Description: We at Sodexo are looking hire one experienced grounds maintenance foreman to help maintain the grounds, formal gardens, and athletic fields within our historic 150-acre campus at Lake Forest Academy.
The grounds maintenance foreman will report to and work very closely with the Grounds Manager in the completion of tasks throughout the day toward our goal of campus grounds aesthetics and performance of the athletic fields. He or she will assist the Grounds Manager with assigning jobs each morning among our grounds maintenance laborers, help manage and oversee the completion of grounds maintenance tasks in an acceptable manner each day among our laborers, and be in charge of and work alongside our laborers on specialized landscaping projects and tasks.
Other core responsibilities for this position include snow removal responsibilities, the application of pesticides using various types of sprayers (training will be provided), the application of painting lines on our athletic fields (training will be provided), irrigation repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting, and the operation of heavy equipment and other specialized grounds maintenance equipment.
Employment Type: Full time, benefits eligible. 40 hours/week+
Hourly Rate: $18-20/HR with overtime opportunities.
Options for health, dental and vision insurance as well as other supplemental insurance coverages
Accrual for paid time off and sick leave
Breakfast and lunch provided during academic school year
401K with employer match
Tuition reimbursement after one year of employment
Working Hours: 6:00 am – 2:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Some weekends required.
* This position requires on-call snow removal responsibilities in the winter months that will be in addition to the normal working hours.
Winter Months: We are an active campus with students, sporting events, and faculty living on site that sometimes requires snow removal duties to be performed in shifts at all times of the day and on call for the weekends. Please only apply if you live within a reasonable distance to drive in when you are on call and only if you have the ability to work before or after 6:00 am – 2:30 pm when needed.
Spring, Summer, and Fall Months: 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday with occasional requests for overtime or extra hours on the weekend.
4+ years working in related landscaping, golf course maintenance, athletic sports fields, or as general grounds maintenance worker
Proficient Spanish speaking abilities required
Previous experience working as a foreman or supervisor role in related field preferred
Previous experience with snow plowing and salting preferred
Experience in athletic fields or painting sports field lines a plus, but not required
High School diploma/GED
Must possess valid driver’s license and have reliable form of transportation
Maintains high standards for work areas and to think on their own
Ability to work a flexible schedule including some nights, weekends, and holidays
Attends work and shows up for scheduled shift on time with satisfactory regularity
Effective working either individually or in a crew setting throughout the day
About Lake Forest Academy/Sodexo
Lake Forest Academy (also known as LFA) is a co-educational college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12. The school is located on the North Shore in Lake Forest, Illinois, about 30 miles north of Chicago. As of the 2019–2020 school year, the school enrolled 435 students, with the students coming from 13 states and 35 countries. This school is among the most selective boarding schools in the United States.
LFA is situated on a 150 acre campus consisting of first class athletic sports fields, historic formal gardens that are home to dozens of weddings each year, and highly maintained campus grounds.