Job Description

Payroll Title:
Full Salary Range
$39,003.84 - $51,490.08/Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#116152 Grounds Equipment Operator

Filing Deadline: Wed 7/13/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled. Initial application deadline: 6/3/2022.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/25/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/3/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under supervision, the Grounds Equipment Operator will operate ride-on and walk-behind mowers and tractors with aerating and de-thatching attachments or fertilizer spreader. Perform bi-annual turf care aeration and turf thatch removal. Operate "loader" tractors, dump trucks and pick up trucks to remove and transport thatch debris. Operate turf sweepers to perform core removal during aerating, thatch removal during de-thatching, and clipping removal after mowing. Follow established specifications to project a rich, well-manicured turf. Perform preventive and routine maintenance on related equipment. Assist other Grounds work crews with routine grounds and landscape maintenance tasks as necessary.

  • May be required to work overtime as operationally necessary.


  • One (1) year of experience in the operation of medium to heavy power-grounds equipment such as ride-on mowers, tractors, turf sweepers, dump trucks and associated attachments, equipment for turf mowing, aerating, de-thatching, and fertilizer spreading or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience performing routine turf maintenance.

  • Experience, ability and/or training in routine and preventive maintenance of medium to heavy power-grounds equipment including performance of minor repairs, including oil, belt and filter changes, lubrication, replenishing fluid levels when necessary, tires and general cleaning.

  • Basic understanding of mechanical concepts in the area of hydraulics, electrical belts and pulleys, P.T.O.’s, gasoline and diesel engines, air and water cooled engines.

  • Demonstrated ability to safely and effectively utilize related hand and power tools.

  • Proven ability to understand and adhere to trade accepted horticulture maintenance standards.

  • Ability to effectively perform repetitive tasks while maintaining awareness of surroundings for continuous periods (up to 4 hours) on a daily basis.

  • Effective problem solving skills and sound judgement. Demonstrated ability to identify and suggest new ways to improve efficiency or productivity.

  • Proven ability to remain flexible and effectively adjust to changing priorities. Ability to follow through and carry out all assignments.

  • Strong ability to communicate ideas and information verbally, in writing and electronically in a manner which is clear and concise. Ability to effectively work independently and with diverse teams of people.


  • DOJ/FBI background check and clearance required prior to employment.

  • DMV record check and clearance prior to employment. Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and will be required to participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

  • Must be physically able to perform all essential functions.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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:

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