The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world's most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni and visitors.
With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as steward of the campus resources and operations.
All employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.
Facilities Management (FM) provides maintenance, grounds, and custodial services to the entire campus. FM serves as a partner within the zone structure for the Contract Colleges (CC), Endowed (EN), and Student and Campus Life (SCL) zones.
As a key steward of the University's facilities, FM is responsible for facility assessments, skilled trades, general construction, building care, grounds, recycling, asbestos, and the management of planned, corrective, and preventive maintenance.
The team in our Grounds Department is searching for a motivated and hard working individual to fill the role of SO-09 Landscape Gardener! This individual will perform and oversee skilled landscape maintenance and/or landscape construction tasks including but not limited to:
Pruning and removals
Flower bed design/selection
In this role, you will lead/oversee your Team in the absence of Crew Leader (as needed) to ensure that daily tasks and responsibilities are completed in a timely fashion. You will perform manual labor for general landscape maintenance and/or landscape construction tasks including but not limited to:
You will be take part in some plant ordering and selection (mainly annuals, perennials, bulbs, and fall ornamental varieties) and you will work closely with fellow gardeners to ensure proper plant selection and flower bed rotation within their zones. The Landscape Gardener is responsible for Nursery maintenance and plant stock care. This role also helps manage our IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program as well as the chemical inventory and maintenance of our chemical storage facility. Plan to operate a wide variety of landscape maintenance and snow removal equipment. While out and about on campus, we'll rely on you to promptly report unsafe conditions or damage to campus landscape, equipment, or facilities. Overall, you will provide technical support for all of Grounds.
This position is subject to call-in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to handle emergencies, especially snow related emergencies. It is also subject to shift changes and extended working hours (including nights, early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays) to meet seasonal work demands. Working in weather related extremes of heat and cold for extended periods, coming into contact with sewage and dead animals and regular exposure to bees and pollen are all possibilities in this position.
This position is covered by the UAW Collective Bargaining Agreement. At the end of the probationary period employees will be required to pay union dues per article 1 of the agreement.
Ours is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. Employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.
This position requires a High School diploma or equivalent. At least five years' of experience in grounds maintenance or a related field with an emphasis on ornamental plant care is also required. If you don't have that, an equivalent combination of knowledge and experience; to include a minimum of three years' experience providing leadership for the activities of landscape maintenance and/or construction work crews would suffice. You must possess working knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the landscape maintenance and construction fields. The ability to read planting/architectural plans, specifications, and blueprints fluently is a necessity. You'll need to operate hand and motorized equipment such as commercial mowers, hand/power tools, tractors, and loaders. You must have and maintain a valid driver's license as you may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to and from job sites. A NY State Pesticide Applicator's license category 3a is required. A CNLP (Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional) Certification is also required. If you don't already have this, the certification MUST be obtained within 2 year of hire. Lastly, being experienced in working in a fast paced commercial landscaping/snow removal environment is also required due to the upbeat and busy nature of our campus.
It is preferred that someone filling this position also has an Associates Degree or equivalent in applied plant sciences (e.g. arboriculture, ornamental horticulture, phytopathology, agronomy, or landscape management) preferable.
However, if you don't have an Associates Degree, don't let that deter you from applying!
-Typically lifts more than 50 lbs
-Acute concentration/ eye-hand coordination
-Highly toxic chemicals
**There is no VISA sponsorship or relocation assistance available for this position**
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