The grounds crew chief, under the direction of the Physical Plant director, is responsible for the maintenance and appearance of the campus grounds. The grounds department is responsible for all exterior plant care, grass care, grounds trash pick-up, and snow removal. As the seasons permit, the personnel in the grounds maintenance department serve as a labor pool for the movement of heavy equipment and materials and painting. The work of this department is completely scheduled; therefore, work to be performed for an academic or administrative department is based on an approved work order.
The Physical Plant director is the coordinator for the campus recycling effort.