Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Infrastructure Properties and Planning 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 Grounds Department is looking for a motivated and hard working individual to join their team! This person would perform skilled landscape maintenance and/or landscape construction tasks including but not limited to landscape design, tree/shrub transplanting, pruning and removals, flower bed design/selection, and agri-chemical applications. This individual would perform manual labor for general landscape maintenance and/or landscape construction tasks including but not limited to: turf maintenance, plant/bed maintenance, litter control, snow removal, and other duties as assigned. Be prepared to operate a wide variety of landscape maintenance and snow removal equipment. Prompt reporting of unsafe conditions or damage to campus landscape, equipment, or facilities is required as well. Overall, this person will provide technical support for all Grounds Department activities.

This position is subject to call-in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to handle emergencies, especially snow 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. Be prepared to work in weather related extremes of heat and cold for extended periods of time. Coming into contact with sewage and dead animals is also possible.

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.

Required Qualifications

A High School Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of three year experience, to include one (1) year leadership experience in grounds maintenance or related field w/emphasis on ornamental plant care are required.

Additional requirements are as follows:

  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license; may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to/from job sites.
  • Will be required to obtain NYS pesticide applicator’s license category 3a within 3 years of hire date.
  • Excellent interpersonal (oral and written) skills in order to interact with a diverse range of people.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • A strong customer service orientation while providing a helpful and friendly approach to serving the campus community.
  • Is motivated to learn and takes initiative to be proactive. Ability to work independently without immediate supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing independent judgment and problem solving to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.
  • If you have all, or can do all, those things, GREAT!

Additionally, we would prefer to find someone with the following qualifications (but it's okay if you don't!):

  • Current pesticide applicator’s license preferred.
  • Experience in landscape maintenance and snow removal in a commercial or high volume residential landscape setting preferred.
  • Associates Degree and or additional education/training in applied plant sciences (e.g. arboriculture, ornamental horticulture, phytopathology, agronomy).

Working Environment

  • Typically lifts more than 50 lbs
  • Acute concentration/ eye-hand coordination
  • Highly toxic chemicals