Position title: Maintenance technician - grounds
Reports to: Director of facilities
This position is responsible to perform maintenance of the grounds
ensuring an attractive and safe grounds area/s for the public, faculty
and staff. This position is responsible for up keeping lawns, trees,
shrubs, flowerbeds, athletic fields and other landscaping elements of
Saint Martin’s Abbey and Saint Martin's University. The work in this
position involves the use of large and small equipment, including
tractors, mowers, loaders, trenchers, chainsaws, weed-eaters and other
maintenance equipment. This position performs routine do semi-skilled
grounds construction and maintenance work.
Mission and strategic plan
The grounds team members provide the grass roots effort to
supporting the sixth imperative of “Achieve a High Standard of
Excellence”. Their daily efforts ensure expectations of the community
for a clean and safe environment. An excellent learning environment is a
key building block and a direction connection to an excellent learning
Level of supervision and supervisory responsibility
General Direction: The employee carries out work assignments in accordance
with the policies and objectives established by the supervisor. The employee
plans and organizes the work, determines the work methods which will be employed
and assists in determining priorities and deadlines. Completed work is reviewed
in terms of the employee’s effectiveness in producing the expected results
Responsibilities and essential functions
- Cut lawns, using power mower. Trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and
walls, using clippers, weed cutters, and edging tools. Prune shrubs and trees to
shape and to improve growth or remove damaged leaves, branches, or twigs, using
shears, pruners, or chain saw. Clean equipment using appropriate materials.
- Plant grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs, using shovels, hose or sprinkler
- Rake and bag leaves. Clean grounds and removes litter. Clean equipment using
- Spray lawn, shrubs and trees with fertilizer, herbicide, and insecticide
- Drive truck and load fallen limbs and roadside trash onto truck, and
delivers refuse to landfill.
- Returns all equipment to the designated location at the maintenance facility
and cleans the maintenance areas.
- Operate snow removal equipment to maintain streets, sidewalks, and
driveways. Spread salt on public passage ways to prevent ice buildup.
- Cleans out drainage ditches and culverts, using shovel and rake. Performs
ground maintenance duties, using tractor equipped with attachments, such as
movers, lime or fertilizer spreaders, lawn roller, and snow removal equipment.
- Sharpen tools, such as weed cutters, edging tools, and shears, using
sharpener. Make minor repairs on equipment, such as lawn mowers, spreaders, and
snow removal equipment, using hand tools and power tools. Replace worn or
damaged parts, such as hoses, wiring, and belts in machines and equipment, such
as vehicles, riding mowers, etc.
- May makes minor repairs to fences, gates, garden walls, and walks, using
carpentry and masonry tools. May assist in the painting of fences and
outbuildings. May assist in the repair of streets and sidewalks with asphalt,
cold patching materials, and concrete, using shovel, hand roller, trowel, level,
and long-handled tamp.
- Reports observed maintenance needs to lead/senior groundskeepers and/or
director, facilities management. Makes log entries as required in preventative
- May assists in the maintenance of building plumbing and electrical systems,
including the replacement of worn or defective parts, such as switches and
- May operate machinery to dig trenches for water and sewer pipe.
- May set up or removes folding tables, chairs, barricades, traffic cones or
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Ability to read and understand basic operating and maintenance
manuals, simple instructions and short memos. Ability to keep and
maintain accurate written records and time sheets.
- Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group
situations to members of the campus community and the general public.
- Operate power driven machinery and hand tools in a safe manner. Demonstrates
safe, efficient mechanical operation of tractors and other motorized equipment.
- Knowledge of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides used in grounds care
and gardening. Demonstrates knowledge of horticulture to ensure the successful
growth of plants, trees and shrubbery.
- Knowledge of methods and materials used construction/maintenance work.
- Knowledge of the principles of operation of diesel and gasoline engines.
- Mechanical aptitude; knowledge of maintenance tools.
- Maintains awareness of proper safety precautions at all times.
- Constantly observes condition of property and immediately reports and/or
initiates action to correct unsafe conditions. Maintains safety of self,
personal protective equipment and clothing at all times.
- Positively motivates student workers.
- Communicate effectively with staff, faculty, students and management with
the ability to work well with other people of diverse background.
- Must be able to work well in a stressful environment with little or no
- Must be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Two years prior experience in lawn care and landscaping. Grounds maintenance
training, horticultural and arborist training preferred.
- Pesticide handler training preferred. Must obtain WADA Pesticide Applicators
License within twelve (12) months of employment.
- Possession of a valid standard Driver’s License with no major violations.
- Successfully pass a criminal background check.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that
must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions
of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical strength, stamina and agility.
- Ability to follow oral and written directions.
- Works with cleaning fluids, chemicals, pesticides, and insecticides, paints,
cleaning agents or similar solutions using only normal protective equipment.
- Coordinates the movement of more than one limb simultaneously (Example:
operating the clutch and accelerator on a car).
- Moves debris, dirt or other material from one place to another using a
shovel, spade or other tool.
- Operates power driven machinery such as a lawn mower, vacuum sweeper, buffer
or other similarly sized equipment.
- Must wear appropriate safety gear/apparel as directed and abide by the
University, state (WISHA), federal (OSHA) safety policies and procedures.
- Moves objects (50-75 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
- Ability to be mobile campus wide for appropriate business needs.
- Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or
repetitive arm-hand movements.
- Reading, writing, speaking, hearing, standing, bending, sitting.
- Lifts arm above shoulder level (Examples: painting, stocking shelves, or
working on the underside of vehicles).
- Bends or stoops repeatedly or continually over time (Example: reading a
- Walks over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.
- Works in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.
The principles of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, equal
employment opportunity, and nondiscrimination are fundamental to the
mission, goals, and objectives of Saint Martin’s University. The
University does not discriminate in employment or in the delivery or
administration of its educational programs, policies, scholarship and
loan programs, athletic or other University programs on the basis of
sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion (except as a bona fide
occupational qualification for certain select positions), marital
status, national or ethnic origin, military or veteran status, age, or
Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the
basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity, or any other
inquiries related to the University's non-discrimination policy, may contact the
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey WA 98503
Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972 and the regulations adopted under that law, the University has designated
the above individual as the University's Title IX Officer, responsible for
coordinating the University's Title IX compliance. Individuals may also contact
the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 915 2nd Avenue, Room
3310 Seattle, WA 98174-1099, Telephone: (206) 220-7900, TDD: (206) 220-7907.