Groundskeeping/Snow Removal - Contractor

The Department of Veterans' Services is seeking two groundskeepers to assist in the maintenance of the 39 acres of the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, MA. The Groundskeeper will perform a variety of grounds keeping and interment activities and will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of roads, walkways and fences, as well as landscape and maintenance of grave sites. This is a contracted position.
Specific duties include:
Plant and cultivate flowers, shrubs, and trees; mow and trim ground and grave areas; seed, sod and develop turf; beautify the grounds by planting, transplanting, cultivating and mulching shrubs and trees; follow grounds maintenance plan.
Mow and trim lawns, flowers, shrubs, trees and around headstones and markers.
Visually inspect grounds during the performance of other work activities and notify supervisors of grounds needing additional attention.
Maintain and operate chain saws, brush saws, and hedge shears to clear and prune grounds.
Maintain and operate utility vehicles and trucks to transport materials, goods, supplies and equipment.
Maintain and operate riding lawnmowers, string line trimmers, edgers, sod cutters, and post diggers to maintain turn and other grounds.
Maintain and operate snow removal equipment including truck, snow plows, tractors equipped with plows, or rotary brooms, snow blowers on flat and hilly terrain and around trees, flagpoles, culverts, roadways and walkways in a variety of weather conditions. Apply sand as needed to ensure safety.
Clear grave sites of debris, set up platforms and lay and remove plywood for burials.
Assist in digging and back filling of grave sites with shovels, rakes and tempers for burial and grave closure and openings in a variety of weather conditions to restore appropriate grading of grounds to original appearance.
Perform related duties such as emptying rubbish barrels, picking up trash, cleaning ditches, drains and catch basins on grounds or roadways; shoveling snow and raking leaves.
Assist in headstone alignment and/or raising.
Military experience preferred but not required.
Ability to understand and apply the rules, regulations, procedures, specifications governing assigned tasks.
Must be skilled and knowledgeable in the use of common trade practices.
Must have knowledge of and ability to use a variety of hand and power tools and test and calibrate equipment common to the trades.
Must have knowledge of safe practices, procedures, regulations, and the techniques and the ability to apply them.
Must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Must have a valid state driver's license.
About the Agency:
The mission of the Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) is to be the primary advocate for the 380,000 veterans and their families in the Commonwealth. DVS operates two Veterans' Memorial Cemeteries and is seeking groundskeepers to assist in the maintenance of the grounds.
Pre-Hire Process:
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact DCS Central Office Human Resources at 1 (800) 393-9324.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume for the Groundskeeping/Snow Removal - Contractor Requisition # 180000SR.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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