Outdoor Grounds Crew Member
Columbia Gardens Cemetery: 3411 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Columbia Gardens Cemetery outdoor crews do seasonal gardening tasks such as fertilizing, preparing seedbeds, transplanting, laying sod, aerating, pruning, and trimming. Each member is told which plants to tend and the nature of the work to be done, they complete their assignments with little review during its progress. New or unfamiliar procedures are explained. Completed work is checked to see that instruction have been followed.
Crew members operate a range of power equipment such as string trimmers, mowers and must be able to operate large riding mowers or other specialized equipment.
Tasks and instructions are explicit. Prior outdoor work experience is required. Ability to use common hand tools such as brooms, rakes, hammers, screwdrivers, shovels, chisels, trowels, masonry tools, etc. to perform tasks is expected. The ability to follow verbal directions is required.
Work is done outside. The work requires frequent walking, standing, pushing of carts and wheelbarrows, bending, and stooping. The crew member frequently lifts heavy objects such as bags of fertilizer, grass seed, buckets of cement, headstones, etc. In working outside, the crew member is subject to discomfort from long exposure to the elements. Crew members are exposed to dirt, dust, mud, and are able to work in all weather while wearing protective clothing such as gloves, safety shoes, and boots.
Crew members use a variety of hand- and power-operated garden tools and equipment such as seeders, spreaders, edger’s, hedge trimmers, pruning shears, chain saws, forestry equipment, sprayers, and may also use larger pieces of equipment such as a tamper, tractors, riding mower, trailers, and utility vehicles.
- Valid Drivers License
- Dependable – On time, Workday begins at 7 am.
- Ability to have polite interaction with the grieving public
- Prior outdoor work experience
- Able to work in all weather conditions
- Wear & launder uniform provided by Columbia Gardens Cemetery
- Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs
- Fluent English speaker
- 5-day workweek, 8-hour workday, some Saturdays are required
- Health Benefits available
- Nine major holidays off
- Sick leave and vacation time accrued