Employer: Turner Enterprises Management, LLC
Supervisory Position: No
Job Title: Groundskeeper
Uses Time & Attendance: No
Location: Alder, Montana
Division: Snowcrest Ranch
Home Department: 408
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Position Type: Seasonal / Non-Benefits Eligible
Housing Provided: Yes
TURNER RANCHES SUMMARY
Turner Ranches are collectively known as the world’s largest and most progressive bison operation. We stand at the forefront of research, innovation, conservation, and production in the bison industry. Our mission statement, “To manage Turner Lands in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner while conserving native species and habitats,” provides a solid foundation for exercising balanced stewardship of the land while integrating conservation and commerce. We are passionate about improving land health and diversity through innovative grazing practices and conservation management. Our Ranches are the model for sustainable ranching practices throughout the western United States. Low-stress livestock handling is an important component of how we promote the ethical and moral treatment of our animals. Our diverse team consists of veterinary, wildlife biology, ecology, range management, ranch management, and hospitality professionals who provide a unique balance of knowledge and insight into the balanced management of the properties. We provide an atmosphere where employees can grow and progress through work experience, training, and community involvement. If you are passionate about sustainable ranching and conservation, come help us make a difference and be part of something great!
The Snowcrest Ranch is a 38,000-acre property located in the mountain foothills of Southwest Montana in the upper Ruby River Valley. Recreational opportunities and wildlife are abundant. The Ranch raises genetically unique Castle Rock bison and grazes around 1,200-1,400 head. Progressive grazing includes Management-intensive Grazing, rest rotation, and Holistic Management practices. Bison handling is frequent, and the crew strives to be stockmen and grass managers first and foremost. The Ranch ecosystem is diverse, including 19 miles of sinuous river weaving through the lowlands and the Snowcrest mountains at over 10,000’ in elevation within the operational ranch boundaries. The Ranch headquarters is 19 miles from the nearest town with a K-6 school, post office, and gas station (Alder). K-12 school and groceries are 29 miles (Sheridan). The nearest large grocery stores and conveniences are in Dillon (1.25 hours) or Bozeman (2 hours).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Snowcrest Ranch has a guest services operation which operates during the Summer and Fall. During these seasons, guests participate in fishing and hunting activities. We take great pride in providing the owners and guests with first-class service that requires landscaping and building facility maintenance to keep the property in pristine condition. The Groundskeeper is responsible for lawncare, landscaping and property maintenance duties. The Groundskeeper will also assist with general ranch work.
As a Groundskeeper, the job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Handle operation of lawn mowing machines, weed trimmers and other powered tools.
- Plant grass, flowers, trees, and shrubs.
- Prune shrubs and trees to shape and improve growth or remove damaged leaves or branches.
- Assist in lawncare, and ground and plant irrigation.
- Maintain and repair water lines and sprinklers. Install new components as required.
- Perform the application of fertilizers and other growth performance products to lawn, shrubs, and trees.
- Sharpen tools such as weed cutters, edging tools, and shears.
- Perform minor repairs and maintenance of equipment such as lawn mowers, spreader, etc.
- Handle repair work and maintenance of fences, gates, walls, and walks.
- Paint fences, houses, and outbuildings.
- Rake and bag leaves, haul leaves and branches to the appropriate area.
- Ensure the grounds are clean and remove of litter.
- Maintain drainage ditches and culverts.
- Form and pour concrete and perform masonry repairs of rock structures.
- All other duties as assigned.
This job does not have supervisory responsibilities.
COMPETENCIES AND CHARACTERISTICS
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers
- and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; works well alone.
- Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time.
- Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests.
- Judgment – Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.
- Motivation – Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
- Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
- Professionalism – Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
- Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
- Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
- Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.
- Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
- Confidentiality – Frequent contact with owner and guests. The successful employee will be required to sign the Company’s Confidentiality Agreement.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
A high school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required. Two years related experience and/or training, preferably with carpentry, general maintenance, plumbing and/or landscaping is highly preferred. General construction, renovation, building maintenance and repair experience is highly preferred. Previous experience with riding lawn mower, weed trimmer and small engine operation is highly preferred, but is not required. Heavy equipment operation and landscape design experience is highly preferred. First Aid/CPR training is highly preferred.
Housing will be provided in a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house. The employee may be subject to sharing the house with 2 other employees in which the common areas will be shared. The house is partially furnished with a kitchen and laundry machines. Basic utilities will be provided by the company, including water, power, propane, local landline telephone, and internet access.
The employee must be able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The employee must be able to write routine reports and correspondence.
The employee must be able to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10s and 100s. The employee must be able to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.
The employee must be able to solve practical problems. The employee must be able to interpret various instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
CERTIFICATES / LICENSES
If the position requires vehicle operation, the employee must possess a valid Driver’s License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of employment. The employee’s driving records must meet the standards and requirements of the Company and the Company’s insurance carrier.
- The employee must adhere to Company and Ranch policies and procedures, which are included in the Company’s Employee Handbook.
- The employee must present documentation establishing both identity and employment authorization within three days of hire, pursuant to federal law.
- The candidate may be subject to undergo pre-employment drug test, (after offer is given but before applicant has commenced work). Random drug tests are given throughout the year.
- The employee must have a personal vehicle to travel from ranch location to local town for personal needs.
- The Company operates as a drug free/smoke free workplace. Smoking is not allowed on the Ranch property, to include but is not limited to; Ranch housing, Ranch vehicles, Ranch offices or on Ranch machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; climb ladders, use hands to finger, handle, dig with various tools, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, climb, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 80 or more pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the employee to perform physical labor.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts; outside weather conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat. The employee is frequently exposed to high, precarious places and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Snowcrest Ranch is located in a remote location. A ranch radio will be provided for communication and is required every day for work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be alert and aware of dangers that are present while working on a ranch and its surroundings.
*In accordance with applicable law, the Company will reasonably accommodate any disabled individual who requests an accommodation that will allow him/her to perform the essential job duties or functions of his/her position. Accommodation inquiries must be made to the Company’s Human Resources Department for consideration.”
Turner Enterprises Management, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Smoke-Free/Drug-Free Workplace.
For more information and to apply online, visit www.tedturner.com.