Jun 17, 2022


  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Claremont, CA, USA
Full-Time Construction Facilities General Labor Installation - Maint - Repair Other Skilled Labor

Job Description




Under general supervision, the Groundskeeper independently performs a variety of assigned duties related to the groundskeeping operations on Harvey Mudd College’s property.  This position performs semi-skilled work in the care and culture of lawns, plants, and flowers. Routine and non-routine duties include but are not limited to the maintenance of outdoor lighting, walkways, patios, signs, irrigation systems, outdoor athletic courts, and fields; and establishing and maintaining 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. 

About Harvey Mudd College: 

Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions.  According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature.  The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”


  • Clean and maintain residence hall courtyards including trash clean up and removal, fire pit clean up and power washing of the entire courtyard as necessary.
  • Mow lawns; rake leaves; sweep walkways; plant, cultivate, fertilize, prune, trim and otherwise maintain lawns, flowers, ground covers, shrubs, and trees.
  • Familiarity with grounds equipment and/or willingness to learn to 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.
  • Dispose of trash and other debris; remove graffiti and power wash where necessary.
  • Use a compactor for trash and recycling, cardboard bailers and waste composters.
  • Maintain power and non-power 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 athletics fields.
  • Report repairs as needed.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Other tasks

  • Performs minor repairs, including minor plumbing, irrigation repairs, mechanical or electrical repairs, related to the maintenance of the grounds.
  • Participate in emergency response activities; respond to emergency situations, including turning off water and gas and other appropriate actions.

Safety and Work Habits

  • Maintain an acceptable attendance record, punctuality and meet 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.


  • 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 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.
  • Willingness to learn and work with chemicals and biological materials.
  • Ability to drive, trucks, vans, golf carts, and other riding equipment in a safe and efficient manner on public roads and campus while maintaining the safety of people and property.
  • Willing and able to work overtime in emergency situations.    


  • A functional capacity test is required.
  • 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.
  • Able to work comfortably outdoors during all season and weather conditions.


Education and Experience: 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.

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

Grooming:  Harvey Mudd College seeks to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. A uniform is required and will be provided.  Use of personal protective equipment and other safety equipment will be provided when required by an assignment.


A minimum of one-year paid employment experience in groundskeeping assignments including the use of groundskeeping equipment and tools preferred.


Hours:  Hours are 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Hours may vary due to the needs of the department or College.  Must be able and willing to work weekends and holidays as assigned. 

Classification & Status:  This is a full-time, benefits- eligible, 12-month per year, non-exempt position.

Reporting: This position reports to the Grounds Services Manager.

Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory results returned from a background check to be conducted by the College.


Application Procedures:  

Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about 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. 

All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 vaccine booster and provide proof of vaccination and booster, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.

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 of time; 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.

June 2022



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