The Grounds Technician performs a variety of manual tasks to maintain the College grounds and related equipment. This is a full-time non-exempt position working 40 hours per week, typically Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm. The pay is $19.61 per hour. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner and discounted Trimet transit passes.
Who You Are
- You enjoy working outdoors.
- Working with plants, turf, trees, shrubs and flowers is satisfying.
- You are comfortable using and maintaining hand tools, power tools, tractors, sweepers and other equipment used in landscape maintenance.
- Safety is essential and you take precautions to make sure the area around you is safe.
- You have experience identifying hazards in the workplace.
- You enjoy working independently, and within a team setting.
- You like working in a diverse environment and you enjoy interacting with people who have different backgrounds than you.
- You are a strong listener and can follow verbal and written instruction.
- You are able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with college staff, students and the general public.
- You are interested in obtaining an Oregon Pesticide Applicators License, and understand when application is necessary.
What You’ll Do (Essential Functions)
- Investigate problems and perform basic maintenance and repair of College grounds including lawns, irrigation systems, plant and paved areas and natural areas of campus.
- Knowledge of general groundskeeping practices and procedures.
- Familiar with the concepts and practices of Integrated Pest Management.
- Assist in the planning and installation of landscape improvements, may select trees and shrubs for plantings.
- Familiarity with Pacific Northwest plant materials, maintenance and control of invasive species.
- Plant, cultivate and maintain turf areas, shrubs, perennial plants and trees using gardening implements and power operated equipment; repair established lawns and turf area as required.
- Assist in the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
- Operates manual and power tools; performs preventive and basic maintenance, making minor repairs and adjustments as needed.
- Maintain hard surfaces on College property including roads, parking lots and sidewalks. Clear ice and snow. Install signs and posts.
- Utilize tractors, riding mowers, blowers, sweepers and other power equipment to maintain campus grounds.
- Remove litter from campus including leaves, branches, and trash. Clean and flush storm drains as needed.