The superintendent of Grounds oversees 45 employees, including two tree surgeons, one mechanic, a foreman, and four sub-foremen. The department maintains approximately 972 acres, 20,000 trees, 90 miles of sidewalk, 580 waste containers, 40,000 sq. ft. of perennial flower beds, and 17,000 sq. ft. of annual flower beds. The campus is divided into four Grounds zones with one sub-foreman in each zone. Each of the tree surgeons has one grounds worker with them at all times and two grounds workers are dedicated full-time to the garbage route for exterior containers.
- Mowing 385 acres of grass
- Trimming bushes and hedges
- Pruning and removing trees
- Maintaining perennial and annual flower beds
- Weeding and weed control activities
- Repairing potholes
- Removing snow and ice from sidewalks
- Working with consultant horticulturists and landscape architects to plan attractive spaces that are easy and inexpensive to maintain
Grounds workers also clear leaves from parking lot drains and window wells; install, empty, and maintain exterior trash and recycling containers; remove deceased animals from outside buildings; and maintain bike paths and landscape irrigation systems.