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Scott Heck

PO Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
US

302-420-7877

Seasonal Grounds Technician

Opportunity Type: 7 month, Full Time

Location:

Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE

Coverdale Farm Preserve, Greenville, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

The Seasonal Grounds Technician is responsible for assisting the Facilities and Grounds Department by maintaining Delaware Nature Society’s less natural and more developed areas such as site entrances, parking lots, sidewalks, picnic areas, land adjacent to facilities or related to historical structures, etc. Occasional day travel to sites throughout the state may be required.

This position reports to: Facilities and Grounds Steward

Responsibilities

  • Follow weekly mowing and line trimming schedules.
  • Quickly respond to safety issues such as downed trees/branches.
  • Safely operate vehicles and other job-related equipment.
  • Assist with facilities maintenance and other assigned tasks.
  • Ensure all DelNature policies and procedures, including health and safety protocols, are implemented, and always enforced.
  • Promote and support DelNature’s mission, values, goals, activities, and membership to a wide array of audiences.
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor or leadership staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to and passion for DelNature’s mission.
  • Must possess the following traits and skills: flexibility, dependability, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills, work as part of a team.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Ability to follow instructions and to exercise care in the use of mowers, vehicles, power tools etc.
  • Sufficient physical strength to perform interior and exterior maintenance tasks including the ability to work from an extension ladder.
  • Ability to work effectively with little supervision.
  • Experience using riding mowers and landscaping equipment.
  • At least 1-year professional experience in a trade is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Positive attitude and professional maturity.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • The Seasonal Grounds Technician will regularly lift and/or move over 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • The work is strenuous and requires significant physical effort performed in all types of weather.

Salary and Benefits

Starting hourly rate – $13.75

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