Job Description

Payroll Title:
Full Salary Range
$41,801.76 - $55,123.20/Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#121125 Lead Groundskeeper

Filing Deadline: Fri 2/10/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 1/27/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 2/10/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under general supervision, the Lead Groundskeeper will assist in scheduling, assigning and the 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 for purchases through campus procure-to-pay systems 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 the 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.


  • Demonstrated experience in landscape maintenance work including knowledge of methods, tools, materials and related equipment. At least two (2) years of 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.

  • Demonstrated 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.

  • Demonstrated experience safely operating, maintaining and cleaning commonly used landscape maintenance equipment and tools such as, but not limited to: mowers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, line trimmers, chain saws, rakes, shovels, hoes, brooms, and other related landscape maintenance equipment and tools.

  • Proven experience in the operation of trenchers, aerators, tractors, roto-tillers 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.

  • Demonstrated experience using various computer software programs including 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.

  • Proven 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 and 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.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $41,802 - $55,123 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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