Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$30.50 - $34.23 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#120826 Reserves Maintenance Steward (Hybrid)

Extended Deadline: Fri 6/16/2023

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 12/27/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/16/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Under the general supervision of the Reserves Manager for the Natural Reserve System (NRS), the Reserves Maintenance Steward will support the NRS mission of providing undeveloped lands and resources for university level teaching, research, and public service. Carry out grounds and infrastructure maintenance, as well as some light construction in support of the program at the four NRS Reserves. Perform regular (weekly) inspections of the Reserve lands and field station facilities, usually driving to the sites on unpaved roads in the heavy-duty truck with tool compartments and crane belonging to the NRS.

Perform all phases of analysis and troubleshooting to make minor repairs and perform upkeep of fences, gates, roads, signage, structures, irrigation, plumbing, electrical, and communications systems. Estimate time and material costs to review with Manager; select materials, and maintain accurate records of all repairs, design, and renovation. Assist in project design, acquisition and operation of the most appropriate tools and equipment, including rentals, as necessary or requested by supervisor. Responsible for maintaining and transporting, including with a towed trailer, various pieces of NRS powered equipment, including hand tools, weeders, chain saws, 4-wheel ATV, and small tractor with attachments.

This position may be eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to interface effectively with NRS staff and outside consultants, vendors and reserve users.

  • Demonstrated skill to analyze and solve problems relating to fabrication, design, construction, repair and maintenance of field station equipment and facilities, including those not on municipal utilities. Skill and knowledge to maintain buildings, including hantavirus precautions.

  • Skill in light construction and knowledge to use necessary tools and materials required in the construction of various structures, including sheds, shadehouses, fences and bridges.

  • Skill to perform minor plumbing duties involving various tools and fitting usually used in repair, maintenance, and installation of equipment.

  • Skill to perform maintenance involving testing and troubleshooting of electrical systems.

  • Ability to organize and follow up on projects, prioritizing tasks and identifying needs. Ability to work independently as a self-starter using initiative and good judgment

  • Knowledge to estimate the costs and time involved in the design of field station infrastructure components. Ability to accurately prepare and maintain records of work performed, such as costs and expenditure charges to projects

  • Skill to use and basic knowledge of various computers and related software.

  • Knowledge of safe use of agricultural tools, equipment, & chemicals.


  • Knowledge of California State construction code & applications.

  • Knowledge and skill to identify proper internet protocol communications and maintain connectivity of field station and equipment.

  • Knowledge, skill, and ability to install and maintain wireless mesh communication equipment, remote cameras and dataloggers.

  • Skill to design, repair, and maintain irrigation systems. Knowledge of water tables, natural water paths, flooding, and erosion, and preventive measures with regard to protecting the reserves’ resources.

  • Knowledge of and ability to repair and maintain field equipment such as mowers, weed whackers, chainsaws, chippers, and tractors.

  • Ability to communicate with, and advise staff, and reserve users in a clear and concise manner involving the proper use and maintenance of installed field equipment and systems. Skill to train and direct the work of various assistants and reserve users.


  • Work will largely take place on the Dawson, Elliot, Scripps and Kendall-Frost Reserves in western San Diego County, with occasional work and an annual meeting at other NRS reserves throughout the state.

  • To view more information on UC San Diego's Natural Reserve System you can visit the website at:

  • Work is frequently performed alone with no immediately available assistance, sometimes in areas of dense vegetation, including poison oak, on steep slopes, or in direct sun for extended periods.

  • A California Driver’s License is required for the use of UC vehicles. Will also participate in the DMV pull program.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check and DMV Check results.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,684 - $76,755 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.50 - $36.76

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, 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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