Grounds Supervisor

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida. For more about the Ringling, please see the "Other Information" section.


The Grounds Supervisor serves as a working supervisor, managing and supervising the Estate Gardeners at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Complex and coordinates with the Landscaping Superintendent to ensure continuity of operations, proper scheduling, and inventory.

Responsibilities will include:

- Works with the Landscaping Superintendent to coordinate and distribute workload for the grounds team. Responds to and assists with emergency grounds needs. Ensures proper completion of work assignments to include special grounds projects. Generates and responds to emails and work orders via online work order system. Updates work orders regarding progress or completion of work order assignments.

- Inspects projects to evaluate work in progress and to ensure project quality. Identifies deficiencies and implements corrective action as needed. Drives golf carts to traverse the 66 acre campus to deliver supplies and carry equipment.

- As a working supervisor, the incumbent assists as needed with grounds projects and grounds maintenance. May cover areas of responsibility for other grounds staff.

- Monitors and approves leave usage and time worked. Assists with hiring, coaching, and terminating employees and making recommendations regarding employment status. Conducts training for new employees. Prepares performance evaluations.

- Recommends new procedures to improve efficiency, productivity. Implements and enforces loss prevention measures. Other duties as assigned.


High school diploma or equivalency and two years’ experience or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to two years. Relevant training may substitute for experience.

Experience training and supervising employees.

Ability to meet physical requirements as determined by position to include lifting/moving objects up to 50 lbs, working with chemicals, working in extreme weather conditions, and standing and walking for extended periods.

Skill in safely operating various types of motorized vehicles including, but not limited to, tractors and golf-carts.

Ability to perform groundskeeping work to include the transplanting, cultivation, pruning, and trimming of plants, shrubs, and trees.

Knowledge of computer functions, including Microsoft Office. Ability to learn applicable computer applications, such as computer based work order systems.

Valid Florida driver's license or the ability to obtain prior to hire.

Ability to obtain State and local fertilizer Best Management Practices (BMP) certificate and Limited Lawn and Ornamental Pesticide Applicators license within the first six months of employment.


3 to 5 years experience in a grounds/landscaping supervisory role is preferred.

Other Information

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida—which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated Salary Range will be up to $35,000 + Florida state benefits available.

Pay Plan

This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


While the primary working hours for this position are between 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM (with a 30 minute meal period) Tuesday through Saturday, the incumbent may be required to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and special events based on the needs of the Ringling.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Veterans' Preference

Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, will receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. For information on who may be eligible for Veterans' Preference, go to, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.

IMPORTANT: In order to claim Veterans' Preference, applicants must upload a DD-214 (and other documentation, as applicable) with their online application prior to the closing date of the job opening.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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