Oversees, assigns, and trains employees in all aspects of proper and safe landscape techniques in order to maintain and improve University grounds.
1. Supervises, leads, and participates in the installation, care, and maintenance of University landscaping. Oversees quality control by inspecting plant care, work sites, and workmanship to ensure that grounds are kept in pristine condition at all times.
2. Plans and prepares job sites across campus for the installation and maintenance of landscaping. Ensures that projects and duties are carried out in a safe, productive, and professional manner.
3. Oversees and performs a variety of technical landscape-related duties on University grounds including, but not limited to, proper plant placement and annual bed installation, pesticide application, tree care, grading and erosion control, tree, plant, and shrub pruning, basic irrigation repairs, and seasonal color maintenance.
4. Creates, approves, and/or implements landscape designs, schedules, purchases, and plant selection for various sites throughout campus. Identifies areas for landscaping improvements and corrects any aesthetic-related issues.
5. Ensures that University grounds, streets, and parking lots are kept free of dirt, leaves, trash, and other debris through the use and maintenance of litter control equipment.
6. Plans and oversees the safety and equipment training, scheduline, and development of assigned staff. Responsible for maintaining records of work orders, purchases, activities, time, and schedules. Gathers metrics and provides reports.
7. Coordinates landscape plans and activities with the Office of University Architect, project managers, outside contractors, utility personnel, and other landscape personnel. Communicates with others to keep them informed of work progress, provide project support, and answer detailed inquiries.
8. Oversees proper moisture, soil, sun, shade, chemical, and seasonal needs to ensure the health and care of plants.
9. Serves as subject matter expert in identifying, diagnosing, and treating plant disease, pests, drought stress, and other plant needs. Oversees pesticide equipment, sprayers, and fertilizer spreaders. Reads and interprets pesticide labels and applies pesticides according to label recommendations.
10. Maintains fleet and tool inventory. Oversees the safe operation, maintenance, and repair of various landscaping equipment such as backhoes, tractors and implements, specialized mowers, and various heavy equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
11. May work outside of normal operating hours and days to manage special events, emergencies, and inclement weather.
12. May be responsible for meeting and maintaining training and certification requirements as outlined by the applicable department’s training and credentialing requirements. May perform other landscape-related duties as assigned.