Crew Leader for CMU Landscape Operations. Lead, oversee, coordinate and assist in the work of all Landscape Maintenance Operators. Keeps campus grounds well maintained, tidy, attractive and presentable year-round. Ensures students, faculty and staff can safely move about campus even during inclement weather. Conducts the planting and routine care of lawns, trees, shrubs, landscape beds, athletic fields and other campus horticultural items. Remains available for grounds maintenance related emergencies. May work irregular hours in response to scheduled events, seasonal workloads and winter storm events. Performs duties on projects and work orders as needed. Provides quality assurance through daily inspection of campus appearance. Identifies, coordinates and assigns work requirements or tasks to all Landscape Maintenance Operators and support employees. Ensures all areas on campus are properly maintained. Identifies requirements for improved campus appearance. Identifies operational improvement opportunities and develops procedures for proper, safe and efficient use of grounds maintenance equipment. Provides crew lead support to the Manager of Landscape Operations.
Performs the full scope and range of landscape duties to include mowing, edging, trimming, sweeping, raking, fertilizing, seeding, watering, aerating and other methods and techniques in caring of campus landscapes.
Prunes, trims, and cares for trees, shrubs and hedges; removes and properly disposes of plants, shrubs, trees and leaves.
Maintains landscape beds to ensure a well-maintained appearance to include weeding, pruning, and mulching.
Conducts proper planting of turf, trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and other horticultural items. Inspects plant material for evidence of damage and takes appropriate corrective actions.
Applies chemical treatments to maintain the health and appearance of campus plant life in accordance with State regulations and integrated pest management practices.
Lays out, marks and maintains athletic areas, to include football fields, baseball diamonds, tracks, tennis courts, band fields, and other athletic fields.
Maintains synthetic turf.
Lays out, installs, repairs, maintains and operates irrigation systems.
Safely operates equipment to include large front-end loader, backhoe, mobile aerial work platform, tractors, vacuums, sweepers, trucks, mowers, plows, salt spreaders and other motorized equipment.
Safely operates, loads and unloads light and medium duty trucks.
Cleans, maintains, and performs operator maintenance and minor repair to all grounds equipment.
Coordinates with and assists other trades on projects or work orders requiring grounds maintenance equipment and assistance.
Conducts safe and efficient operation of snow and ice control equipment used in the removal of snow and ice from roads, parking lots and walk ways.
Repairs and paints picnic tables, trash baskets, playground equipment, dumpsters, exterior signage and other grounds-related equipment.
Installs and removes exterior signage.
Places concrete for footers, posts, poles and other applications not requiring a smooth finish.
Maintains and repairs pavements to include roads and parking lots.
Maintains storm sewer inlets, and storm water detention and retention ponds.
Removes litter, trash and debris on campus and empties exterior trash receptacles.
Hauls waste, litter, equipment, materials, supplies as assigned.
Provides instruction, training and direction to all Landscape Maintenance Operators and support personnel.
Assists Manager of Landscape Operations in the response, set-up and scheduling of grounds maintenance work, snow and ice control and other work requests.
Conducts daily quality assurance assessment of the campus, identifies areas for improvement, assigns and coordinates tasks to all Landscape Maintenance Operators and other support employees.
Identifies and addresses occupational difficulties encountered by employees.
Coordinates work with others to complete jobs in a timely manner.
Familiarizes new employees in proper procedures and methods.
Provides support and coordination with other shops and departments.
Serves as the Landscape Maintenance section equipment lead responsible for developing and maintaining rules and procedures for the proper, safe and efficient use of all maintenance equipment.
Provides administrative support to the Manager of Landscape Operations in management of work orders, Service Center requests and overtime.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High school education or equivalent.
Five years of experience in landscape maintenance.
Ability to obtain MUV operator certification within 90 days of employment.
Ability to obtain Mobile Aerial work platform certification within 90 days of employment.
Ability to obtain State of Michigan Pesticide Applicator Certification in Categories 3A, 3B, and 6 within six months of employment.
Ability to obtain CDL Group A with air brake endorsement within one year of employment.
Ability to complete heavy equipment operator training within one year of employment.
Possess a valid driver’s license and meet the provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Ability to work in a manner that will not endanger the safety of other persons, oneself, equipment and property.
Supervision or lead experience preferred.
You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.
Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.