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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Facilities Services
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: E2

The Grounds Manager is responsible for operational property and maintenance matters, including general care of all grounds and facilities and day to day property and equipment maintenance. 


  • Bachelors of Science in Applied Sciences in Agricultural Science or related field preferred.Significant experience in grounds/parks/golf course maintenance on a Supervisory level will be considered.
  • Five years of experience in a position related to landscaping, park/golf course maintenance, public grounds maintenance, etc., two of which should be on a Supervisory level.
  • Knowledgeable of all applicable standards regarding the use, handling and disposal of chemicals, gasoline, and other hazardous materials used by grounds/mechanics employees.
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License.


  • Responsible for activities of campus gardener, landscape specialists, and campus arborist.  Works with them to improve and enhance the look of the campus in regards to various plantings and other horticultural tasks.
  • Management of the budget process reporting to the Director of Facilities and Campus Development.
  • Point of contact for campus grounds (hardscape, lawns, gardens, trees and beds) and vehicle fleet issues.
  • Recommends to the Director regarding such items as; purchase of capital equipment, vehicles, undertaking of renovations, projects, repairs, change in procedures, etc.
  • Responsible for purchase and approval of materials/equipment and service contracts/contractor bid acceptance.
  • Plan and develop work schedules, equipment usage schedules and procedures for equipment maintenance, preventative maintenance, and projects.
  • Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of the most up-to-date State and Federal regulations regarding pesticide application, storage, disposal and documentation.
  • Maintain and update the current record of tree inventory and GIS for all Landscaping features.
  • Prepare reports pertaining to budget, grounds, tree care, etc. assessments scheduling, progress of work, etc.
  • Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Follow safety procedures and techniques to perform job duties.


  • Supervise employees including auditing work, periodic visits to work site(s) to support and ensure high level of services are being provided, mentoring, disciplinary reporting, performance evaluations, weekly meetings and schedule/time management.
  • Plan, assign, supervise and inspect the work of the grounds department (including mechanic); initiates corrective action to secure satisfactory standards and timely project completion.
  • Create and implement training for staff members that enriches and empowers them in their jobs.
  • Delegate responsibilities among employees based on priorities to maintain efficient operations.


  • Administer work orders, assigns work and ensures that work is completed in a prompt, safe, and professional manner.
  • Responsible for carrying out a preventive maintenance program for grounds/mechanics designed to keep equipment operating satisfactorily with an eye towards keeping maintenance and replacement costs down.
  • Plans for and carries out addition/replacement of flowers, shrubbery and trees on campus.
  • Keeps walkways and roads in proper condition, e.g. repairs to potholes and clearing of ice and snow.
  • Evaluates bid proposals and service contracts to determine if they meet with College needs, standards and financial constraints.  Recommends to Director the acceptance/rejection (and alternatives) of proposals and contracts.
  • Comply with departmental and college policies and procedures.
  • Requires flexibility and understanding that all maintenance staff may be required to perform duties outside their normal area of expertise to meet the mission and goals of the college.
  • Attends seminars and other courses of study designed to improve job performance.


• Inspects (on-site) quality of work performed by section employees and contractors.
• Based upon inspections, gives priority to items identified as life safety.
• Is on-call (or provides for coverage) around the clock.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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