Grounds Manager

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The Grounds Manager will be responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the physical grounds of a 50+ acre garden-style apartment complex located in Westchester, NY. The grounds consists of streetscapes, green courtyards under renovation for passive recreation, a brook, a large lawn area adjoining a lake, and a lake edge under renovation.

Additionally, the grounds encompass hardscape areas like playgrounds, sidewalks, benches, pet stations, trash corrals and a storm drainage system. There are many mature trees and a planting program is under way to create a succession planting. The Grounds Manager will direct all personnel under their supervision and report directly to the General Manager; work closely with the Horticulture Supervisor; coordinate with Landscape Designer and Landscape Consultant; and ensure that the property is maintained at all times in good physical condition.

Responsibilities/Duties

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • The Grounds Manager, through direct supervision of the Landscape and Utility Department oversees all grounds staff (between 5-8 union staff members including the Horticulture Supervisor) employed at the property.
  • Train and be responsible for work performed by all grounds staff members under his/her direction.
  • Positively motivate on-site personnel, ensuring quality performance and retention of staff
  • Adhere to all company personnel directives and procedures

Administrative

  • Promote positive resident relations as well as positive employee relations.
  • Manage seasonal preparation processes
  • Work with Inventory Manager to purchase necessary supplies and tools in accordance with company policy.
  • Continually inspect all aspects of the grounds (including but not limited to the drainage system, culverts, dam, playgrounds, sidewalks, garbage corrals, plantings, lawns, etc).
  • Ensure that residents are provided with a clean and well-maintained community.
  • Work within the established budget and notify the General Manager of any possible variations.
  • Budget planning and tracking improvement projects over the course of the year
  • Complete Weekly Grounds Report
  • Meet Federal, State, and local government standards.
  • Compliance with local noise laws

Maintenance

  • Ensure proper protocol is followed at all times and ensure our quality standards are achieved.
  • Oversee snow removal process, including snow and ice removal from paths, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.
  • Oversee Waste Management Process (i.e., garbage collection, recycling, bulk furniture removal, construction debris, Dumpster and Compactor as well as maintain the Compost Area in coordination with the Horticulture Supervisor)
  • Ensure emergency weather events are handled safely and efficiently
  • Oversee, provide guidance, and work closely with the Horticulture Supervisor to:
  • Manage Turf with mowing and trimming
  • Maintain Beds with edging, weeding, and applying mulch
  • Maintain Shrubs and Small Trees based on pruning plan
  • Work with Landscape Designer to create new plantings throughout property: planting shrubs small trees, perennial and annual flowers.
  • Work with Arborist and Landscape Designer to create new succession tree plantings.
  • Monitor trees and report any safety concerns immediately to General Manager
  • Manage water needs of new trees/shrubs/turfgrass, seasonal annuals, existing plants during times of drought and irrigation system at Shoreview Lawn.
  • General Maintenance of the property that includes blowing, sweeping, and raking.
  • Manage fall leaf clean up including mulch mowing.
  • Manage lake care and invasive plants.
  • Oversee grounds related Vendors ensuring compliance with contracts and quality standards
  • Manage Tree Contractor(s) for tree maintenance work and storm clean up.
  • Coordination with the City of Yonkers for tree pruning and removals
  • Inspect and Maintain Playgrounds to the highest safety standards and report any issues immediately to the Manager
  • Keep paths, sidewalks, and parking lots clean and free of debris
  • Maintain the Brook, Lake, Dam and Drains to be free from debris
  • Respond to flooding issues to maintain safety of the property and avoid damage to property
  • Report any safety issues immediately to the General Manager

Vehicles and Equipment

  • Ensure that all Trucks are inspected Daily before and after use
  • Ensure that all vehicles and equipment are operated in a safe and responsible manner at all times
  • Perform basic maintenance of landscape equipment
  • Manage equipment inventory, equipment servicing, and repairs
  • Maintenance of tools used for landscape work (i.e., sheers, pruners, hand saw, etc)
  • Keep garages clean and free of debris and obstacles, or safety hazards
  • Maintain Driver’s License in good standing

Reporting Responsibilities

  • This position reports directly to the General Manager.
  • Assist the General Manager in reporting for the Grounds department
  • Works in close coordination with Landscape Designer and Consultant

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Five years’ experience in Grounds management.
  • 2-year Degree in Horticulture or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to use computer, office software, and communicate by email.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • NYS DEC License Category 3A

If you are interested in applying, please contact Theresa Pena at TPena@woodner.com.

Additional Information

Contact Information

The Woodner Company
Contact Name: Theresa Pena
Email: tpena@woodner.com
Phone: 9147792200