Senior Landscape Specialist - Zone Environmentalist

  • James Madison University
  • James Madison University, S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA, USA
  • Jun 30, 2020
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

General Information

Start your career here and become a valuable part of the JMU community! JMU offers excellent competitive comprehensive benefits (leave, health insurance, retirement, etc.) as well as great opportunities for personal growth and career development! James Madison University’s Facilities Management is seeking a Senior Zone Environmentalist to participate and lead others in the landscape maintenance of university properties. The shift is Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., with an altered summer schedule and overtime as required to cover special events and inclement weather.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and participate in the proper care of the landscape and grounds of the University by leading the work of 1-5 full-time and 4-6 wage and summer employees in the following tasks: grading, mowing, trimming, edging, sodding, mulching, planting, adding gravel, and application of pesticides and fertilizers as required, pick up trash in assigned areas as directed. Assists other crews as necessary to complete regular and special event assignments.


Working knowledge of landscaping practices and procedures. Knowledge of the proper handling, storage and disposal of pesticides. Knowledge of turf maintenance and installation. The successful candidate will have the ability to lead a small group of employees to perform a variety of landscaping tasks, they will have strong record keeping and organizational skills. They will have the ability to work independently and be able operate heavy equipment such as complex mowers, tractors and attachments, dump trucks, snow blowers, chain saws, sod cutters, straw blowers, hydro-seeders, weed eaters, edgers, backpack blowers, hoes, and shovels. The candidate will need to be able to do physically demanding work for extended periods of time in a variety of environmental conditions.
Must be at least 19 years old with a valid driver’s license and have had a valid driver’s license for a total of 24 months at time of hire. A Pesticide Registered Technician’s License is required for this position. Certified Fertilizer Applicator License preferred is required within one year of hire.

Condition(s) of Employment

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and Motor Vehicle Report.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Job Level



Academic Institution


$31,000 - $33,000