Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W7004 / Mgr,Grounds & Landscaping
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages all operational and administrative aspects of the landscaping and grounds maintenance activities for the UNM Main Campus. Participates in the development of policies, procedures, goals, and standards for campus-wide landscaping and grounds maintenance. Manages and oversees an integrated pest management program for the campus. Supervises staff and contractors, and administers and approves work budgets and expenditures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  2. Oversees turf and irrigation management activities in compliance with local water regulations and conservation standards; develops and implements efficient water usage methods.
  3. Oversees and coordinates the tree care/arboriculture program, including all pruning, deadwooding, plant diagnosis, tree removal and replacement, tree repair, and tree hazard evaluation.
  4. Supervises exterior flower bed operations, to include design, maintenance, greenhouse, and nursery operations; monitors and inspects propagation progress and makes recommendations as required.
  5. Oversees and coordinates equipment operations; supervises small engine operations, makes recommendations for replacements, coordinates repair and maintenance, and maintains inventory and records.
  6. Coordinates all trash removal and landscape debris recycling operations.
  7. Directs and oversees an integrated pest management program for the university's landscape and buildings; supervises and coordinates all activities associated with pest management operations and administration, and ensures compliance with all relevant federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.
  8. Oversees the safe and proper storage and disposal of pesticides, fertilizers, and other associated chemicals and containers, and maintains inventories of chemicals.
  9. Participates in the development of landscaping and grounds maintenance plans; evaluates specifications, and makes modifications as appropriate; supervises landscaping construction and turf installation and maintenance projects.
  10. Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient and safe operation of the unit.
  11. Participates in the development of annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least 60 college-level credit hours; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Pesticide License in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Knowledge of grounds maintenance and turf equipment operations.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of turf management, irrigation, refuse removal and equipment maintenance.
  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Knowledge of local water usage and conservation regulations and standards.
  • Knowledge of water conservation principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of horticultural practices, plant taxonomy, and insect/disease control.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of landscaping principles and methods.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of growth habits, care, and pruning methods for flowers, trees, and shrubs.
  • Knowledge of greenhouse operations, plant propagation, and disease control methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of pest management principles, techniques, agents, and equipment.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of plant health care.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of chemical, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, and/or environmental health standards.
  • Knowledge of landscaping and groundskeeping equipment operation and maintenance requirements.
  • Knowledge of waste removal and recycling procedures, regulations, and standards.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to pest management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of landscaping construction and repair techniques.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017