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Posted: 07/31/2022

Groundskeeper Monday - Friday 7am- 3:30pm


Maintains grounds of college property and support events by performing the following duties:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned within classification.

  1. Comply with health and safety directives to include the use and/or wearing of protective devices
  2. Cuts lawns. Trims and edges around walks, flower beds, and walls
  3. Prunes shrubs and trees to shape and improve growth or remove damaged leaves, branches, or twigs
  4. Sprays lawn, shrubs, and trees with fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides. Rakes and removes leaves and debris
  5. Cleans grounds including pavement, parking lots, building entrance ways/exits, and sports fields
  6. Removes litter, debris and refuse
  7. Removes snow from walks, driveways, entrances, fire hydrants, etc.
  8. Spreads ice-melt on public passage ways to prevent ice buildup
  9. Plants grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs.  Waters lawn, shrubs and flower beds
  10. Assists other trades in the maintenance of fences, gates, walls and walks
  11. Cleans out drainage ditches, culverts, window wells and exterior stairwells
  12. Operates a wide variety of hand tools, power equipment and vehicles
  13. Move furniture, staging and other materials, including setup of items, as assigned
  14. Submits work status, time and material reports
  15. Maintain an interest in learning new ideas
  16. Ability to speak and listen effectively and respectfully with supervisors, customers, and employees of the College.
  17. Maintain an appropriate image and dress
  18. Establish and maintain a high level of customer service

When assigned duties of refuse-recycling driver:

  1. Operates a wide variety of fixed and mobile refuse and recycling hauling and compacting equipment
  2. Cleans and removes loose trash from collection points and surrounding areas
  3. Collects and delivers all necessary recyclable materials to disposal locations
  4. Keeps equipment clean and maintains operating logs, to include checking and maintenance of fluid levels and tire pressure
  5. Prepares trash pick up logs, equipment maintenance records, work requests for needed services and reports mechanical defects to Supervisor
  6. Prepares trip logs, equipment maintenance records and work requests for needed services
  7. Provide coordination and feedback of the campus recycling programs to supervisor
  8. Maintain and interest in learning new ideas
  9. Establish and maintain a high level of customer service

When assigned duties of Pesticide applicator:

  1. Apply pesticides as directed by your immediate supervisor
  2. Follow all necessary regulations for applications as required by Skidmore and all governing agencies, including all required documentation.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED); one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.  Ability to utilize or learn basic computer functions.


Valid Driver's License

New York State Herbicide & Pesticide Applicators License as required by employer.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities, or those not physically able, to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and walk.  The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear;and taste or smell.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds with appropriate equipment and assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, outside weather conditions, and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; and toxic or caustic chemicals.'  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

  • The College reserves the right to reassign all personnel as necessary in the event of an absence or emergency.
  • May be required to attend employer sponsored classes or seminars aimed at improving skills.
  • Understand proper use of chemicals used in the performance of position duties and be familiar with the Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • May be required to work overtime or weekends with minimal notice.

Hourly Rate: $19.00 per hour per the contract.

Required documents needed to apply:

  • On-line application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of Three References

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


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