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Amherst College

220 South Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
Amherst, MA 01002

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Our story is your story. Since 1821, we’ve been helping our students find their own voices, discover their own truths and forge their own paths in the world. Our students and alumni are the true authors of the Amherst story. Help write our next chapter.
Salary Range:Location:
Job Type:Category:
Full TimeAdministrative/Clerical/Data Entry
Education Level:Work Experience:
High School or Equivalent
Preference: Required

Preference: Nice to have
Amherst College invites applications for the Landscape and Grounds Group Leader position. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our studentsidentify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The Landscape and Grounds Group Leader is a full-time, year round position, job group and level AO-4. The Landscape and Grounds Group Leaderprovides leadershipand supervision to a team of caretakers, grounds staff, student workers and others assigned to maintain the College Athletic Facilities and campus grounds. The Group Leader performs activities related to all aspects of grounds maintenance including, but not limited to, the preparation of the fields (including artificial turf fields and the hockey rink), facilities and equipment for athletic activities; and performs custodial services in the ice rink facility. The position acts as the primary contact with the Athletics Department for day to day customer service requests that do not require Supervisor of Landscape and Grounds review.

Work schedule: The position is designated as providing essential services and will be required to report to work, or remain on duty even when the College is closed. Our work is central to student life and their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times is required. The work schedule varies and corresponds to the College's operational needs.

Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities

Labor Support
• Provide labor support in all areas of landscape and grounds maintenance including, but not limited to, athletic facilities (artificial and natural fields, ice rink, track, tennis courts, Cage, gym, bleachers and storage areas) roads, walks, lawns, trees, shrubs, etc.
• General duties include artificial turf maintenance, mowing lawns, weeding, trimming trees, raking/blowing leaves, sweeping, and snow and ice removal
• Lead and participate in the set-up, support and clean up for Sporting Events
• Custodial duties include cleaning and sanitizing restroom and shower facilities, and daily maintenance and re-supplying of dispensers, and general office and public area cleaning including dusting, vacuuming, trash removal and recycling
• Operate trucks, saws, lawn-mowers, tractors with various attachments, utility vehicles and other equipment
• Maintain in good working order all athletic tools and equipment
• Perform minor maintenance service and routine inspections of all equipment, tools, and vehicles, ensuring all safety procedures are followed

Organizational Support
• Assist the Supervisor of Landscape and Grounds in providing leadership in all aspects of the operation and maintenance of all athletic facilities
• Organize, plan, and implement work schedules
• Manage supplies and equipment inventory, and make recommendations for new and annual purchases
• Act as the primary point of communication between Facilities and the Athletics Department for day to day activities
• Supervise the athletic grounds caretakers

Project Work
• Assist with general projects including setting-up furnishings and equipment, moving offices, loading and unloading trucks, and setup for special functions including Reunion, Commencement and Parent Weekend


• High School Diploma or equivalent
• A valid driver's license and successful credentialing in order to operate college vehicles
• Commercial Pesticide License, MA Hoisting License and DOT Card or the ability to obtain within 3 months
• 2 - 5 years of related experience
• Ability to use or learn Bacharach gas monitor to record CO in the Rink
• Working knowledge of rules and regulations of sports activities as relates to preparation of facilities, i.e. line marking, turf management, setting up of athletic equipment, etc.
• Strong verbal and written communication, customer service, and time-management skills
• Must have basic familiarity with computer usage, including email and internet
• Some overtime, weekend and occasional shift change is required
• Commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
• Successful completion of pre-employment physical and lift test
• CORI check

• Associates Degree
• Commercial Turf License
• More than 5 years of related experience

Environmental and Physical Demands
• Frequent exposure to outdoor elements, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, wet, icy, slippery and uneven conditions
• Wear personal protective equipment
• Use manual and power tools, and operate equipment
• Exposure to dust, odors, noise, fumes, grease, oil, and vibrations (from equipment use)
• Exposure to hazardous materials such as fertilizer, pesticides, cleaning, snow and ice removal products
• Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds
• Repetitive motions - hands/arms/fingers/wrists/feet
• Frequent walking, bending, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, pushing, lifting

Interestedcandidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!
Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (https://www.amherst.edu/mm/538285), Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.

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