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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3406344
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : November 24, 2020

Job Description

Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.


The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school’s success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.



 Position Title:  Grounds Maintenance Lead Technician      FLSA:   NON-EXEMPT


 Department:     Facilities                                                         FTE:     1.0


 Reports to:      Grounds Supervisor                                       EEO:    8         




The Grounds Maintenance Lead Technician performs a wide variety of duties in the area of grounds and sports maintenance in a landscaped and forested, 67-acre campus.  These include safe and proficient equipment operation, pruning, irrigation, gardening, mowing, repairs, integrated pest control, waste removal, and reporting conditions and issues to the Grounds Maintenance Supervisor.  The Lead Technician also assists Supervisor with training, coaching, and overseeing daily work of grounds team members, with emphasis on sports fields, lawns, beds, mowing, arbor care, irrigation, and hard surfaces maintenance on the campus. Also monitors safety measures and team assignments.



  • Perform and lead routine grounds maintenance tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision
  • Investigate problems and perform maintenance and repair of school grounds including lawns, fields, irrigation systems, plant and paved areas, and natural areas of campus
  • Execute daily operational decisions when Grounds Supervisor is off site
    • In the absence of the Grounds Supervisor and during peak times, this position may coordinate grounds related activities involving contractors, part time employees, and a variety of volunteers and volunteer groups
  • Follow safe work practices and actively contribute to the safety of self, coworkers, and the campus users
  • Effectively and safely operate and maintain tools and equipment of the landscape trade including, but not limited to, tractors, mowers, golf carts, and snow removal equipment
  • Performs preventive and basic maintenance of equipment making minor repairs and adjustments as needed
  • Maintain accurate reports and records; participate in planning, developing, proposing, and implementing schedules for grounds maintenance
  • Monitor irrigation schedules and watering requirements and maintain irrigation systems
  • Create a positive experience for the community through professional and courteous behavior and creative problem resolution
  • Clear hard surfaces including pavement, sidewalks, and roofs of debris, snow, and ice
  • Work cooperatively within the Grounds team and as a member of the Facilities team
  • Operate specialty equipment including, but not limited to, Aerial Work Platform, skid steer, excavator, and center pivot loader
  • Drives vehicles between campus areas, to pick up supplies, or go to landfill
  • Utilize mapping, word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Read and interpret blueprints
  • Identify, analyze, and develop alternative solutions to resolve problems in a timely manner
  • Monitor own work and other team members to ensure quality, accuracy, and thoroughness
  • Regular, consistent attendance is required




  • Participate in developing schedules for grounds maintenance
  • Actively support the school through participation in the variety of activities that make the Catlin Gabel School a vibrant community
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and training to support Catlin Gabel mission
  • Attend departmental and schoolwide employee meetings
  • Complete other work as assigned by the Grounds Supervisor



  • Demonstrated expertise in general groundskeeping practices and procedures
  • Effective, responsive, and prompt communication with team members, supervisor, and school community
  • Time management skills to plan, conduct, and lead team members and others in performing the full range of maintenance duties
  • Skill to provide clear direction, safety measures, and training for team members on work tasks
  • Ability to read and communicate in English to complete job assignments, understand work requests, ensure safe use of equipment and chemicals, and read blueprints
  • Ability to work independently, apply good judgement to prioritize tasks, and complete assignments without constant supervision
  • Reasonable analytic and problem-solving abilities, situational awareness, and demonstrated understanding of the risks of conducting maintenance operations in a school environment
  • Working knowledge of algebra and geometry and understanding of mathematical principles to calculate and measure for purposes including but not limited to sports field lining, and pesticide, fertilizer, and seed application
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in grounds machinery operation and troubleshooting
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in pruning native and ornamental shrubs and trees
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in irrigation operation, troubleshooting, and repairs



This role requires daily interaction with facilities team, frequent contact with faculty, staff, and students, with occasional contact with parents, trustees, alumni and visitors.



  • At least five years’ experience in landscaping, grounds maintenance, or equivalent field, including three years leading a work crew
  • ODA Commercial Pesticide Applicators License with a School Integrated Pest Management category at time of employment or ability to attain within the first 90 days of employment
  • Course work in horticulture or landscape maintenance preferred
  • Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License and have safe driving record to meet school standards
  • Bilingual capabilities a plus



This position is not supervisory.  Leads team and occasionally fills in for Grounds Supervisor.



The requirements listed below are representative of physical requirements and may not be all-encompassing.  Incumbents must be able to perform job duties with or without accommodations. 

  • Work is performed primarily outside with frequent exposure to weather conditions, varying degrees of noise and temperature.
  • Frequent operation of machinery such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers, tractors, etc.
  • Requires mobility to traverse campus either by foot or mobilized machine
    • This includes moving up and down stairs or hills between facilities multiple times throughout the workday
  • Regularly ascends, descends ladders to perform work on roofs, for arbor care or other maintenance
  • Frequent lifting and moving of materials up to 60 lbs. related to machinery, landscaping (e.g. pruned branches, bushes, mowed grass, etc.), fencing
  • Frequent bending, squatting, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, and kneeling
  • Must be able to follow guidelines for safety and use protective equipment as necessary
  • Carries work phone during shift


Schedule: This position is year-round, full time at 40 hours a week. Specific days and hours will be determined by the Grounds Supervisor. Requires occasional mandatory evening and weekend overtime work.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Support Staff > Custodian
    Support Staff > Maintenance
  • Contact Information

    • Linda Yoesel , Director of Human Reosurces
    • 8825 SW Barnes Rd.
    • Portland, Oregon 97225

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