Head Grounds Maintenance Duties
This is responsible administrative and managerial work in
directing the maintenance and development of university grounds
An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for
the supervision and coordination of grounds maintenance,
landscape development, and construction activities and the
operation of the campus greenhouse. Work is performed under
general direction of an administrative superior with performance
being measured by total results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Formulates immediate and long range plans.
Plans and directs grounds maintenance programs for the control
of weeds, plant diseases, and damaging insects.
Supervises the procurement of necessary equipment, material, and
Prepares cost estimates for grounds and pavement development
Establishes standard maintenance practices, methods, and
Administers training programs for personnel in the areas of
safety, environmental design, and planting techniques.
Determines work priorities and prepares specifications for
pavement and fencing contracts, chemicals, and plants.
Supervises the operation of a greenhouse engaged in the
production of flowering plants for the campus.
Inspects work performed to insure proper standards and
techniques are adhered to in planting, plant maintenance,
pavement construction, and routine grounds maintenance work.
Supervises site preparation for buildings and projects on campus
and the installation of storm sewer and surface water drainage
systems in parking lots, streets, lawns, and building sites.
Supervises construction and maintenance of parking lots,
sidewalks, malls, retaining walls, service drives, university
streets, signs, lawn furniture, and bulletin boards.
Develops rules and regulations governing the operation of the
grounds maintenance program and prepares budget and personnel
Performs related duties as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
degree in landscape architecture preferred with alternate in an
appropriate curriculum; thorough (5 or more years) experience in
design and construction; or any equivalent combination of
training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the principles of the principles of
grounds maintenance, earth movement and placing, and paving and
general concrete construction.
Thorough knowledge of the principles of landscape design.
Thorough knowledge of plant propagation and cultivation.
Thorough knowledge of the chemicals and techniques utilized in
plant disease and pest control.
Considerable knowledge of environmental design.
Knowledge of the principles of organization and management.
Ability to supervise the work of others.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with contractors, university officials, and the