Full-Time Groundskeeper: $80K+ and Benefits

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A private family is seeking an experienced, proactive, and detail-oriented full-time groundskeeper to join the close-knit team maintaining the exterior of the property and surrounding grounds at their 4-acre estate in Southern Westchester, New York. Groundskeeper will be supervised by the facilities manager and will work closely with other domestic employees, including the estate manager. Current schedule is on Thursday – Monday at 8:00 / 9:00am – 6:00pm. Occasional weekends will be given off, which are based on the family’s schedule and not consistent throughout the year (approximately 10-12 weekends per year off). Shifts are subject to change over time and across seasons, as the needs of the family and property change. However, this is a year-round and full-time position. Groundskeeper must be flexible to work additional hours and days as requested. Schedules are made approximately six weeks in advance. Applicants need to be honest, trustworthy, understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement required), collaborative to work with domestic employees (estate manager, facilities manager, private chefs, housekeepers, etc.), and experienced working with principals that are around residence often (discreet and staying out of the way is important). Candidates with many years of private groundskeeper experience is required. Uniform is provided and required. Family is open to local candidates and domestic relocations. Start date is flexible for the right candidate. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Meticulous daily cleaning and maintenance of the property exterior (ensuring the grounds, gardens, walkways, and outdoor spaces are in pristine condition)
  • Daily property detailing including removal of spider webs, bird droppings, storm debris, and wipe down / cleaning of outdoor furniture
  • Daily inspections of the grounds to proactively identify issues
  • Seasonal weeding and hand watering as needed between landscaping contractor visits
  • Assist with supervision of outdoor vendors including arborists, lawn care team, landscaping teams, and pool contractor
  • Identify and help to coordinate routine maintenance and repair around the property
  • Work closely with private chefs and housekeeping team to ensure readiness of outdoor spaces for family dining and outdoor activities on the grounds (e.g., swimming, bocce, fire pit, and outdoor dining areas)
  • Trash and recycling removal
  • Care and washing of vehicles 
  • Occasional local errands as requested

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Impeccable attention to detail, exceptional organizational skills, and dedication to responsibilities 
  • Highly proactive and able to spot and resolve issues before they become apparent to principals 
  • Understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement is required) 
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and memos along with ability to write simple correspondence
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and work with facilities manager and colleagues to reprioritize initiatives throughout the day and week
  • Professional and energetic worker with a friendly and positive attitude 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively work with domestic employees (team player mentality)
  • Polished and professional at all times, acting with the utmost discretion and protective of the family’s privacy
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds 
  • Physical stamina and mobility including ability to reach, climb stairs, kneel, and bend
  • Discreet and calm demeanor 
  • Technology proficient (e. g., email and text messages for communication, etc.)
  • Non-smoker

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2-5+ years of recent and consistent groundskeeper experience
  • 2-3 references from domestic positions
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written communication)
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Willing to run extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks, drug tests, and psychological evaluation 
  • Safe vehicle tor transportation to get to and from work daily 
  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • COVID-19 testing and antibodies testing
  • Seeking longevity / long term commitment (e.g., at least 2-5+ years and ideally longer)
  • Live a commutable proximity to family’s residence in Southern Westchester, New York or willingness to relocate

COMPENSATION: 

  • $80K+ gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications)
  • Gross overtime rate of time and a half for hours worked over 40 hours per week
  • Double-time paid for weekend hours and holidays 
  • Health insurance coverage / policy (including dental and vision)
  • Two weeks (10 days) vacation paid 
  • Five sick days paid 
  • Discretionary annual bonus and raise (performance evaluation required)
  • Additional Benefits: Daily laundry service for work attire (uniform), employee snacks and beverages, employee lockers, employee break room and changing rooms / bathrooms, occasional team lunches prepared by private chef, and occasional team social activities 

 

 

 

Please read the job description carefully and kindly apply with your cover letter, resume, references (email address and phone number), letter(s) of recommendation, and professional photo if you feel that you meet all of the requirements. We look forward to hearing from you!

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