Jun 03, 2024


$16.74 - $20.93 hourly
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Platt Campus Center, East Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA, USA
Contractor Facilities Skilled Labor

Job Description

Job Description:

Position Summary:

The Groundskeeper independently performs a variety of assigned duties related to the groundskeeping operations on Harvey Mudd College’s property.  This position performs routine and non-routine duties; assists with the maintenance of outdoor lighting, walkways, patios, signs, irrigation systems, outdoor athletic courts, and fields; and establishes and maintains a variety of plant life.  The Groundskeeper is expected to safely use and maintain all related groundskeeping equipment and perform a variety of tasks requiring physical dexterity, safe work practices, and a knowledge of groundskeeping chemicals, methods, procedures, supplies and equipment.  



At Harvey Mudd College, we value you and the contributions you make to our success. We offer a comprehensive and flexible benefits package.

  • Medical Benefits
  • Dental Benefits
  • Vision Benefits
  • Retirement Plan after 1 year of employment (12% employer contribution- no employee contribution needed)
  • Dependent Collegiate Scholarship Program (50% of tuition and mandatory fees at any college that your student is accepted. For eligible employees, subject to policy requirements.)  
  • 11 Paid Holidays for 2024
  • Paid Sick, Vacation & Personal days
  • College provided uniforms and work tools
  • Free employee parking available
  • Fun express discounts (substantial savings on admissions to amusement and water parks, museums, movie passes, dinner theaters and a host of family friendly activities)



The anticipated starting salary range is $16.74/hour - $20.93/hour .  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Mow lawns; rake leaves; sweep walkways; plant, cultivate, fertilize, prune, trim and otherwise maintain lawns, flowers, ground covers, shrubs, and trees.
  • Use powered blowers, lawn mowers, edgers, hedge trimmers and other powered equipment.
  • Under close supervision, apply weed control chemicals.  Set out bait and/or traps for gophers, ground squirrels and the like, and dispose of carcasses in accordance with procedures.
  • Disposes of trash and other debris; remove graffiti.
  • Maintain powered and non-powered equipment and tools.
  • Clean building roofs and gutters; remove and dispose of trash and other roof debris.
  • Maintain inventory of all assigned tools, supplies and equipment.
  • Participate in composting and mulching activities.
  • Participate in marking of athletic fields.
  • Performs minor repairs, including minor plumbing, irrigation, mechanical or electrical repairs, related to the maintenance of the grounds.
  • Participate in emergency response training and activities; respond to emergency situations, including turning off water and gas and other appropriate actions.
  • Report repairs as needed.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.



Assignments include day shifts; (e.g. Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.); swing shifts and graveyard shifts and may be required. Hours may vary due to the needs of the department or College.  Must be able and willing to work weekends and holidays as assigned.



This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-exempt position.


Grooming and Appearance: 

The College always seeks to maintain a neat and professional image.  A uniform is provided and required. Good personal hygiene is required. Use of personal protective equipment and other safety equipment will be provided when required by an assignment.



A functional capacity test and background check is required.



This position reports to the Grounds Services Manager.


Application Process:

Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment  to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information on how to submit an application.   Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.


Deadline to apply:

Position will remain open until filled.


Additional Information:

This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Regular employment at the College is for no specified period; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

Harvey Mudd College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran’s status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Harvey Mudd College you must apply for each position for which you believe you are qualified. 


Janitorial & Cleaning, Landscaping




The anticipated starting salary range is $16.74/hour - $20.93/hour . Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

Job Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of maintenance, use, safe operation and repair of cleaning supplies, and tools and equipment. Knowledge of cleaning chemicals and safe work practices and procedures.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and proven skills in providing quality customer service.
  • Problem-solving skills and sound judgment.
  • Ability to effectively work individually or in teams as well as with diverse groups.
  • Personal integrity and ability to interact and work successfully with individuals with varying abilities, backgrounds, interests, and beliefs.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively in a service-oriented environment subject to frequently changing priorities.
  • Ability to observe and practice safe working habits and maintain security of buildings and systems.
  • Ability to use fire extinguishers.
  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, climb, push, pull, stoop, twist, stretch, lift up to 50 pounds from ground to waist level without assistance, climb ladders up to 20 feet with assistance and up to 10 feet unassisted, and be able to work on feet for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently clean and maintain an assigned area within a predetermined time schedule.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on assigned tasks without continuous supervision.
  • Initiative and follow-up skills.
  • Willing and able to work overtime in emergency situations.
  • Maintain an acceptable attendance record, punctuality, and meeting deadlines.
  • Maintain a functional awareness of the typical hazards of the workplace as well as the special hazards that may be encountered at the College such as biohazards, radiation, chemicals, etc.
  • Follow established procedures for dealing with such potential hazards.
  • Promptly report accidents on the job and prepare and submit required accident reports.



Education: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school or any combination of education, training or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and ability.


Experience: Requires minimum of one year paid employment experience in groundskeeping assignments.


Licenses/Certifications: Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurance carrier.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.        

  • Ability to safely lift 50 pounds, unassisted to waist level.
  • Ability to stand, walk, bend, climb, push, pull, stoop, twist, grasp hand tools, climb ladders up to 20 feet with assistance and ten feet unassisted; ability to work on feet for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to move through limited access spaces.
  • Must be able to satisfactorily complete a post-offer physical exam.

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