Groundskeeper Services Supervisor, Facilities Management and Planning

UNK   Kearney, NE   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on November 12, 2021
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The University of Nebraska at Kearney Facilities Management and Planning is seeking a Groundskeeper Services Supervisor.

Brief Summary of Job Description

Under the direction of the Building and Grounds Services Manager, the Grounds Supervisor is responsible for the cleanliness, appearance, and working environment of campus grounds. This position provides direct supervision of grounds staff, which includes hiring, training, evaluation, and retention issues.

Job Duties

Provide leadership to subordinates in planning, establishing, and maintaining the highest achievable grounds programs commensurate with the resources made available. Supervise grounds staff and manage grounds resources. Human Resources: Responsible for hiring, training, retaining staff, motivating subordinates; delegation of duties; effective use of human resources, EEO, and AA. Fiscal management: operate within authorized budget; evaluate fiscal needs, establishing priority spending, creating effective cost controls; generally managing the fiscal resources in a prudent manner. Plans, develops, prioritizes, and manages efficient, and economical grounds maintenance tasks in accord with the seasonal calendar, the University calendar, and with current weather conditions to assure that ascertained levels of appearance, plant health, cleanliness, and public safety are attained on a daily basis. Survey sites and assist in actual project layout. Provide specific plant care, shrubs, and trees, to include arbor work and soil improvement. Mow grass areas. Maintain flower beds. Propagate plants. Trim tree branches. Monitor details of a project area and complete work assignments on projects. Operate heavy and light landscape equipment. Remove snow and ice. Apply sand, salt, and ice melt. Other duties as assigned.

Coordinates training and quality assurance needs with others in Facilities Management and Planning. Oversee and provide initial orientation and ongoing training on departmental operations, policies, plant care, basic irrigation practices, etc. Assign, inspect and evaluate work, providing regular feedback with coaching and praise. Communicate and enforce policies, practices, and standards. Monitor and enforce attendance. Provide day-to-day communications with both formal and informal feedback and coaching on an ongoing basis. Sign and approve work group time entry. Guides, trains, and gives technical assistance to employees engaged in daily grounds maintenance tasks and projects, and inspects completed assignments to ensure that satisfactory work quality operating procedures, efficiency, progress, methods and practices, safety, and other established standards and requirements are satisfactorily met and maintained. Establishes and maintains direct personal contact with a wide spectrum of University community members affected and/or concerned with the quality, safety, and appearance of the exterior campus or other property. Consults with these clients with regard to concerns about maintenance frequencies, standards, appearance, disturbance, etc. Coordinates, plans, and develops grounds related work activities and projects with other campus departments and services. Maintain knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances involving chemical usage, tree care, and safety requirements. Make personnel recommendations within the grounds crew including staffing levels, hiring, and development of priorities and standards for work group and work area. Provide annual evaluations of grounds staff. Establishes and maintains a system of records to include a correspondence file, a project file, a technical update file, equipment history, and preventive maintenance file, and a personnel file to include attendance and training history. Participates in establishing and maintaining a task-related grounds maintenance inventory and maintains appropriate records. Participates in the Department computerized work management system, and utilizes pertinent management reports to schedule, evaluate and improve plant health, general landscape appearance, and work performance.

Required Qualifications

High School Graduate or GED. Minimum of five years’ experience in landscape maintenance or commercial landscape and two years’ supervisory experience. Valid Nebraska driver’s license (within 6 months of hire). Working knowledge of equipment and job functions of a landscaping and grounds operation. Good oral, writing, and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with maintenance management software and five year’s supervisory experience preferred. Two years working knowledge with Toro Irrigation Systems

Physical Demands

heavy lifting up to 50 pounds

Schedule Monday-Friday, 6 am-3 pm, 40 hours
Desired Start Date 12/13/2021
Is this position temporary? No

Special Instructions to Applicant
The successful candidate must complete, prior to the start of employment, post-offer employment testing to ensure they can complete the physical demands of the job and a background investigation.

Direct questions about the position to Richard Wardyn, 308-440- 2569, Direct questions about the online application process to: 308-865-8516 or

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/ Disabled.