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Groundskeeper/Arborist

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Mount Vernon, VA

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Groundskeeper/Arborist
Introduction
This role is responsible for assuring the overall pristine appearance of the estate by applying sound ground maintenance and tree care practices for proper maintenance of turf, historic and non-historic landscapes, trees, roads, walks, forest paths and property lines.
This is a hands-on position so the individual must be in good physical condition and able to work outside in all weather conditions.
This position will also perform routine maintenance and inspection of trees on the Estate. Applicant should be knowledgeable of proper trimming and safety techniques. Occasional weekend and holiday work is required. This position is classified as essential and the incumbent must participate in all weather emergencies.
Essential Duties
Turf management program by mowing, trimming, weeding and applying weed control and fertilization
Keep the landscaped areas groomed by raking, edging, mulching, applying weed control and pruning
Maintain roads and fire lanes that are clean, clear of debris and free of potholes and ruts; accomplished by hand tools and power equipment
Tree and debris removal with the use of hand tools, chain saws, and chippers
Fall leaf removal by using a variety of hand tools, tarps, blowers, and vacuums
Water trees, shrubs and turf during establishment periods or during droughts
Routine pruning and inspection of Estate trees
Trash and recycling collection throughout the estate
Assists with the maintenance of the storm drainage systems
Assists with the removal of downed trees by hauling logs, cutting them to size for either disposal or to be split for firewood
Assists with construction projects by digging, mixing concrete, hauling materials, setting up fences and by operating a variety of equipment
Supports other departments by assisting with office moves, moving boxes, rearranging furniture of moving IT equipment
Interacts positively with visitors, answering questions and giving directions
Practices and maintains safety precautions and procedures in all work areas
Performs other related duties as assigned Knowledge of proper techniques of pruning, tree removal, and safety practices
Qualifications and Education Requirements
Minimum of two years of grounds work or related experience
Minimum two years arborist experience
Knowledge of proper techniques of pruning, tree removal, and safety practices
Valid drivers license
Must possess good verbal and written skills
Ability to work independently and with a minimum of supervision
Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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