The Groundskeeper Foreman is responsible for managing all shop-related work and personnel associated with the maintenance and upkeep of the Evanston and Chicago campuses’ roads, walks, landscape, and grounds. Coordinates and implements various landscape maintenance and related projects which may include estimating and supervising crews. Provides direction to staff with responsibility for managing and evaluating performance. Ensures timely completion of all shop-related paperwork and electronic approvals including service requests and timesheets. Cultivates good customer relations.
Please Note: This job requires working outside in all weather conditions including snow, rain, sun, and wind. The position is on call 24 hours a day.
Assigns necessary tasks and work to the shop personnel and supplemental contractors or vendors to effectively meet the unit’s mission on the campuses. Ensures tasks and assignments are prioritized and performed at the highest order of excellence, completed in the most cost effective manner, and completed to University standards and unit requirements.
Performs and manages seasonal landscape activities including:
Flower bed maintenance: plant material, weeding beds, and watering.
Turf maintenance: mowing, seeding. sodding, and watering. May include pesticide application.
Landscape construction: tree and shrub plantings, site preparation and plant removals.
General landscape maintenance: lawn mowing, watering, weeding and cultivating. Instructs and assists with detailed trimming and pruning.
General landscape clean up and leaf removal.
Snow and ice removal: includes the use of shovels, small snow brooms and snowplows.
Refuse removal: carrying garbage cans and picking up trash from campus areas.
Small equipment operation: lawn mowing equipment, snow blowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, bulb drills, walk-behind aerators. Drives University vehicles. May drive University vehicles requiring a commercial driver's license - Class B.
Special event setups for University departments.
Manages the shop performance to budget and other unit objectives.
Develops and maintains standard operating and reporting procedures for shop staff.
Participates in the hiring, training, and performance evaluation of staff.
Ensures compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, ordinances, and codes as well as University and departmental programs and policies including safety, labor management, and conflict of interest.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Five or more years of professional landscape or grounds maintenance experience.
Must maintain a valid Illinois Pesticide Operator License
Must maintain a valid Commercial Drivers License Class “B”
High School diploma or equivalent combination of educational training and experience.
Must be a member of Local 681 or join after one month of employment.
Demonstrated proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of products.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Thorough knowledge of landscape maintenance and construction.
Proficiency in plant identification, disease prevention and treatment, and pesticide application.
Ability to read and understand landscape drawings as well as the operation of all landscape related equipment.
Physical ability to work in cramped quarters, climb ladders, and work from equipment high off the ground.
Physical ability to lift and maneuver weight of up to 50 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Associates or Bachelors degree in horticulture or related field
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33681
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.