Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand
9d ago

Position overview

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world.

Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand's defining university.

The Operations and University Registrar portfolio is responsible for leading Facilities Management across the University.

Do you enjoy working in hands on roles? Are you seeking an opportunity to gain skills and work towards achieving a qualification in turf management? Then we need you!

A recent departure has created an exciting and interesting opportunities for an experienced grounds person to join our Facilities Management Team based at the Manawatu Campus, in Palmerston North.

This role involves the ongoing development and maintenance of amenity lawns ,sports turf, grounds, gardens, and other campus-landscaped areas.

  • To be successful you will have;
  • A full, clean New Zealand driver’s licence
  • A high degree of initiative and be able to work unsupervised
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role or outdoor working environment
  • If you are ready to join the FM team keeping our University a stunning place to work and study then apply now!!

    Purpose statement

    To work as an integral part of the Grounds Team, performing turf culture, horticultural, landscaping, and maintenance duties on all University grounds, gardens, sport facilities, and University estate.

    Responsible to

    Manager - Grounds Section

    Key accountabilities

  • Grounds Palmerston North
  • To support the team ensuring that the University’s grounds are presented in an aesthetically pleasing condition with an aptitude to embrace and implement new ways of working, promoting sustainability , problem solving and time management skills.

    Adherence to daily work schedule as prepared by the Grounds Supervisor including the ability to prioritise duties within the schedule.

    Carry out some planning to ensure adequate resources and equipment are in place and sufficient time is allocated to an activity in order to meet objectives.

  • Human Resources
  • Within the grounds service a number of Students are seasonally employed to assist the full-time staff, these students are trained and supervised on a daily basis by the Ground staff working with them.

  • University Policies, Procedures, and Regulations
  • Follow University employment policies and comply with Health and Safety procedures that indicate when / how tasks should be completed.

    Take responsibility for the maintenance / security of university resources including gardening equipment and associated buildings.

    Follow set accountability / ordering procedures to ensure that low value supplies / resources are available to meet work requirements.

    Ability to keep records and make elementary calculations.

  • Capital Projects and New Landscaping Schemes
  • Ability and commitment to consult effectively across a wide range of staff / individuals on the maintenance and development of the university campus.

  • Relationships
  • Daily contact with Grounds Manager, Grounds Supervisor, and work colleagues as part of landscape operations. Ground-staff will liaise with customers, user groups etc during their working day be that head of school / building reps for landscape maintenance, players / coaches / officials at the playing fields or event organisers for internal decorations, graduation etc.


    1. Undertake a range of horticultural duties, such as, planting, pruning, propagation, seeding, grass-cutting, pesticide spraying, weed control, maintenance of plants and the preparation of internal and external floral displays etc.

    2. Undertake tree management, planting and maintenance of hard / soft landscaping, including fine and sports turf (natural and synthetic).

    3. Assist in the set-up, maintenance and dismantling of equipment for major events occasionally out of regular work hours eg.

    garden parties, Graduations, sporting events etc.

    4. Operate powered tools, both electrical and engine driven, including hand-held, pedestrian-operated, ride-on and tractor-

    mounted. Undertake routine operator maintenance of all grounds equipment and machinery (including irrigation systems), ensuring the security of gardening equipment and associated buildings

    5. Undertake external cleaning of all litter, empty bins, clear leaves, debris from roads, paths and grounds including the recycling disposal of waste and clearing up after experiencing severe weather conditions

    6. Discharge all relevant Health and Safety responsibilities, making suitable arrangements and provisions to ensure safety on work sites, safeguarding yourself, colleagues, students, and any other users of the University.

    7. Work as a team member to plan, prioritise to carry out the work in the area, contributing to the overall success of the Grounds Section by assisting and supporting other tasks as required.


    A NZ driving license is essential

    A formal qualification in or willingness to work towards attainment in an appropriate field relating to Horticulture / Turf Culture is desirable.


  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role or outdoor working environment
  • Experience within a landscaping or outdoor operation would be an advantage.
  • Personal attributes and behaviours

  • An aptitude to embrace and implement new ways of working, problem solving and time management skills.
  • The ability to communicate clearly.
  • Well developed interpersonal skills.
  • A commitment to the University’s Policies, Procedures, and Regulations.
  • An ability to produce high quality work under pressure, in all weathers and meet deadlines.
  • The ability to keep sensitive information confidential.
  • High personal and professional standards.
  • A high degree of initiative.
  • The capacity to work independently and as a team.
  • Self motivation and a commitment to continuous improvement and self development.
  • Additional Pre-employment Checks

    Criminal Check

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