Cemetery Supervisor & Groundskeeper
Looking for an opportunity to advance your career in Groundskeeping and Supervision? Join the Montana Veteran Affairs Division as a Cemetery Supervisor and Groundskeeper!
The Cemetery Section Supervisor manages the Montana State Veteran Cemetery (MSVC) for the Department of Military Affairs. The position is responsible for managing and administering the MSVC and related cemetery program operations; directing and coordinating burial arrangements; and performing grounds-keeping, landscaping, grounds maintenance, equipment operation and maintenance, liaison with mortuary personnel, and sensitive communications with family and friends of those interred/inurned on cemetery grounds. The position reports to the Cemetery Program Manager/ Bureau Chief, and is responsible for the MSVC operational program and supervision of all groundskeepers and contracted staff members.
Personnel Supervision and Operational Management - Supervise groundskeepers and contracted staff and manage the MSVCs operations, policies, and equipment to ensure efficient and safe program operations Cemetery Operations - grounds maintenance and landscaping functions.
Burial Arrangements - completing Pre-Registration applications for interment at a Veterans Cemetery.
Physical and Environmental Demands: Physical demands are those typically associated with working in an outdoor environment, to include operating light and heavy equipment. Must be capable of physical labor throughout the workday; to include routinely lifting or maneuvering objects weighing up to 100 lbs. The environmental demands also include routine exposure to and communication with clients/visitors who are experiencing various levels of emotional sensitivity to include sadness, frustration, confusion, impatience, depression, and/or anger.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge: The position requires knowledge of the methods and techniques of landscaping, irrigation, grounds and facilities maintenance, tree and shrub planting and development, and the operation, maintenance and repair of equipment (e.g., backhoe, tractor, mowers, etc.). The position requires knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations regarding burials, water and land use, etc.; National Shrine Standards for cemetery operations; supervisory principles and practices, DMA and State Personnel policies, procedures, and precedents; safety methods and techniques; and on the job training methods and techniques.
Skills: The position requires skill in the maintenance and operation of motorized light and heavy equipment; including tractors, backhoes, forklifts, dump trucks, utility trucks, loaders, power tools, as well as hand tools, irrigation pumps, and attachments for equipment including rotary sweepers, pesticide/herbicide dispensers, and snow-blowers. Performing maintenance and associated mechanical repair on light and heavy power equipment, maintaining and repairing underground sprinkler systems, control panels and associated components. Operating office equipment such as copy machine and computer.
Abilities: Maintain positive emotional environment and positive communications in commonly stressful and sensitive circumstances. This includes maintaining relationships with the public; responding to inquiries regarding the cemetery and burial eligibility; establishing and maintaining relationships with various governmental agencies, veterans service organizations, public serve and fraternal organizations, funeral directors and other vendors, and visitors. Maintain positive emotional environment and positive communications in commonly stressful and sensitive circumstances. Maintain confidentiality of clients and respect diversity of clientele and daily contacts.
Professionalism: Project a positive image of the agency to clients and others, establish and maintain productive working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and members of the general public. Working environment can be highly stressful, which necessitates the ability to engage in a positive manner and maintain composure with those in contact with. A positive working attitude is crucial, as are the abilities to maintain a mutually supportive, communicative relationship with supervisors, agency staff, bereaved families/friends, mortuary personnel, vendors and cemetery visitors.
Organization and Accuracy: Organize and prioritize work effort and effectively follow verbal and written instructions; and perform work effort in accordance to the agency's policies and procedures, while maintaining/enhancing requisite expertise necessary for conduct of duties.
Must have demonstrated ability to work with and engage in diverse working environments within and outside the Department of Military Affairs.