Grounds Assistant 
Summary:  Full Time

Assist in Landscaping and maintenance of International Support Center (ISC) grounds/property using hands, power tools or equipment.
Description:  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Include But Not Limited To)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing and removing thatch, and trimming and edging around flower beds, walks, and walls.
  • Assist and work with the Agriculture Grounds and Land Manager to ensure plants, flower beds and all landscaping is maintained to a high standard. This includes:
  • Spraying lawn, shrubs, and trees with fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides, taking all safety precautions necessary when working with chemicals;
  • Planting grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs; and
  • Pruning and trim trees, shrubs and hedges.
  • Operate, maintain, and do minor repair to power equipment such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, chain-saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, and pruning shears.
  • Mow and edge lawns.
  • Gather and remove litter. Rake and bag or burn leaves. Clean out drainage ditches and culverts.
  • Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, and other grounds features. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Requirements)

    The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Knowledge of machines and tools used for landscaping/gardening, including basic knowledge of their designs, uses, repair and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of plant care and landscaping activities.
  • Exhibit wisdom and safe operating practices when using any equipment.
  • Knowledge of the handling of hazardous chemicals to ensure compliance with local and state regulations related to their use for the protection of people and property.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Ability to work in a physically demanding environment. Ability to work in all weather extremes (heat, cold, rain).
  • Must be able to lift, move and maneuver up to 50 pounds on an infrequent basis, and up to 10 pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision, and committed to its core values.
  • Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity and demonstrate accountability.

    Education and Experience

    The requirements listed below are representative of the education and / or experience required.

  • One year job-related experience and experience with small equipment preferred.
  • Experienced in plant care and landscaping activities.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Successful completion of Mercy Ships Entry Training will be required within the first year.