Certified Grounds Seasonal / Custodial Services

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Department: Grounds
Position Type: Staff Full-time
Categories: Grounds

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Pay Classification: Union (Bi-Weekly)
Position FTE: 1.0

Position Overview:

The Certified Grounds Seasonal / Custodial Services position perform maintenance duties on the Campus grounds and related equipment and interior cleaning and maintenance.


  • Typical Grounds work schedule is Monday- Friday, 7:00AM - 3:30PM approximately April 15 through October 15.
  • Typical Custodial Services work schedule is Monday- Friday, 5:00AM -1:30PM approximately October 15 through April 15.

(Employees may be reassigned to Grounds during the winter months for snow emergencies or to Custodial Services during the growing season to meet departmental needs at peak hours).

Salary: $18.15 to $24.20 per hour dependent upon qualifications 

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities:


  • Capable of performing all duties related to the maintenance and improvement of College grounds, including turf, landscape plantings and structures, walks, roads, and athletic fields on a seasonal basis.
  • Maintenance, accurate record keeping of service intervals, and routine trouble shooting and repair of related equipment. Identify needs for periodic and major equipment repair and maintenance.
  • Adaptability to flex work schedule and temporary schedule changes, particularly for snow removal, storm damage, flooding, and other emergencies or special events.

Custodial Services:

  • Lock and unlock interior and exterior doors as directed.
  • Vacuum and spot carpet and fabric furniture.
  • Report items in need of repair or replacement.
  • Guide and assist in training student employees.
  • Maintain inventory and supply order.
  • Acquire and maintain knowledge of job-related chemicals, proper labeling and environmental health and physical concerns.
  • Maintain safety, cleanliness, proper storage and use of equipment, vehicles, and personal safety equipment.
  • Removal of trash and recycling from assigned areas.
  • Dusting, washing windows, replace light bulbs and clean light fixtures.
  • Clean writing boards and maintain supply of chalk and erasers.
  • Clean and service lavatories, locker rooms, shower rooms, lounges and kitchenettes.
  • Maintain and/or renew hard floors surfaces.
  • Perform laundry related duties as directed.
  • Distribution and collection of linens, roll away beds and bed making duties, when necessary.
  • Assist with student storage.
  • Assist with sweeping/shoveling snow from all steps, walks, porches and terraces as directed, servicing smoke urns and policing grounds.
  • Move supplies, equipment, and furniture as directed and set room according to custodial work sheet and/or customer specifications.
  • Perform pest control duties.
  • Assist in coverage of absent custodial personnel job responsibilities.
  • Any other duties assigned to you by your supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum high school graduate or GED.
  • Required to have two industry certifications (as approved by the supervisor). Some examples include:
    • MNLA Certified Professional.
    • MDA Pesticide Applicator License Category A, E & P.
    • MDA Pesticide Applicator License Category F aquatics.
      • Currently available to one staff as a second certification.
      • Must obtain A,E & P prior to F.
    • Certified Irrigation Technician.
    • DNR Certified Tree Inspector.
    • ISA Certified Arborist.
  • Minimum 500 hours of relevant green industry experience, including the operation of motorized hand tools and riding equipment.
  • Training and experience in operation, repair, and preventative maintenance of related equipment.
  • Energized, positive, outgoing attitude with personal growth goals. A belief in the importance of a positive customer/client experience.
  • Strong attention to detail and an organized, self-starter.

Other Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of a pre-employment physical screening exam, administered by a provider contracted by the College.
    • Including physically able to lift/carry 50 pounds repetitively on an occasional basis.
  • Completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Possessing and maintaining a valid Minnesota driver's license and insurability as determined by the College insurance provider.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Additional education in turf maintenance, horticulture, landscaping, landscape construction, irrigation, and mechanical repair and maintenance is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the end of day Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a union level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, pension plan, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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