commission. Address: 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666 (M-F 9am-4:30pm).
Applicants who possess an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only), must attach these forms with their application, in order to receive credit.
Applicant finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check. After accepting employment, individuals are required to complete a USCIS Form I-9 (employment eligibility verification) and present documentation from the USCIS List of Acceptable Documents that establishes both their identity and employment authorization to work in the United States. The provided documents will be verified through the Department of Homeland Security E-Verify website.
CNU, an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), is fully committed to access and opportunity.

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