Lead Hand, Grounds and Roads, Facilities

The University of Calgary - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Position Overview

The Department of Grounds and Roads in Facilities is currently seeking a Full-time Lead Hand, Grounds and Roads.

Operations and Maintenance (O&M), is responsible to ensure that building structures and systems for all University owned and leased properties are operated and maintained in a reliable, efficient and cost effective manner to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment in which campus users can carry out their activities.

The Municipal Services unit is responsible for the maintenance of the University's outdoor environment including year around maintenance and repair of soft/hard landscaping elements including planted areas, lawns, irrigation, roads, sidewalks, storm sewers, and underground utilities. In the winter months activities are snow and ice control on sidewalks, roadways and parking lots and for installation and maintenance of plantings within buildings.

This position reports to the Municipal Services Supervisor. Work is performed under minimal supervision.

Under the direction of the Supervisor, serves as crew leader for the University of Calgary’s Municipal Services Department; plans and coordinates the activities of assigned maintenance work crews/contractors; participates in maintaining soft and hard landscapes, the irrigation system, underground utilities; provides general maintenance assistance to other departments; prepares maintenance records and documentation; and performs other related duties.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

The Lead Hand assists the supervisor with staff training, work scheduling and overseeing work projects for crews of varying sizes, as well as staff and contractors engaged in soft/hard landscape maintenance and repair activities at the Main, Spyhill, Foothills, Barrier Lake and Priddis Observatory campus supported areas. Work at this level requires a high level of expertise and thorough knowledge of recognized practices and techniques in the field of Horticulture, Environmental Management, and maintenance and repairs of soft and hard landscapes.

Performs routine skilled work relating to soft and hard landscape maintenance and repairs. Duties, depending on the season, will include, as directed:

Cultivating, transplanting, watering and maintaining lawns, shrubs, trees and flowers and mowing and trimming of grass using manual or powered tools and equipment.
Mowing of large lawn areas using the front-deck riding mower or the side-folding reel riding mower, and performing cleaning and lubrication on assigned mowers as instructed.
Hand cultivating and maintaining flower and shrub beds using hand tools.
Maintenance and repairs of the irrigation system.
Clearing snow from building entrances, steps, sidewalks, and patios using shovel, hand operated power equipment, mechanical broom and other motorized equipment.
Spreading sand or salt by hand.
Picking up paper and other rubbish and performs other general cleanup work.
Picks up recycling and waste at various bin locations.
Coordinating cleaning, inspections, repairs and maintenance to storm sewers/drains and underground utilities with contractors and staff.
Pothole patching on road surfaces.
Minor concrete or brick sidewalk/pathway repairs.

Qualifications / Requirements:
Qualified candidates will have a recognized Landscape Horticulture Journeyperson designation or a Horticulture Diploma or a Horticulture Degree. .
Five years of relevant operational experience in the field of landscape maintenance/repairs/ construction.
Three to four years of demonstrated leadership experience in the field of landscape maintenance/ repairs/construction. Other combinations of relevant horticulture experience and education might be taken into consideration.
Must have considerable knowledge in the operation of equipment, tools, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in soft and hard landscape maintenance, repairs and construction.
Highly experienced and proficient in the knowledge of the functions, characteristics, and proper use and care of common hand and power tools such as shovels, weed eater, push mower; proper operation of heavy and light power-driven soft and hard landscape construction equipment.
Knowledge of proper safety precautions and procedures for operation of equipment, setting up a job site, and performing work tasks; established policy, procedures, and departmental regulations relating to the maintenance, repair and construction of soft and hard landscape.
Must have experience in equipment operation and techniques used in soft and hard landscape maintenance and repairs.
Must have experience with snow plowing and sanding.
Must have a proven ability to be a leader, mentor, motivate and develop staff.
Leadership training would be an asset.
Must have a proven track record of providing excellent customer service.
Must have a proven ability to communicate in a respectful and positive manner.
Must have superior organizational and communication skills.
Must have good interpersonal skills; tact and courtesy in discussing information or delegating assignments to colleagues and in dealing with the general public.
Must have demonstrated time management and organizational skills.
Must have effective verbal and written communication skills.
Must be able to use Microsoft Office and mobile communication devices.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be physically fit to perform the assigned tasks.
A valid Class 5 (non GDL) Alberta Operators License with current drivers abstract is required.
This position will not be suitable for someone with outdoor allergies

Application Deadline: February 26, 2020

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Trades Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.