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Grounds Maintenance Superintendent
Performs technical supervisory and managerial duties in directing university landscaping and grounds and athletic fields maintenance activities. Responsible for general beautification of buildings and grounds. Plans, directs, and coordinates semi-skilled work in the care and culture of turf, trees, plants, flowers, and the maintenance of grounds. Implements landscaping plans, selection and application of fertilizers, culture of plants, hedges, grass, and trees. Manages irrigation systems, irrigation repairs, and water conservation. Supervises grounds maintenance employees to maintain a cohesive team capable of producing high quality work. Reports to the Associate Vice President, Facilities Services.
Supervises, administers, and executes an efficient program of grounds maintenance. Initiates projects to ensure stewardship of landscape and natural resources. Develops and directs an effective working schedule for forepersons and grounds personnel. Ensures that grounds employees receive ongoing training in job skill development and safety. Manages grounds personnel to include hiring, performance reviews, and disciplinary actions. Implements scheduling of work including tree surgery, the use of chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. Oversees budget function related to grounds maintenance. Responsible for purchasing all plants, shrubs, trees, fertilizers, chemicals, and ground maintenance equipment. Reviews and delegates special assignment requests from various university departments. Ensures compliance with regulations applicable to landscape irrigation and water usage. Performs other duties as assigned.
Moderate physical activity with occasional lifting of objects weighing over fifty pounds.
Five to ten years experience in grounds maintenance with minimum five year’s supervisory experience involving labor and groundskeeping crews, including team-building, safety, and training. Should have considerable experience in horticulture and grounds maintenance work, including irrigation systems and athletic turf management.
Thorough and extensive knowledge of techniques relevant to grounds maintenance work including crew organization and team management. Knowledge of horticulture and plants adapted to the Wichita Falls area. Extensive knowledge of irrigation systems installation and repair as well as water conservation techniques. Knowledge of tools, equipment, power vehicles, materials, methods, practices, and techniques used in general grounds and athletic fields maintenance. Knowledge of greenhouse operations for the propagation of plants. Knowledge and ability to plan, organize, direct, and maintain an effective grounds maintenance program. Should be able to read and understand blue prints. Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel to perform work analysis, budget functions, and communication.
Requires graduation from high school. Should have completed extensive courses in horticulture, irrigation, and landscape techniques.
Ability to analyze and solve problems. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to effectively and efficiently supervise personnel to motivate and maintain a cohesive team work environment. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, supervisors, and customers. *Regular reliable attendance is required. * TDA Chemical Applicator’s License or ability to obtain license, required. *Requires employment physical exam. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.