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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Current Opportunities

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Maintenance Grounds Crew Member

Germantown Friends School is seeking a Maintenance Grounds Crew Member who will be responsible for the maintenance of all landscaping and outdoor common areas. This is a non-exempt (12-month) position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Edge and mow grass regularly to prevent overgrowth.
  • Perform daily blow-down of sidewalks, parking lots, and playground areas.
  • Perform minor and routine maintenance on all groundskeeping equipment and vehicles.
  • Keep all school campus grounds in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Maintain all outdoor trash receptacles to ensure that debris is kept to a minimum at all times.
  • Pick up and disposes of litter daily throughout the property.
  • Maintain all other landscapes and outdoor common areas.
  • Maintain wood carpet levels in all playgrounds.
  • Assists other grounds and maintenance workers as needed and/or assigned.
  • Clean drains.
  • Deliver packages.
  • Remove snow.
  • Climb ladder up to 40 feet in height.
  • Conduct daily maintenance checks on grounds equipment to ensure everything is in safe working order and good repair.
  • Maintain maintenance records for groundskeeping equipment.
  • Operate snow plows, tractors, front end loader, spreaders, aerators, rollers, mowers, rotary, walk-behind mowers, zero-turn mowers, hedge trimmers and string trimmers.
  • Perform daily assignments and projects set by the department supervisor.
  • Stay in direct contact with the department supervisor and report any maintenance problems in a timely manner.
  • Maintain security in school building in accordance with school policy procedures.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all school constituents to coordinate activities and projects, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information regarding maintenance, care, and use of grounds.
  • Possess the ability to operate all related machinery and equipment.
  • Prior operating knowledge of/or ability to learn SchoolDude and MS Office products.
  • Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect community safety.
  • Dependable and cooperative.


  • High School diploma or GED preferred.
  • Two-three years of experience and fundamental knowledge of mechanical equipment used (lawn mower, edger, weed trimmer, tractor mower, vehicle, post hole digger, chain saw, tractor accessories, ladders, dry line maker, field striper, snow plow, hand tools, and power tools).
  • Must be available to work mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays for snow removal and emergencies.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable.

Physical Requirements

  • Groundskeepers need to be in good physical shape due to the strenuous nature of the job.
  • Be able to stand and walk for most of the day.
  • Able to lift 70 lbs.
  • Requires physical exertion to manually lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials.
  • Requires stooping, kneeling, crawling, bending, turning, and reaching.
  • Requires climbing and balancing.
  • Must work indoors and outdoors all year round.
  • Must work in and around dust, fumes, and odors.
  • Must be able to drive a mechanical vehicle.

Expectations for All Employees

Must successfully complete all state, federal, and child abuse clearances.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Please include “Maintenance Grounds Crew” in the subject line.

Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at

Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit

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