Cemetery Grounds Keeper

Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery25800 W. 10 Mile Rd.Southfield, MI 48033
Apply To:
Bob Hojnacki
Director of Cemeteries

Position Description

The Cemetery Grounds Keeper is responsible for performing a variety of tasks for cemetery and grounds operations. For example, preparing a plot for a committal or setting and installing a memorial at a property site. The Cemetery Grounds Keeper performs other general maintenance duties as directed by the lead groundsman.
Cemetery Grounds Keepers will demonstrate by example, CFCS’ Core Values–Share the Journey, Serve with Care, and Make It Happen–in all their dealings with families, staff, and internal/external contacts.
Reporting to the Lead Groundsman and Location Manager.


Category Description
Education and Experience ·     Able to perform math calculations and measurements
·     High School diploma/GED or vocational degree preferred; or,
·     3-5 years working as a grounds keeper or landscaper
·     2-4 years of operating heavy equipment and using power and hand tools
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities ·     Knowledge of the Catholic faith, rituals, and traditions
·     Understanding of the Order of Christian Funerals
·     Able to conduct oneself with a “Family First” approach
    Back-hoe, Bull-dozer, high-low experience, preferred
·     Able to work with others as part of a team and displaying a good attitude
·     Safety-oriented and use of PPE, equipment safe guards, and safe practices
·     Follow equipment cleaning and vehicle maintenance service protocols
·     General ground and facility maintenance knowledge and skills
·     Knowledge and ability of use of a variety of standard tools
·     Knowledge of cemetery operations and maintenance
·     Possess Basic computer skills
Licenses and Certifications Valid state issued driver’s license, good driving record, and proof of insurance is required
Physical Requirements ·     Lift or carry objects weighing between 100-150 lbs.
·     Push or pull up to 300 lbs. with a wheeled cart
·     Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions
    Able to work at high elevations

o   Be mindful of families visiting the location and have a “Serve with Care” attitude
o   Complete all mandated training as required by CFCS, and federal/state laws/regulations
o   Use the CFCS Safety Manual and safe practices checklists
o   Maintain situational awareness of potential hazards and employ safe practices
o   Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for the tasks performed
o   Follow procedures for equipment checkout, inspection, and repair
o   Maintain facility assets including the storage of fuel, tools, and cemetery equipment
o   Handle hazardous chemicals, fuels, and waste per Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
o   Safely operate motor vehicles, backhoe, and other equipment
o   Complete daily ground operations as directed and per procedure and checklist
o   Prepare committal sites as directed by work/burial orders
o   Perform general facility maintenance as directed by manager
o   Maintain the appearance and upkeep of mausoleum, and niche areas
o   Maintain cemetery grounds and general appearance
o   Set foundations and install memorials
o   Follow equipment cleaning and vehicle maintenance service protocols
o   Monitor and maintain products and supplies inventory used for operational tasks
The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer that does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital or other legally protected status. Job ID:105255