Business / Organization Name: 
Bentley University
Contact Person: 
Alison Walker
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Street Address: 
175 Forest Street
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Job Title: 
Gardening Specialist
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Job Description: 
Job Description Summary The physical demands of this position range from LIGHT to MEDIUM. This position involves planning, planting, and maintaining ornamental flower beds, planters, and all herbaceous plant material. Also schedules and maintains all campus interior plants and may assists in planting, maintaining, and pruning ornamental shrubs and trees. These are completed in accordance with all applicable OSHA regulations and established schedules and procedures at Bentley University. Standing, walking, lifting, carrying and reaching are performed on a frequent to constant basis. Bending, pushing, pulling, climbing, kneeling and twisting are performed on an occasional to frequent basis. The heaviest physical demands are required during handling of furniture, heavier equipment, irrigation pipe, fertilizer, seed bags, etc. These activities require handling of 25-50 pounds of load resistance on an occasional to frequent basis. Heavier tasks may require the assistance of (2) or more co-workers. Essential Duties 1. Plans and installs seasonal campus ornamental flower beds and planters. Properly plants and maintains all herbaceous plant material. Also assists when needed with the planting, maintaining and pruning of other ornamental shrubs and trees. 2. Provides scheduled maintenance programs that includes soil PH testing, fertilizing, weeding, watering and pruning on all beds. 3. Properly uses all forms of pesticides, fertilizer, and control products. 4. Operates all grounds equipment necessary for the maintenance of planting beds, including but not limited to power tools, trimmers, edgers, mowers. 5. Maintains up to date working knowledge of annuals, perennials and bulbs, cultural requirements, growth habits, and different uses for each. Also maintains a working knowledge of woody plant material. Remains up to date and informed on all related horticultural practices. 6. Assists grounds staff in snow removal operations. 7. Participates in training to keep and acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities to remain current with standard operational practices and revised standards. 8. Provides scheduled maintenance on all campus interior plants. 9. Assists in campus trash pickups and grounds policing of litter. 10. Provides appropriate supports in major campus activities including but not limited to: snow removal, freshman orientation, open house, opening/closing of school, baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate commencement. 11. Follows proper clean-up and recycling procedures as well as observes all safety rules and regulations (including OSHA regulations) while handling and/or caring for Bentley tools and equipment, to avoid injury to self and others. 12. Reports building damages, malfunctioning equipment, needed maintenance and/or repairs in assigned work areas. 13. Responds to emergency call-in situations. 14. Keeps detailed records of all product applications and present them to the state when appropriate. 15. Interacts professionally with members of the Bentley community. 16. Inputs data into the computerized work order system, recording time and work order information. Other Duties 1. Assists in all furniture moving activities, including recycling. 2. May drive trucks and other equipment. 3. Must be able to assist in performing a variety of tasks in the following areas; carpentry, painting plumbing, electrical, masonry, machine maintenance, heating and air conditioning, fire alarm and sprinkler systems. 4. May be required to assist other trades as directed by Facilities Manager. 5. Performs all other related duties necessary to meet Facilities Management requirements.
Stockbridge Majors: 
Landscape Contracting
Plant and Soil Sciences
Sustainable Food and Farming
Sustainable Horticulture
Turfgrass Management
Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 7, 2020
Minimum Qualifications: 
1. A minimum of 5 years of experience in horticultural or landscaping industries working and designing annual and perennial plants on a large-scale basis. 2. Must hold, or acquire within 1 year, a commercial Massachusetts applicator's pesticide license and hoisting license (10-ft or 500-lbs), 2-A at a minimum. 3. Use of motor vehicle required for transportation of tools and equipment for job related duties. Must hold and maintain a valid, unrestricted United States driver's license, with an insurable driving history as determined by Bentley's insurance carrier. May be required to drive a Bentley issued vehicle. 4. Must hold, or acquire within 60 days, a DOT card. 5. Must be physically able to perform the essential duties of the position as set forth in this Position Description. 6. Must be able to read, write and interpret documents in the English language, e.g. safety rules, material safety data sheets (MSDS), operating repair, installation and procedure instruction manuals. 7. Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with co-workers and supervisors. 8. Must be available for emergency call-in situations. 9. Properly uses and cares for Bentley tools, radios and equipment.