Cornell University Gardener SO-06 in Ithaca, New York

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.

Facilities Management (FM) provides maintenance, grounds, and custodial services to the entire campus. The Grounds Department is looked for dedicated temporary construction workers with full time availability beginning as soon as possible!

The Cornell Grounds Department is currently seeking a motivated and hard working individual to join their team as an SO-06 Landscape Gardener! In this position you'll 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
  • Agri-chemical applications.

You'll also 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
  • Other duties as assigned

You'll operate a wide variety of landscape maintenance and snow removal equipment and promptly report unsafe conditions or damage to campus landscape, equipment, or facilities.

Overall, plan to 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 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 is also possible and the nature of this work could cause you to come into contact with sewage and dead animals.

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.

What we need:

A High School Diploma or equivalent is required for this position as well as a minimum of three years of experience, to include one (1) year of leadership experience in grounds maintenance or a related field with an emphasis on ornamental plant care. 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/from job sites. You will be required to obtain NYS pesticide applicator's license category 3a within 3 years of your hire date. It's important that the individual filling this role has excellent interpersonal (oral and written) skills in order to interact with a diverse range of people as well as a 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 also required and it's important this this person is motivated to learn and takes initiative to be proactive. Lastly, the ability to work independently without immediate supervision as well as a demonstrated experience utilizing independent judgment and problem solving to ensure a safe and efficient work environment is also required.

We'd prefer that you already have a current pesticide license as well as experience in landscape maintenance and snow removal in a commercial or high volume residential landscape setting. We'd also prefer that the person filling this role has an Associates Degree and/or additional education/training in applied plant sciences (i.e. arboriculture, ornamental horticulture, phytopathology, agronomy.)
If you have any of these preferred qualifications, GREAT! But if not, don't let that stop you from applying!

University Job Title:
Gardener S06
Pay Rate Type:
Contact Name:
Emily Riley
Number of Openings:

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