Office Location: Grounds Building, University Road (off East Ave)
Office Phone: (802) 656-3866
Campus Mailing Address: Physical Plant, 284 East Avenue, Burlington, VT
Summer and Seasonal Employment
Students! Like to get your hands dirty? The Grounds department sometimes has summertime or seasonal opportunities to help with horticultural and grounds maintenance crews.
For more information, contact Rose
Leland UVM Grounds Manager.
Our tasks include...
- Maintenance of all trees, shrubs and turf on campus,
including mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, pruning, mulching,
seeding, fertilization, watering, and leaf removal
- Maintenance, snow plowing, and salting/sanding of parking
lots, sidewalks, and roadways
- Debris and litter pick-up, graffiti clearing
- Fence installation and maintenance, drain clearing,
trucking, and equipment repair and maintenance
- Responsible for over 300 acres, over 200 acres of trees,
shrubs, and turf, more than 2500 trees, 39 acres of parking lots, 15
miles of walkways, and 6 miles of roads
- Moving and trucking services for small jobs (e.g., moving
furniture or storage boxes across campus). To schedule, submit a FAMIS
Steps toward sustainability
- We do not use pesticides or herbicides on campus and we
practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
"Magic" to Reduce Salt Use on Campus
- We plant only native, zone hardy and site-specific plants
which require less maintenance and water, and are working to plant more
perennials on campus
- Irrigation on campus is limited to the athletic fields and
the main green
- Some of our diesel mowing equipment is fueled by biodiesel,
as is our dump truck
- We don't bag grass clippings
- We use only locally purchased compost and organic
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
- How does
Grounds prioritize work and determine spending
priorities for its various tasks?
Our number one priority is safety. Aesthetics follows not far behind.
Snow removal is always at the top of our list because it correlates
with both safety and aesthetics. We will spend all that we must to
remove snow to create a safe, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.
- How does Grounds schedule work around other
and activities (i.e., outdoor classes, picnics, and tours)?
We are in constant communication with other departments including
Events Services (CAES), Admissions, the President's
Office and other groups responsible for scheduling campus events.
Software programs including FAMIS, our work order scheduling system,
the campus events scheduling program, assist in
- Is Grounds involved in the decision making
landscaping around new buildings?
External architectural and engineering firms plan landscape designs for
new projects. The Grounds department is consulted by UVM Facilities
Design & Construction and Campus Planning Services
in the early
stages to review and comment on pre-construction plans. It is then
where we can comment on any issues we find relevant and make sure
campus standards are followed. Additionally, there are several campus
committees that evaluate and approve the designs.
- Who determines what to plant and
how much funding is dedicated to the landscape?
Landscape funding is most typically the last item in a project budget
so when funds need to be cut, unfortunately this is where it tends to
be. If a project comes up short in its budget, it can move forward
without some of the landscape, however, you can't build a building
without a roof, for example.
- Who determines where sidewalks are placed?
How is the
percentage of "green space" managed?
The amount of green space is managed through Campus Planning Services
and the Burlington
Planning & Zoning Office. Sidewalk placement is
typically part of the overall design with new building projects and is
part of the site package. However, because our campus is old, it has
developed in a "piece meal" fashion, which means that traffic plans are
always a challenge. Our approach to putting in any new sidewalks is to
first let people create their own paths and then install a hard
- When are outdoor spaces available for use in
When are grounds conditions acceptable?
Ground conditions and the weather determine when campus areas are
acceptable for outdoor events. Colder than average temperatures, late
season snowfalls and spring moisture are typical situations that delay
our usage of outdoor spaces.
- Who determines when Grounds is called in for
snow removal during the winter season? What is the protocol for plowing
Police Services determines when we are called in on off-hours for snow
removal because they are on campus 24 hours a day. During steady snow
storms, we continuously plow and salt (using
Magic Salt) when the storm slows down. If accumulations are
light and no plowing is necessary, we will apply salt as a preventive
measure to avoid freezing conditions.
- How do we prioritize the areas needing
attention for Commencement and how do we get the work done in such a
small window of time in the spring?
High profile, highly visible areas are concentrated on first. Outside
contractors are normally brought in to help with spring cleanup for
about one month with specific areas to clean up. The same contractors
have been used for the past few years to ensure they know the areas
well and understand what is expected to maintain the high standards of
- How does Grounds decide when to bring
contractors in to assist us with our work?
Landscape work is very weather dependent so there are many fluctuations
throughout the year regarding the workload and numbers of people needed
to perform the work. Contractors are used most often during the winter
to plow snow in larger parking lots and in the spring to help with
seasonal clean up of the grounds.
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