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Master Groundskeeper
Category: Horticulture

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Valparaiso, Indiana

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Master Groundskeeper

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Wage/Hour Status:  Non-exempt

Summary of position: Primary responsibility is semiskilled and skilled work in the use of proper methods and materials for maintaining trees, non-garden grounds, and associated equipment.

Reports To:   Grounds & Facilities Manager      

Supervises:  As needed-Volunteers, seasonal worker, summer help

Contacts:  Staff, volunteers, visitors, contractors, vendors

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Maintain roads, trails, paths, turf and other non-garden areas
2. Maintains trees in woodlands, turf areas and gardens/collections by evaluating their health and pruning as necessary
3. Performs maintenance and repairs of all small equipment (i.e. chainsaw, mower, blower)
4. Operates light vehicles, heavy equipment and turf mowers
5. Polices grounds for litter and debris
6. Manages prescribed burns per CRP
7. Maintains all irrigations systems
8. Manages the removal of invasive plants species
9. Other duties as assigned

Education: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required; arborist certification preferred, chainsaw certification preferred.

Experience: Four years of experience in grounds/aboriculture/landscaping

Licensure: Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and chauffer’s license, CDL preferred.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of a wide variety of vehicles and equipment. Ability to operate and perform maintenance on tools and equipment used in daily work, communicate with staff, work independently, lift 80 pounds, and climb stairs and ladders. Trained and skilled in chainsaw usage/safety.

Physical and Mental Demands:   Click here.

This job description is a list of the major job related responsibilities; however from time to time other minor duties or other responsibilities may be assigned. 

Salary range:  $29,000-$31,000 upon experience.  Please send all resumes to


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