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Grounds Supervisor


Reed College seeks a dedicated person to be our next Grounds Supervisor. The Grounds Supervisor manages all campus services related to sustainable, general landscape maintenance activities, including leading and coordinating the work of the grounds staff. The Supervisor leads in a manner consistent with the best in environmental and sustainable practices and works closely with the Assistant Director of Facilities Operations in the development and implementation of a campus landscape plan. You’ll work with talented and creative people on engaging facilities projects.

The Grounds Maintenance Department is the steward of more than 100 acres of exterior environments at Reed campus. The Grounds Department provides planning, design, installation and maintenance to ensure a beautiful, safe and welcoming campus for all users, throughout the year.

The Grounds Supervisor role is full-time (40 hours/week) with supervisory responsibilities. The annual salary for this position is $65,000. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, 7 paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.


  • You give feedback in a way that’s thoughtful and helpful and you’re good at receiving feedback.
  • You’ve been commended for your outstanding skills in organizing and prioritizing work.
  • You prefer a team environment at work, but are able to work alone.
  • You’re a continual learner - you watch videos, attend trainings and take classes to keep up with what’s new.
  • You bring an important aspect of diversity and a fresh perspective to our team.
  • You can clearly articulate your ideas to others.
  • You are familiar with northwest plants selection and landscape design. You have experience planting, maintaining, treating and removing turf, trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • You understand the wants and needs of both internal and external customers and have outstanding skill prioritizing those needs.
  • You have a keen ability to motivate staff, students and volunteers to accomplish the goals of the department and help develop goals of direct reports.
  • You demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and ability to handle multiple projects at one time, requiring face to face, phone and/or written communication.
  • You have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with college staff, students and the general public.
  • You are comfortable with small administrative tasks such as monitoring budget, approving timesheets and computer applications.


  • Supervises the work of groundskeepers, equipment operators, and other personnel necessary to maintain the campus grounds and athletic fields.
  • Inspects the work of assigned staff, as well as contracted services; Directs corrective measures to insure satisfactory performance.
  • Assigns and coordinates on-going work and special projects.
  • Responsible for the landscape service contracts for on-campus and off-campus properties to include effective completion and ongoing oversight.
  • Completes required paperwork and maintains work areas in a neat and orderly manner.
  • Investigates problems and performs basic maintenance and repair of College grounds including lawns, plant, and paved areas.
  • Plans and designs landscape; selects plants and flowers for plantings.


Four years of general landscape maintenance experience, including two years of experience leading a landscape maintenance crew. Post high school training in horticultural science or landscape design is preferred or any combination of experience and education to perform the duties of the job. A valid driver's license and pre-employment physical is required. OSDA pesticide application license is preferred.


Work is performed both indoors and outdoors with frequent exposure to weather conditions. Physical effort may be required to lift heavy objects. Responds to on-campus emergency calls during and after hours. Periodic adjustments to work schedule may be necessary to meet department requirements.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. However priority will be given to those who apply before March 18, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The estimated start date for this position is May 1, 2019.

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.