Turfgrass Technician - Grounds 00495

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA

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Working Title:

Turfgrass Technician - Grounds 00495

Role Title:

Trades Technician III

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Non Exempt

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Full Time

Type of Posting:

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 programs, and ensure all paver areas are well maintained to the highest standards. Ensure that these primary duties will emphasize aesthetic appearance and value, be environmentally responsible, and economically feasible.

Purpose of the Position:

This position will work independently to help implement and perform turfgrass maintenance tasks. The position is responsible for applying fertilizers and pesticides to lawn areas throughout the university. This position will participate in and lead seeding, sodding, and aerification of lawn areas and work on special projects as directed to facilitate grounds department needs.

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


Extensive knowledge of lawn care and horticultural products

Extensive knowledge of the safe, timely, and accurate application of pesticides, fertilizers, seeding and sodding requirements

Ability to read and understand pesticide and fertilizer product labels

Extension knowledge of various landscape and grounds maintenance tools and equipment

Knowledge of turf and landscape irrigation requirements

Must be motivated and have the ability to work independently and efficiently with little 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 Registered Technician.

Experience Required: Extensive experience with chemical and fertilizer applications related to turfgrass and ornamentals. Extensive experience in operation of all types of grounds maintenance equipment.

Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification Preferred :

Education Preferred: VDACS Certified 3B Pesticide Applicator. Certified Fertilizer Applicator. College degree in Turfgrass Management, Horticulture, or related field.

Experience Preferred: Experience as a Senior or Lead Groundskeeper and/or Foreman. Experience as a Technician at a university or resort. Experience with conventional and 2-wire irrigation systems: operation, repair, maintenance and installation.

Salary Information:

Starting at $34,700 (commensurate with education and experience)

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Conditions of Employment:

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 3-day New Employee Orientation Program.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Applications received after September 7, 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 jobs.cnu.edu 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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Selected by The Princeton Review for The 386 Best Colleges: 2021 Edition, and highly ranked for its quality of life and innovative leadership, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience — great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first, teaching-first” community, Christopher Newport is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The University is located between Williamsburg and the Virginia beaches in Newport News, and enrolls 5,100 students. Academic programs encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, has generated over 7,300 applications for a freshmen class of 1,155 and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as fourth among public regional universities in the South and seventh among all regional universities in the South. In addition, Christopher Newport is ranked third among all public schools for having “the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit ”http://www.cnu.edu">http://www.cnu.edu.

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Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity. Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:

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