Manager, Horticulture and Grounds, Williams College

Williams is pleased to announce the position of Manager of Horticulture and Grounds. This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), year-round position in the Facilities Department. This position provides operational management and supervision of staff assigned to landscape, grounds, and athletic grounds to ensure ongoing care and enhancement of college property, landscape, and hardscape. It is responsible for participating and carrying out the strategic plan and design for all the campus landscaping. The Manager must maintain good working relations and professionalism toward a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds. Must possess positive attitude and clear direction in order to motivate and lead team members.

The Manager of Horticulture and Grounds will support the mission of the college to provide a nurturing educational environment. Williams welcomes applications from candidates committed to supporting an increasingly-diverse staff. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly-diverse staff.


  • In conjunction with the Foreman, prepare and assign work orders, schedule and secure the completion of the work in a productive and efficient manner, and verify the quality of the completed work.
  • Assist in developing annual budgets and administer/monitor annual, renewal, and project budgets.
  • Support Facilities with the preparation and maintenance of Design and Construction standards and verify that all work performed under supervision is in compliance with these standards.
  • Ensure proper applications of mowing, trimming, pruning, fertilizing, mulching and weed control as well as tree, shrub, and flower care, litter control, and snow removal.
  • Monitor and enforce all safety guidelines set forth by OSHA and all college policies.
  • Keep accurate records of all items associated with grounds program.
  • Develop and implement long- and short-range goals for horticulture, and arboriculture, programs.
  • Develop short- and long-range plans for the development of athletic fields.
  • Liaise between grounds operations and college faculty, staff, students, and town residents.
  • Coordinate and administer grounds contract services.
  • Coordinate staff development opportunities for the Grounds employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree along with a minimum of 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience and ability to work effectively with teams.
  • Managing and prioritizing multiple work orders.
  • Familiar with Design and Construction standards and safety compliance standards.
  • Familiar with budgets and purchasing of equipment and materials.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • DOT Medical Card, or ability to attain one within a month.
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather, including below-freezing temperatures.
  • Knowledge of turf grass science and practices, including spraying and fertilizer applications, is required.
  • Must be able to lift heavy objects up to 75 pounds with assistance and work on ladders.
  • The ability to lift, stretch, bend, reach overhead, and physically move around on the grounds is necessary.

Early morning, night, and weekend work is sometimes necessary, as well as on-call availability. The successful candidate will have a Massachusetts Hoisting Engineer License and a commercial pesticide applicator’s license. Certification in Turf Management or Arboriculture is preferred.

For optimal consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume by September 8, 2019. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.


2019-08-14T09:24:47-04:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Careers, Construction, Education, Mid-Level|