at The Culinary Institute of America (view profile)
Location Napa
Date Posted February 15, 2019
Job Type Full-time



The Groundskeeper is responsible for maintaining the aesthetic properties of the campus grounds in addition to preventative maintenance, irrigation, pruning, planting and tree care.


  • Harvests, weighs, labels and delivers edible product whenever ripe so that it can be sold and not go to waste.
  • Maintains all growing plants, gardens and beds to a professional aesthetic including labels for all edible plants, shrubs and trees.
  • Irrigates, fertilizes and weeds all planted areas.
  • Maintains, repairs and extends the campus irrigation system and timers whenever necessary.
  • Maintains ground covers, augmenting as needed.
  • Prunes fruit trees, ornamental trees, hedges, and herbs
  • Operates weed trimmer and blower to maintain borders, terraces, gardens etc.
  • Plants and maintains seasonal colorful annuals to enhance the appearance of the campus.
  • Maintains clean and tidy work-site wherever and whenever at work.
  • Conducts tours of the herb gardens whenever needed, explaining each varietal in as much detail as necessary.
  • Interacts with chefs and students regarding availability of edible products
  • Is responsible for safeguarding equipment, tools and supplies.
  • Works at the CIA student farm at Krug when necessary
  • Communicates regularly with CIA team, checks email daily, uses time-clock at the main building
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent.


  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in same or similar position.

Licenses / Certifications:

  • Valid Driver License.


  • Ability to prioritize garden and grounds keeping related tasks, working efficiently and independently.
  • Effective communication and professional interactions with other employees.
  • Displays exemplary professional demeanor at all times.
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to be adaptable, dependable and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.


  • Must be available to work overtime on nights and weekends as required by business needs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in varied and extreme temperatures and rain for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry thirty (30) pounds and occasionally lift and carry fifty (50) pounds with assistance.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, bend over, crouch and kneel regularly.


At The Culinary Institute of America, it is important to us that we support our employees with a substantial and meaningful package of benefits.  We believe in supporting our employees with benefits to assist with work life balance.

Benefits are offered based on the position type and status. Benefits offered may include:

  • Medical and prescription drug plan.
  • Dental plan, Vision plan.
  • Insurance: Life, Home, Auto, even Pet!
  • Short- and long-term disability plans.
  • Generous paid time off programs, including paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings plan 403(b) with company contribution.
  • Employee assistance program.
  • Tuition assistance programs.
  • And more!
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