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Grounds Maintenance Lead

Job Title

Grounds Maintenance Lead

Reports To

Facility Maintenance and Public Works Supervisor

Saulteau First Nations Mission

We strive to be the Best Governed Nation, one that is proud, culturally strong, and self-sufficient.  As stewards of the land, we will ensure that the best sustainable practices are followed, now and in the future.  We remain proudly determined. 

Job Purpose

The Grounds Maintenance Lead is responsible for the beautification and maintenance of Saulteau First Nations (SFN) parks and recreational areas such as Fire Lake, trails, ball diamonds, playgrounds, ice rink, sacred sites, and the cemetery.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs a variety of grounds related maintenance including, but not limited to mowing, weeding, watering, fertilizing, planting, clearing brush, collecting garbage from grounds and containers, cleaning and replenishing supplies in outdoor washrooms, general maintenance, and repairs to outbuildings, erecting and maintaining signs, snow removal, and outdoor ice rink and trails maintenance.
  • Provides supervision and direction to summer students in the safe performance of their assigned duties involving ground maintenance.
  • Maintains accurate records of daily activities and prepares reports on projects for current or future years as directed or required.
  • Coordinates annual community clean up event.
  • Assists in the planning and design of flower beds and landscape areas as directed.
  • Assists with the development of quotes for related areas of responsibility.
  • Applies for grants and funding opportunities that can increase and expand our programming or supplement our existing programs.
  • Provides monthly reporting and status updates on maintenance activities to the manager.
  • Coordinates with other Saulteau First Nations departments for parks and recreation maintenance requirements for scheduled events.
  • Cultivates a safe and welcoming environment within SFN Parks and Recreational areas.
  • Incorporates and evokes learnings through tradition and culture where possible.
  • Ensures costs are within the budget provided.
  • Participates actively as a SFN representative in collaborative partner networks and related community activities and SFN community events as required.

Adherence to Safety Regulations and Policies

  • Only undertakes work for which trained and qualified and/or certified for and follows approved safety procedures.
  • Complies with SFN’s safety policies and procedures, ensuring all activities are conducted in a safe manner and adhering to safety in the workplace and Work Safe BC regulations.
  • Conducts safety inspections of the parks and recreation areas to identify any hazards and inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning, correcting any deficiencies and/or reporting any potential hazards to the Supervisor.
  • Identifies and communicates emergency situations requiring immediate attention to the Supervisor. 

Required Qualifications and Certifications

  • Minimum high school diploma: preference will be given to those with post-secondary education in grounds maintenance or related area of study.
  • Prior experience in grounds related maintenance is preferred, where knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in grounds maintenance has been gained.
  • Prior supervisory experience is an asset.
  • Standard First Aid Certificate.
  • Chainsaw Safety Certificate.
  • Faller Certification.
  • Playground Safety Inspection Certificate.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License.
  • Police Information Check - Vulnerable Sector.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of First Nations culture and traditions.
  • Knowledge of safety legislation and best practices.
  • Skill in the proper operation and maintenance of grounds maintenance tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Positive attitude with creative and dynamic leadership skills.
  • Ability to work independently and unsupervised.
  • Ability to lift and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 100 pounds on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to perform prolonged walking or standing, frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching on a daily basis.

Work Conditions

  • Work is performed primarily during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with occasional opportunities for overtime.
  • Travel may be required within SFN community and surrounding community.
  • Works both indoors and outdoors; may be required to walk on rough ground conditions in all types of weather conditions.


Additional Info

  • Application Cut Off Date: Wednesday, 24 May 2023
  • Position Start Date: Monday, 05 June 2023
  • Position Type: Permanent
  • Expected Hours: Full Time
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