Superintendent of Grounds - Worcester - job 854119

Clark University

Date: 06/11/2021

City: Worcester, Massachusetts

Employment type: Full-time

Superintendent of Grounds

Category: Staff and Administrators

Department: 6110 (FM-Landscaping)

Locations: Worcester, MA

Posted: Jun 10, 2021

Closes: Open Until Filled

Type: Full-time - Exempt

Ref. No.: 190137

Position ID: 132114

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub

Job Description:

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Grounds (ADG), the Grounds Superintendent (GS) is responsible for providing a safe and productive environment for all students, faculty and staff. The GS provides the ADG with support and assistance in daily supervision, training and planning and implementation of projects. The GS will supervise and participate in all phases of landscape, hardscape, municipal and athletic maintenance and other duties as assigned. The GS performs work adhering to Facilities Management departmental standards and the best practices, procedures and techniques of the landscaping and groundskeeping professions. The GS performs work from work orders and from direction of the ADG and or their designee.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Schedule, dispatch and coordinate tasks and assignments to Grounds Department staff, including fulltime, part time and student employees.

  • The GS will perform work as necessary to support operations including:
    • operate and maintain heavy construction equipment, landscaping equipment, and medium to heavy duty trucks/plows

    • perform basic landscaping tasks, including mowing, fertilizing, raking, weeding, planting, mulching, trimming and pruning etc.

    • complete small landscape/hardscape construction projects including, tree/limb removal and paving repairs/installation, irrigation, sod installation

    • snow/ice removal

    • waste removal and litter picking

    • event/traffic control setups

    • loading and unloading of trucks

  • Other duties as assigned including coordinating contractors and vendors, event support and emergency/inclement weather response



  • High school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by coursework in horticulture operations and practices

  • One year of experience in the operation of heavy construction equipment and landscaping equipment

  • Two years' experience in grounds maintenance

  • Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Massachusetts Driver's License and Massachusetts 1C & 2A Hosting License

  • Ability to respond as essential personnel including the ability to work occasional weekends, evenings and through University closings.


  • Massachusetts (MDAR) Pesticide Applicator License and previous supervisory experience.


  • Knowledge of and skill in the safe operation of heavy construction equipment (skid steers, backhoes, loaders, hydraulic boom lifts, forklifts, dump trucks etc.) and landscape equipment (mowers, edgers, chippers, trimmers, chainsaws, shovels, hoes, brooms, blowers, vacuums, hoses, pressure washers, grinders and chemical applicators)

  • Knowledge of applicable OSHA regulations; ability to read, understand and apply oral and written instructions and labels

  • Ability to operate tractor mounted equipment

  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team or independently

  • Ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods

  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

  • Ability to work varied shifts and irregular hours during inclement weather (this position is considered essential personnel)

  • Ability to safely operate grounds keeping equipment and tools

  • Ability to bend, stoop and twist

  • Ability to climb ladders and stairs

  • Ability to lift and carry bags, containers and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds

  • Ability to perform preventive maintenance on equipment operated

  • Ability to drive tractors, skid steers, dump trucks, delivery vehicles, vans and heavy equipment

  • Ability to use respiratory protection equipment

  • Ability to work safely

  • Must be able to use web based technology (email, payroll/time reporting) and communicate via 2-way radio and telephone

  • Must maintain a positive, professional relationship with all members of the Clark Community


This position works under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Grounds and/or their designee. Assignments are received in the form of daily, weekly or seasonal work schedules, daily work orders or oral and written instructions; The GS will plan, assign, approve, instruct, set priorities, schedule and evaluate the work of Groundskeepers, Groundskeepers/Heavy Equipment Operators, Seasonal Groundskeepers and student staff.

This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.

Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

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