Why Join WCC?
Washtenaw Community College (WCC), located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in one of America’s top college cities, is a mission-driven organization focused on student success that offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits program.
As a member of the WCC team, you’ll enjoy a generous retirement savings plan, affordable and comprehensive health, wellness and dental insurance, significant paid time off for vacation, personal and sick time and free tuition reimbursement for employees and eligible dependents.
The Grounds Maintenance Technician is certified in landscape techniques and skills, and responsible for the overall maintenance of the landscape and grounds of the college. This position is also accountable for maintenance of the campus athletic fields, irrigation systems, waste handling, outdoor campus events and set ups, as well as snow/ice control.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Performs the planting, cultivation, propagation, pruning, and care of turf, annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, etc.
• Instructs, demonstrates, and shares knowledge with grounds maintenance personnel in proper maintenance techniques, use of equipment, and expertise from designated Landscape Industry Certified module of certification.
• Properly identify plant materials, and remove undesirable plant species from ornamental planting beds by hand or with the use of appropriate equipment.
• Drives tractors, operates heavy power equipment rented or owned by the college.
• Performs tree trimming, minor site construction projects, and assists other Facilities Departments in site related special assignments.
• Remove snow from walkways, drives, paths, and parking lots by hand and with plow trucks, power brooms, snow blowers and heavy equipment.
• Maintain athletic fields, courts, and related amenities by grading, mowing, chalking, painting, and setting up equipment for practices, games, and other scheduled uses.
• Completes various setups for outdoor campus events, displays, and banner installations.
• Completes the installation, repairs, excavation, and preventative maintenance of irrigation systems.
• Prepares, and maintains records, reports, recommendations, etc., including maintenance logs /inspections, irrigation programs, and revisions to campus site drawings.
• Monitor, maintain, and repair concrete and asphalt hard surfaces by cleaning, painting, cold patching, etc. and maintain underground domestic water, storm water, and sewer drains as needed.
• May make recommendations for the selection of grounds equipment and materials.
• Maintains tools and equipment in clean working order.
• Assists with disposal of refuse and debris to maintain campus in a clean and sanitary condition.
• Maintain exterior signage, nature trails, outdoor seating, and related site amenities.
• Identify and report any damage, unsafe conditions, deterioration, or needed repairs to campus grounds or property.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Regular attendance on campus is required for this position.
This position will work 40 hours per week. Schedule dependent on college need, and union bargaining agreement. All shifts are posted up to twice a year for requested shift preference. Landscape and Grounds shifts will begin the first pay period of April and November, and include a day shift and an afternoon shift.
• Ability to work in a typical garage or high bay facility, with potential to encounter wind drafts, dust, exhaust fumes (gas/diesel), and spikes in noise levels due to equipment or tool use.
• Ability to work outside in various types of weather, including inclement conditions for extended periods.
• Physically capable of walking over uneven surfaces, bending and kneeling for long stretches of time, climbing stairs and ladders, and lifting 50 pounds from floor level to at least waist high.
• Ability to lift, pull, and use pushing motions, in repetition, with tools, materials, and landscape equipment from light to heavy in weight.
Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• High school diploma or GED equivalent.
• Equivalent of five (5) years, recent, full time paid work experience in Grounds Maintenance.
• Possess and maintain certification by National Association of Landscape Professionals as a Landscape Industry Certified Technician in a minimum of one specialty designation as administered by the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA).
• Thorough knowledge of landscape and grounds maintenance principles, practices, techniques, and materials.
• Experience with installation, repairs, excavation, and preventative maintenance of irrigation systems.
• Ability to work under minimal supervision.
• Ability to effectively communicate orally, in writing, and electronically.
• Ability to utilize various computer software programs for digital work order system, and Microsoft Office components for email, training, and documentation.
• Ability to lift and transport fifty (50) pounds and climb ladders with or without assistance.
• Ability to obtain and maintain fork lift and aerial lift certification.
• Possess and maintain a valid state issued Driver’s License and Chauffer’s License.
• Previous knowledge of grounds maintenance equipment and demonstrated ability to operate power tools and power vehicles such as; snowplows, snow blowers, salt spreaders, and power brooms.
• Ability to interact with clients, co-workers and management in a positive, supportive and cooperative way.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
• Landscape and Grounds paid work experience at a higher education facility or school.
• Licensed by State of Michigan as a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator in Categories 3A, 3B and 6.
• Associates degree or successful completion of courses, concentrated in Landscape and Turfgrass Management, Horticulture, Arboriculture, or related to Grounds Maintenance.
• Desire to work outdoors, and a passion for a successful green industry career.
*Anticipated start date for this position is in accordance with trail period ending
Our college strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services.
Washtenaw Community College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve our diverse community and to build on the success of our students, faculty & staff. Washtenaw Community College is committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment.
Please apply directly on our website: https://jobs.wccnet.edu/postings/12464