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The Grounds Crew is responsible for maintaining over 450 acres of the campus including 200 acres of trees, shrubs, and turf, 2,500 trees, 39 acres of parking lots, 9 miles of roads, and 15 miles of walkways.

Grounds Staff List

Office Location: Grounds Building, 50 University Road

Office Phone:  (802) 656-3866

For Emergency Snow Removal Needs: Service Operations Support (SOS) at 802-656-2560

TitleNameEmail
Grounds Manager Matthew "Matt" Walkeremail Matt 
Grounds SupervisorTom Whalenemail Tom
Office Support GeneralistLori Bergevinemail Lori

 

What We Do

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Duties include care of all trees, shrubs, horticulture and turf which entails mowing, trimming, weeding, planting, pruning, mulching, seeding, fertilization, watering, and leaf removal. Winter duties include all snow removal, snow plowing and salting/sanding of all parking lots, sidewalks, and roadways.

Summer and Seasonal Employment

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Students! Like to get your hands dirty? The Grounds crew often has summer or seasonal opportunities to work with campus horticultural and grounds maintenance crews. Check the JobX portal through the UVM Student Employment Office.

Our Steps Towards Sustainability

  • We practice Integrated Pest Management or IPM
  • We use native, zone hardy site-specific plants
  • We limit irrigation to athletic fields and the main Campus Green only
  • We use mulching mowers and don't bag grass clippings from lawn mowing.
  • We collaborate with campus partners on stormwater management solutions
  • We are pilot testing electric mowers and lawn equipment
  • We reduce our plastic waste by returning flower pots to our grower/supplier for reuse

Best Practices for Snow & Ice Removal

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We employ best practices for snow and ice removal which include:

  • Pre-treatment of surfaces with brine to prevent snow bonding to the surfaces and ensure maximum impact of salt application.
  • Pre-treatment of road salt with a liquid deicing product that enhances the melting capabilities of the salt in lower temperatures. The ProMelt Ultra 2000 liquid is made from refined corn carbohydrate derivative blended with magnesium chloride.
  • Annual staff training on best practices and optimal application rates of salt.
  • Secure storage of salt in constructed covered sheds to ensure that no salt leaches out from the structure.

Tips for Responsible Hammocking to Protect Campus Trees

Trees are an essential part of creating a welcoming college campus – so please do your part to hammock responsibly so we can protect the trees and the natural environment on campus.

  • Choose two trees about 12-15 feet apart with trunk diameters at least 12" wide at 5 feet up from the ground. If you can visibly shake the tree trunk, don’t hammock on it!
  • Use wide webbed protective hammock straps such as these.  Using thin straps or ropes can cut into tree bark or strip it off entirely, which leaves the trees vulnerable to insects, disease, and the weather.
  • Limit one hammock per pair of trees! Hammocks set up on top of or next to each other add significantly more stress and weight to our trees.
  • Choose trees without any branches lower than 6 feet up on the trunk so the straps don't rub on them after the hammock is hung.