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Groundskeeper

The Inn at Hastings Park

The Inn at Hastings Park

Vermont, USA
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Company Description

Twin Farms is located in bucolic Barnard, Vermont, about 90 minutes from Burlington, three hours from Boston, or five from New York City. Stays are reserved for adults only and are inclusive of all meals, fine wines and spirits, as well as all activities and equipment.

As one of the world's celebrated Five Star hotels, we recognize that people are essential to our success. Indeed, the very essence of great hospitality comes from the dedication of every member of the Twin Farms team.

We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibit discrimination/harassment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Job Description

Summary: The Groundskeeper works in a team format to maintain clean, attractive, groomed, and safe grounds throughout Twin Farms property. Groundskeeper also work closely with a variety of departments in attending to guest needs- including shuttling guests to/fro transportation or activity points, moving luggage, and physically arranging accommodations according to guest specifications.

Essential Functions:

  • Safely operate light equipment/machinery and basic hand tools including- trimmers, power brooms, spreaders, leaf blowers, mowers, chainsaws, skid steers, tractors, and snow machines.

  • Clear and manage snow and ice through operation of sander/spreader, snowplow, and snow blower and use of broom and hand shovel.

  • Assist in maintenance and care of lawns through use of rotary mowers and trimmers/edgers. Keep the borders, thoroughfares, and footpaths neat, clear, and free from debris and hazards at all times.

  • Assist in numerous gardening duties with minimum supervision, including: soil cultivation, digging, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, bed preparation and planting.

  • Assist in maintaining safe and clear hiking, downhill, and x- country trails along with picnic sites.

  • Police grounds, accommodations, and vehicles for presentation/cleanliness, safety, and security.

  • Assist trucks with loading/unloading/distribution of various materials.

  • Assist in ensuring that all grounds vehicles, equipment, supplies, machinery, and buildings are secure at end of shift.

  • Pick up and distribute morning newspapers.

  • Collect departments’ garbage and recycling and stow in appropriate receptacles for hauling.

  • Sort, stack, and distribute firewood and kindling.

  • Restock firewood and kindling- particularly in common area fireplace; set fireplaces; assist grounds crew with firewood sorting, stacking and distributing.

  • Collect and clear fireplace ash from all ash buckets.

  • Assist in keeping work areas, storage shop, and yard areas clean and organized.

  • Assist with detailing of guest vehicles (and Twin Farms’ vehicles) as needed.

  • Maintain a pro-active hazard awareness; report any identified hazards to supervisor and team.

  • Ensure proper use of PPE (personal protection equipment) per job requirement and observe appropriate care, maintenance, and storage of PPE.

  • Assist with maintaining equipment in proper working order and perform routine maintenance check of equipment including- observing damage, oil & fuel level, etc.

  • Drive locally to source and/or pick-up materials supplies.

  • Conduct water/wastewater checks in the absence of the Maintenance Supervisor- checking pumps, ensuring hot tubs are full and operating properly.

  • Water interior and greenhouse plants throughout Twin Farms property.

  • Assist other departments as needed and perform any other duties assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to push, pull, and position tools, equipment, and material weighing in excess of 100 lbs.

  • Ability to perform regular lifting of loads up to 40 lbs at shoulder height and occasional lifting of loads weighing up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to work on smooth/uneven surfaces and under varying climates- (i.e. snow, ice, & rain).

  • Ability to work from ladders and raised surfaces at heights up to 15 feet.

  • Ability to make sound independent decisions in a safe manner consistent with the essential job functions, policies, and procedures.

  • Requires clear and open communication skills with team members and guests- including ability to understand and adapt to information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.

  • Familiar with fundamentals in safe operation of various equipment and vehicles.

  • Able to establish, maintain, and follow through on priorities despite frequent interruptions, changes, and unexpected stresses; can motivate to work independently as well part of a team.

  • Skilled in presenting a customer oriented disposition with a professional, positive, and proactive attitude that anticipates and serves guest needs in strict adherence to confidentiality.

  • Must maintain a familiarity with a range of basic hand tools.

  • Able to react quickly to changing demands and prove resourceful in taking on challenges.

  • Able to maintain flexibility with work schedule and demonstrate a sincere level of reliability- including being available to open or close the property, and work weekends/holiday periods.

Education/Training:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

  • Minimum of a High School, vocational, or equivalency degree.

  • OSHA General Industry certification preferred.

Working Conditions:

  • Tasks often conducted in a physical, fast-paced environment with ever-changing demands.

  • Work sometimes involves prolonged standing, sitting, crouching and/or stooping.

  • Activity is on feet with continuous walking and standing; includes frequent lifting of light loads- occasional lifting extremes can be up to 50lbs at shoulder height.

  • Work involves close collaboration with a team as well as staff from other departments.

  • Shift hours are typically long with weekend and holiday attendance most always necessary.

  • Occasional shifts fall outside regularly scheduled hours- available for emergency and/or to cover staffing needs.

Additional Information

Benefits:

  • Property Gratuities
  • Paid time off up to 4 weeks
  • Paid sick leave
  • Holiday Pay
  • Paid overtime
  • Paid health and vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 401k Matching
  • Daily Staff Meal

STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.