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#107022 Landscape Superintendent

Filing Deadline: Tue 4/20/2021

UC San Diego current employees who apply by 12/16/20 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 12/14/2020 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/23/2020. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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Under direction, the Landscape Superintendent will plan, direct, coordinate and supervise staff in all phases of Landscape Service Operations for a major campus, including but not limited to: Turf Management, Tree Maintenance, Maintenance of Open Turf and Shrubs, Outdoor Litter Control, Application of Fertilizers, Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems (manual and semi-automated), Maintenance of Tools, Supervise Refuse Disposal and Campus Special Event Support Coordination.

Provide daily supervision and direction to operational staff to deliver services, and provide excellent customer service and accurate service information to customers and the campus community. Work closely with external and internal customers to plan and schedule work for assigned team and campus areas and to establish scope of work and to identify timelines for completion. Screen applications, interview candidates and make selection recommendations for decisions on new hires. Coach and provide technical guidance to team members to build confidence and improve skills while ensuring consistency in landscape maintenance throughout all campus areas. Instruct assigned team members in proper safety practices and ensure constructive participation in departmental safety programs and safety committees. Ensure that accidents/injuries on the job are reported and investigated promptly, prepare all required information, and notify and submit accidents reports to departmental contacts appropriately.

Use electronic work management program (Maximo) for project scheduling and management, personnel management and work quality control, project cost accounting and account reconciliation. Review work orders in Maximo and inspect sites where work is to be performed. Estimate time, cost, labor, equipment and material needs. Assign personnel and order necessary equipment and materials. Discuss job details with subordinates to ensure conformity with work orders, specifications, and safety standards. Review, approve, and maintain time and material records including: time cards, material requisitions, purchase orders, work orders and backlog reports utilizing Maximo and HBS electronic work management and time keeping system. Use Microsoft Office Suite of software to create special presentation materials (charts, spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) for strategic planning and technical report writing.

  • Please note that there are two open vacancies for this recruitment. One position will be overseeing Real Estate managed properties while the other position will be overseeing UCSD Health properties. While each area has properties located both on and off campus, both Landscape Superintendents will be reporting to the main campus in La Jolla.

  • May be required to work outside normal schedule for emergencies as necessary.


  • Solid knowledge in landscape/groundskeeping services. Must possess broad knowledge and work experience in all areas of landscape maintenance and operations. Extensive professional experience in landscape planning and design.

  • Previous experience managing and administering a maintenance area including budget, planning, staffing and technical operations. Previous management and supervisory experience with the ability to direct and coordinate the work of others and maintain solid productivity and high morale. Solid and effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel.

  • Strong ability to provide plant and pest identification. Specific knowledge of turf grasses or combinations of turf grasses including growth characteristics, irrigation requirements, fertilization including trace minerals and diagnosis and treatment of infestation by noxious diseases and pests.

  • Specific knowledge of shrubs, trees and ground covers including growth characteristics, irrigation requirements, fertilization including trace minerals and diagnosis and treatment of infestation by noxious diseases and pests.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of soil types and conditions and the ability to perform and/or interpret soil analysis.

  • Proven ability to independently identify and research complex planning issues and formulate and recommend plans, programs and policies. Skill to research, organize and write planning reports and recommendations.

  • Demonstrated ability to read blueprints and specifications and to calculate material requirements taken from blueprints.

  • Intermediate computer applications skill. Strong knowledge and use of PC computers and related software programs such as, but not limited to: MS Office Outlook, Word, Excel. Knowledge of business office machines such as fax, telephone, cell phone, copier, calculator, etc.

  • Solid decision making and reasoning skills. Proven ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis.

  • Extensive experience working in a service-oriented environment and nurturing customer relationships through proactive service skills.

  • Excellent communication and positive interpersonal skills. Solid verbal and written communication skills in the English language, including active listening, flexibility, and critical thinking skills. Ability to effectively interact professionally with architects, contractors, and landscapers.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels of the University and establish effective working relationship in diverse environment of individuals and groups using a variety of interpersonal skills and knowledge. Ability to represent the University at public forums, discussions and negotiations with various community groups and/or agencies.

  • Proven experience to work effectively in a high volume, multiple demand environment. Proven ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management.


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

  • DMV background check and clearances required prior to employment.

  • Must possess and maintain 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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$63,400 - $103,100/Year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri