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Assistant Groundskeeper (CDL)

Smith College
Smith College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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Facilities ManagementJob Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S): Under the direction of the grounds working foreman or designee, assist campus and athletic area groundskeeper/s maintain the health, aesthetics and safety of the campus landscape including, but not limited to turf, plant beds, sidewalks, road, irrigation, drainage, trees, shrubs, ivy, lawns, etc.


  • Plant, fertilize, water, weed, trim, groom plant beds, lawns, shrubs, etc.

  • Assist with formulation, mixing and applying pesticides for entire campus in accordance with regulatory requirements.

  • Must remain current in the knowledge of appropriate regulatory requirements pertaining to restricted pesticide application.

  • Must demonstrate ability to assist with identification and recommendations for solutions to turf diseases, pest infestations and other related turf deficiencies using an organic systems approach when feasible.

  • Must possess ability to maintain campus grounds including, but not limited to plant beds, lawns, trees, shrubs, athletic areas, roads, walks, irrigation systems, etc.

  • Mow lawns and operate power equipment as required on campus.

  • Observe OSHA safety regulations and practices at all times and participate in required safety programs.

  • Assist in the construction, maintenance or improvement of underground utilities and site work as related to the grounds department.

  • Complete assigned project work.

  • Drive college equipment and vehicles as assigned.

  • Responsible for cleaning equipment/vehicles, inspecting for damage and performing visual check prior to using. Reporting any issues to the supervisor immediately.

  • Safely operate all departmental motorized vehicles and equipment, including, but not limited to snow removal, hand operated snow blowers, sanding, mowing, trucking, recycling, tractors with and without attachments and other operations requiring the services of college-owned vehicles.

  • Maintain positive public relations with all members of the college community.

  • Provide back-up staffing as necessary.

  • Assist with supervision of summer staff.

  • Must demonstrate knowledge and ability to perform irrigation repairs, install, repair and maintain turf as well as shrub and plant care and maintenance.

  • Perform general labor, truck driving and other related duties as assigned.


  • Must possess valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B or obtain within 6 months of hire.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license. Must complete and comply with all college driving credentialing requirements and obtain DOT certificate. Upon award of this position, a Division of Motor Vehicles background check will be completed.

  • Must be able to safely lift and carry up to fifty pounds regularly and up to ninety pounds occasionally. Must be able to bend, walk, stand, climb stairs and ladders and safely operate loaded hand trucks and dollies.

  • Driver shall not have a history of moving vehicle violations or vehicle traffic accidents.

  • Must possess a current Massachusetts Pesticide Applicators license or obtain within 6 months of hire.

  • Must possess hoisting license or obtain within 6 months of hire.

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in accessing the internet, using the Smith College email, finance, payroll and calendar systems as well as the work order system.


  • High school/vocational diploma, GED equivalent or combination of education and experience.

  • Must have a minimum of three years related experience in landscape construction/maintenance and turf management. Some formal training in turf management or a related field required.


  • Maintain a high level of customer service with attention to detail.

  • Ability to use good judgment to take appropriate, independent action to carry out the primary functions of the job.

  • Must possess knowledge of turf maintenance, including sustainable landscape maintenance practices.

  • Must have knowledge of OSHA regulations for the safety of the college employees, its users and properties.

  • Must demonstrate ability to read and understand Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

  • Must possess the ability to carry out oral and written (electronic) instructions.

  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Must have a clear understanding of the union contract and all college policies.

  • Must be able to perform all tasks including, but not limited to safely lifting of heavy objects and operation of power equipment related to the job.

  • Must be able to kneel, crouch and bend repetitively for extended periods.

  • Commitment to maintain high standards of maintenance.

  • Must demonstrate working knowledge of irrigation installation and repairs.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

June 27, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade 263 10

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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