The Hotchkiss School

Location: LakevilleCT 06039 Document ID: AF396-3DXA Posted on: 2021-10-0510/05/2021 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: High School2021-11-04

Groundskeeper/Ice Rink Associate

Department:      Facilities
FLSA:                 Non-Exempt
Reports to:        Supervisor of Grounds           
Schedule:          Hours Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (8 hour shift, with 1/2 hour lunch break)
                            Ice Rink Duties as assigned,  include regular weekend and evening hours
Designation:     Full-time Calendar Year Staff, considered essential staff during inclement  
                           weather/or other facility emergencies, shift schedule subject to change
Travel:               Rare

Groundskeeper/Ice Rink Associate

The School is eager to accept applications from individuals who are excited to support an inclusive and warm working and learning community for students and employees from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.


Ice Rink duties as assigned – this position may be limited to grounds work with the potential for work in the Ice Rink in the future.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, performing routine grounds keeping responsibilities.   This position requires the performance of manual duties in connection with the maintenance and upkeep of the Hotchkiss grounds which includes the school campus, roadways, a nine-hole golf course, and two ice rinks.  This position requires the ability to work independently as well as an effective team member, maintaining facility accessibility and appearance, insuring a safe school environment.  Assignments vary and may include indoor as well as outdoor maintenance work, as the needs of Hotchkiss require.

Supporting the best interests of Hotchkiss School through quality job performance and effective participation as a member of the facilities department is an expectation of this position.



  • Maintains and cares for School grounds, parking lots and other paved areas.

  • Prepares seeding or transplanting beds by cultivating soil and adding fertilizer or chemicals, if needed.

  • Plants seeds, bulbs, tree seedlings and shrubbery so that resulting growth will produce attractive appearance.

  • Prunes trees and trims hedges to promote growth and improve appearance.

  • Mows lawns with hand, power or riding mowing equipment.

  • Plows, removes snow from walkways with shovels.

  • Operates ice resurfacing equipment.

  • Operates skate sharpening equipment.

  • Installs sprinkler systems waters lawns and flower beds.

  • Inspects flowers, shrubs and trees for evidence of insects, fungi and other pests, and sprays or dusts chemicals on infected areas.

  • Adjusts and repairs equipment such as mowers, sprinklers and hedge shears.

  • Collects and disposes of leaves, clippings and other refuse.

  • Lifts and moves furniture.

  • Perform custodial duties.

  • Additional duties and responsibilities as needed and assigned.



  • High School Graduate or GED preferred.

  • One to three years of landscaping maintenance and/or landscape construction preferred.

  • Excellent customer services skills.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Valid Driver's License


  • Required to lift approximately 50+ pounds.

  • Bend, stoop, reach and kneel regularly.

  • Climb up to 4 flights of stairs.

  • Work with or be in areas where hazardous materials may be present.

  • The ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, with excessive dust, dirt, temperature, rain, or snow.

  • Work in the ice rinks with cold temperatures.

  • Stand for long periods of time.

  • Sit for long periods of time on a tractor or for other work needs.

  • Walk for long periods of time on different types of terrain.

  • Overtime occasionally required, especially during heavy inclement weather (part of the essential staff).

  • The Hotchkiss School property is a tobacco-free environment.


The essential functions and basic skills have been included.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities.  Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This position description is subject to change at any time.

 The Hotchkiss School is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to basing judgments concerning the employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities. The School is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and applicants in all phases of the employment process (including recruitment, hiring, assignment, terms and conditions of employment, compensation, benefits, training, promotion, transfer, discipline and termination).  In accordance with applicable law, the School does not discriminate against any individual based on age, ancestry, color, genetic information, learning disability, marital status, past or present history of mental disability, national origin, physical disability, race, religious creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.


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