Grounds Manager

  • Full-Time
  • Anywhere
  • Salary: $45,549 annually

Clark College

Job Description

Clark College is actively seeking to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. To that end, we seek professionals committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion across the campus. We are currently accepting applications for the position of Grounds Manager. Under the direction of the Director of Facilities Services, this position is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the college grounds. Persons with experience and success engaging, retaining, and supporting staff with diverse backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, Core themes, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and social equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Plan, develop, and direct campus landscaping and gardening projects, including irrigation systems.
• Estimate, plan, and direct special projects assigned to the Grounds Department.
• Budget for and purchase equipment and supplies, including machinery, parts, irrigation equipment, fertilizer, etc.
• Supervise grounds maintenance staff.
• Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
• Maintain departmental records, write reports, and develop other written items as requested.
• Interview, select, train, and evaluate Grounds Department personnel.
• Manage the College’s pest and weed spray program.
• Assist in the planning, development, and construction management of site improvement projects, including athletic fields, landscape lighting, public areas, renovation of new properties, and other projects.
• Manage parking lot maintenance, construction, and renovation, including, but not limited to: budgetary processes, contract writing, construction and maintenance supervision, drainage management, and evaluating requests for changes.
• Direct and participate in the maintenance of the College’s athletic facilities.
• Maintain liaison with various agencies and businesses that directly or indirectly impact the mission of the Grounds Department.
• Assist with the research and development of the College’s Repairs and Minor Improvements (RMI) budget, facilities condition survey, and capital budget requests.
• Work to achieve and support diversity objectives as established by the College.
• Develop, implement, and monitor departmental safety programs.
• Develop feasibility studies, cost estimates, and project implementation plans.
• Survey and locate underground utilities. Maintain utility maps and drawings.
• Maintain materials, equipment, and supplies for emergency response; serve as a member of the emergency response team.
• Supervise snow and ice removal efforts on campus.
• Manage work-study and part-time employee schedules.
• Ensure Facilities compliance with Department of Ecology Secondary Permit requirements.
• Serve as member of designated College committees, councils, and teams.
• Ensure that areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the College and applicable governing agencies.
• Develop and implement policies and procedures for operating unit(s).
• Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility.
• Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
• Provide leadership in accordance with the mission, Core themes, objectives and values established by the college.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:
• One year of training in horticulture.
• Five years’ experience in gardening, grounds maintenance, nursery, parks, or related activity.
• Supervisory experience.
• Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


Salary Statement: $45,549 annually
Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.


Required Online Application Materials:
• Clark College Online Application
• Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
• Current résumé


Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.


Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., May 29, 2018.


Condition of employment:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.


Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.


The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus, and crime statistics for the most recent 4-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133. The most recent Annual Security Report can be viewed here:


If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.


Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
May 11, 2018

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