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#107031 Lead Groundskeeper

Filing Deadline: Tue 6/15/2021

UC San Diego current employees who apply by 12/11/20 will have priority consideration for this position. Recruiters will refer qualified internal candidates after the first 7 days of the job posting. All qualified external applicants and additional internal applicants who apply after the priority date may have further consideration pending the results of the initial review.

This position will remain open until filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/09/2020 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/18/2020. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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Under general supervision, the Lead Groundskeeper will assist in the scheduling, assigning and coordination of the work of one or more teams of Landscape Technicians. Assist with determining duties, utilization of materials and equipment, and development of work methods. Inspect work assignments for quality control and completion of tasks. Receive equipment and supply requests from crew. Process requests through Marketplace for purchases up to $5,000. Pick up and deliver supplies. Maintain equipment and supply records. Verify electronic submitted time and material records in timekeeping and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems for accuracy. Maintain accurate records for Landscape Services projects. Write, submit or call in landscape maintenance work orders to Facilities Management (FM) Service Desk and report any maintenance problems or urgent issues to Superintendent.

Operate a variety of hand and power tools such as: mowers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, line trimmers, chain saws, rakes, shovels, hoes, brooms and other related landscape maintenance tools. Maintain tools and equipment in clean and safe working order. Use assigned tools and power equipment in a safe and prescribed manner, avoiding injury, misuse, breakage or loss. Trim, mow, edge, fertilize, renovate and aerate turf areas. Irrigate, feed, and mulch around trees, shrubs and hedges. Trim and prune small trees, shrubs and hedges. Weed, prune, hedge, rake, blow, sweep, mulch and fertilize landscaped areas.

  • Must be able to work overtime or weekends occasionally.


  • Experience in landscape maintenance work including knowledge of methods, tools, materials and related equipment. At least two (2) years recent and direct experience working as a Landscape Technician or Groundskeeper at a University, College, Hospital, Municipality, and/or other large commercial facility or a combination of education and experience.

  • Proven experience prioritizing, coordinating and directing the work of a landscape maintenance team at a University, College, Hospital, Municipality, and/or other large commercial facility.

  • Demonstrated experience maintaining plant material. Solid understanding of their cultural requirements, pests and diseases, and ability to identify undesirable plant material.

  • Experience maintaining and repairing irrigation systems utilizing recognized standards, guidelines, applications and practices. Experience creating irrigation schedules and programming irrigation controllers based on horticultural and water conservation principles.

  • Experience safely operating, maintaining and cleaning commonly used landscape maintenance equipment and tools such as but not limited to: mower, edger, blower, hedge trimmer, line trimmer, chain saw, rake, shovel, hoe, broom, and other related landscape maintenance equipment and tools.

  • Proven experience in the operation of trenchers, aerators, tractors, rototillers and other commonly used power driven landscape maintenance equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to train and instruct a diverse workforce utilizing strong interpersonal and presentation skills.

  • Strong skill to establish and implement short and medium range landscape maintenance plans.

  • Experience using various computer software programs like email, internet, word processing and databases. Ability to transfer information and figures into report format. Written and computer skills must be sufficient to complete basic forms, logs, reports and email correspondence.

  • Proven ability to provide excellent customer service and interact in a positive manner within a multi-cultural environment. Ability to use problem-solving skills and sound judgement.

  • Solid ability to effectively communicate verbally, in writing, and electronically. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Ability to follow through and carry out assignments. Ability and skill to evaluate own work and documentation for completion and accuracy of data. Ability to be flexible and constantly adjust to changing priorities.


  • DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California driver license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$39,400.56 - $51,949.44/Year
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Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday