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Assistant Grounds Superintendent

Brown University
Job Location:
Providence, Rhode Island
Facilities Management
About Us
Facilities Management is an exceptionally talented team built from a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about providing the highest levels of quality craftsmanship, customer service, and teamwork through sustainable practices and who take pride in supporting the mission of the University and Facilities Management “We Care” principle values.

Position Summary
Plan and supervise in conjunction with the Grounds Superintendent, all aspects of grounds maintenance on the University’s 146 acres that are comprised of open spaces distinguished as greens, practice fields, synthetic surfaces, athletic game fields, Meehan ice rink, open walkways, parking lots, and green roofs. Within this acreage are shrubs, ground cover, annual and perennial plants, trees (over 100 separate species), 50 acres of fine athletic turf and synthetic fields, specialty and historical gardens (including Rochambeau, Nightingale, the gardens of the President’s house etc.), roads, walkways, and other hardscape surfaces, fences, irrigation systems and outdoor trash removal. The Assistant Superintendent will assist with managing staff, including all in-house grounds staffing operations as well as all associated contract services.

Job Qualifications and Competencies
  • Bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science (Agronomy), Environmental Horticultural, Forestry or related field.
  • Must hold a current Commercial Pesticide Applicators Certificate in Categories 3A or 3B.
  • 5-7 years of experience (minimum of 3 years managing staff in a union environment preferred)
  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
  • Must maintain required licenses as a condition of employment
  • Considerable knowledge of strategic budget practices, employee management, and working with vendor contracts and services
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods, practices, equipment, tools and materials of the trade
  • Skill in the installation, repair, programming, and maintenance of computer controlled irrigation system.
  • Ability to assign, lay out and supervise the work of skilled and semi-skilled maintenance workers
  • Understand application of mathematics in properly proportioning and applying seed, plant growth regulators, fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals.
  • Ability to read blueprints, plans, and specifications
  • Ability to analyze maintenance, repair, and construction data and make recommendations pertaining to safety, quality, and efficiency
  • Ability to supervise, train, and evaluate the work of others
  • Ability to read, interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to complete accurate records, including time and material costs
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local codes.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Computer skills (Google platform, CMMS, Excel, Word, email)
  • Ability to foster a collaborative, team centered environment
  • Must be able to work effectively with a diverse population
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus environment
Additional physical demands and working conditions:
  • Physical demands: Regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk, use hands to feel and use hands and arms to reach. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. May be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment to include steel toed shoes, or non – slippery shoes, eye protection, nitrile and leather gloves.
  • Must be able to walk , stand climb stairs for long durations of time during and outside of shifts
  • Must be able to work under adverse temperatures and /or weather conditions
  • Report to work if required on holidays, winter break, nights, weekends, and on call 7 days per week
  • During emergency scenarios this position may require hands-on work.
  • This position may require additional work hours beyond a normal work week schedule based on departmental needs.
  • Position is classified as on-site


Brown offers competitive benefits such as a generous retirement plan and education programs; details are available on our website.

To Apply

  • Please apply through the Brown Careers Page: click here.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background check and education requirements.

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.
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