Amherst College Gardner in Amherst, Massachusetts

AMHERST Full-time, 40 hours per week, year round position, grade 15, $15.34 per hour The Gardener supports the efforts of the Landscape and Grounds Department with planning and executing landscaping operations. Ensures proper maintenance of all horticultural aspects on the campus are carried out. Assists in the planning, organizing and implementing new plants and renovations, as well as provides labor and equipment operation and support for all aspects of grounds work as required. The Gardner takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College?s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. The position is designated as providing essential services and may be required to report to work, or remain on duty even though the College is closed. Our work is central to student life and their needs occur at a variety of times throughout the day, week, and year and in such, a flexible schedule with extended shift times and emergency call-ins may be required. The work schedule may vary and corresponds to the College?s operational needs, but generally is Monday through Friday. Key Responsibilities Provide labor support for all horticultural aspects of the campus community including pruning, trimming, weeding, fertilizing, spraying, repairing damaged areas, grading terrain, seeding, transplanting shrubs and plants, and brush, leaf and snow removal. Operate department equipment including trucks, utility vehicles, tractors, saws, lawn mowers, tools, and snow equipment as needed. Inspect and perform minor and basic equipment maintenance. Assist Special Services with the setup for special functions including commencement, reunion, freshman orientation, etc. Support office moves as needed. Assist Design and Construction with the planning and/or preparing of landscape projects including inspection, work planning, maintenance, plant labeling, repair operation, and purchasing of materials. Qualifications..Required High School diploma or equivalent Specialized training in the culture and maintenance of many types of plants Pesticide and hoisting licenses A valid driver?s license and successful credentialing is required in order to operate college vehicles. Strong written and verbal communication organizational and time-management skills including the ability to plan, organize and multi-task when priorities change frequently CORI check General knowledge in the selection and maintenance of plants Experience in the operation of motorized vehicles and equipment; trucks, tractor, chainsaw, general landscaping tools Ability to work with garden design drawings Knowledge and experience in Irrigation maintenance and water conservation Basic computer skills Preferred Associates degree in Landscape/Horticulture 1 year of related vehicle operation and equipment use DOT Requirements Operating a CMV (operation of a vehicle in excess of 10,000 lbs. GVWR or more than 9 passengers) Completion of CMV Driver Application Able to read and speak English Employment verification for preceding 3 years State driving record Driver History Check for preceding 3 years Complete a road test 21 years or older DOT physical certifying the operation of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Drug and alcohol test Environmental and Physical Demands Lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 50 lbs. or more with assistance Repetitive motions including fingers, hands, wrists, arms, feet, and knees Movements include reaching, kneeling, bending, crouching, crawling, and ascending/descending stairs Standing, sitting, and walking for extended periods of time Visual-close concentration with manual dexterity Outdoor elements including exposure to fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions