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Grounds Maintenance Associate Location: Grand Prairie, TX #638875

Department: Grounds Maintenance
Reports To: Grounds Maintenance Foreman
Employment Status: Full-Time

Position Overview:

The Grounds Maintenance Associate is responsible for the upkeep and care of the landscape on their assigned property; and will participate in activities necessary to maintaining trees, shrubs, turf, and landscape beds over the entire property.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Responsible for the completion of maintenance activities including but not limited to mowing, weed trimming, shrubs trimming, general clean up, and watering.
• Install small landscapes, annuals, and perennials.
• May perform some chemical applications (including weed control, and fertilizer).
• Perform bed maintenance, including weeding, and mulching.
• Cooperate with other personnel in completing assigned tasks as productive team member.
• Construct and maintain shrub and turf areas on the property; pruning shrubs, trees, and undergrowth; mowing of turf areas.
• Operate a variety of light duty maintenance equipment necessary to create, maintain, and repair grounds. Examples of equipment operated include: pickups, dump trucks, front-end loaders, a variety of mowers and tractors with attachments.
• Assist in the installation and maintenance of trees, turf, shrub beds and irrigation systems.
• Maintain an adequate inventory of supplies and equipment.
• Respond to questions, complaints, and requests from the public in a courteous and helpful manner.
• Mow, edge, trim, and rake lawns; plant, cultivate, and water lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers; operated a zero turn mower, push mower, tractor, chain saw, blower, chipper, sweeper, trimmer, edger, and weed eater.
• Rake, sweep, blow, and pick up clippings, paper, and trash from landscaped areas; clean storm drains and gutters.

Required Education, Work Experience, and Competencies

Education, Work Experience, and Certifications

1. Have some experience involving parks or grounds maintenance; landscape construction and/or maintenance or any other labor intensive work that directly involves the skills required to operate machinery, small tools, power tools, vehicles or equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of safe work procedures in the operation of hand and power tools and equipment.
2. Knowledge of defensive driving methods.
3. Ability to perform specialized grounds keeping duties in the care and maintenance of properties.
4. Ability to utilize independent judgment in performing grounds maintenance activities.
5. Ability to work cooperatively with others.
6. Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.

Work Conditions:

1. Will typically work outdoors with exposure to a variety of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold. Work assignments are labor intensive which require the physical ability to stand and/or walk while manipulating a variety of tools to perform assigned tasks. Must have the ability to navigate on uneven terrain, bend, crouch, reach, and lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis.
General Competencies

Cognitive Skills:

Learning Continuously, Enjoy thinking, learning, and mental activity; actively pursue intellectual interests; concentrate and study hard. Continuously develop skills and knowledge required for business growth. Keep current on industry trends, technology, competition, and company issues. Use challenges and experiences as opportunities to learn. Learn from mistakes, setbacks, and successes.

Communication Skills: Listening and Demonstrate attention to and convey understanding of the comments and questions of others; listen well in a group without interrupting; interpret both the words spoken and the body language used by others; uses paraphrasing and body language to convey understanding.

Oral Communication: Discuss ideas in a clear, succinct, organized, and interested manner; effectively get one’s message across in a one-on-one and/or group situation; use supporting material effectively; draw out information, ideas, and solutions form others rather than directing or telling.

Interpersonal/Teaming Skills: Interpersonal Flexibility. Accurately interpret interpersonal cues and appropriately modify one’s own behavior to accommodate situations or individuals. Treat others with respect, even when disagreeing; deliver feedback with tact; show respect for the concerns of others.

Team Commitment:
Demonstrate personal commitment to team mission, vision, and accomplishments; show a strong willingness to carry out the group’s goals; help others make their best contribution to the team; have pride in working for the organizations (with the group); willing to make personal sacrifices for the organization when necessary.

Leadership:Fostering Teamwork. Encourage teamwork by building cohesive, results-oriented teams committed to organizational goals; build a team culture that draws on the strengths of diverse team members; foster collaboration and synergy among team members and among teams.

Valuing Diversity: Maintain effectiveness in varying environments and with different tasks. Modify behavior to interact with people of dissimilar styles and backgrounds. Communicate effectively in multi-cultural/national settings. Achieve organizational goals in support of and development of a diverse work force.

Administrative Skills: Attention to Detail. Accomplish tasks through concern for all areas involved, no matter how small; show concern for all aspects of the job; accurately check processes and tasks; maintain watchfulness over a period of time.

Working Efficiently: Set priorities and allocate time appropriately; address issues systematically, process paperwork rapidly and thoroughly.

Personal Characteristics: Accountability. Accept responsibility for starting, controlling, and concluding job tasks and assignments. Also accept responsibility for the consequences of one’s behavior; accept feedback openly and non-defensively.

Achievement Orientation: Make active attempts to achieve goals; self-starter rather than passive; take action to achieve more than what is required; proactive. Is a “doer” as well as a thinker; results focused; will drive through change, and influence others to display similar behavior.

Adaptability: Maintain effectiveness in varying environments and with different tasks, responsibilities, and people.

Energy: Consistently maintain a high productivity level and sustain long work hours.

Flexibility: Able to react to the reality of current situations; adjust to multiple demands, shifting priorities, ambiguity, and rapid change; accept and adapt to new or alternative approaches.

Initiative: Self-starting, originate actions; begin a job without being prompted; do more than the minimum called for. Attempt to influence events to achieve goals; recommend solutions to problems. Set high standards of performance for self and others.

Innovation and Resourcefulness: Generate and/or recognize imaginative, creative solutions in work related situations. Readily draw from a large pool of resources or information. Devise original, unusual, successful solutions, programs or actions. Develop new approaches for situations in which standard approaches do not apply. Demonstrate ability to synthesize apparently unrelated principles into a new concept and/or to create new ideas without previous models.

Integrity: Reliably keep promises; tell the truth; follow through on commitments; demonstrate principled leadership and sound business ethics; show consistency among principles, values, and behavior.

Motivation: Set and accomplish challenging goals because of internally generated feelings of achievement; seek increasing responsibility on the job; readily put in extra time and effort. Motivate others by encouraging and empowering behaviors; work with others to establish challenging but realistic goals; create enthusiasm, a feeling of investment, and a desire to excel. Persevere in the face of obstacles; put in sustained effort for long periods.

Organizational and Business Knowledge Skills: Customer Focus. Listen to and understand customer (both internal and external); anticipate customer needs; give high priority to customer satisfactions. Continually search for ways to improve customer service; seek feedback from customers; impress customers with exceptional service or work. Demonstrate knowledge of the customer’s business.