Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$19.06 - $21.03 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#118179 Sports Fields Equipment Operator

Extended Deadline: Thu 10/6/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/15/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/25/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


The Sports Field Equipment Operator, operate various turf equipment to perform duties related to turf maintenance. Follow established specifications to project a rich, well-manicured turf. Maintain and repair turf irrigation systems and related equipment. Under supervision, perform skilled and semi-skilled landscape maintenance duties. Perform preventive and routine maintenance on related equipment. Assist with other grounds and landscape maintenance tasks as necessary.


  • At least one year recent relevant work experience, or a combination of education and experience, performing routine turf maintenance, and grounds or garden maintenance work. Knowledge of related methods, tools, materials and equipment used.

  • Demonstrated ability to safely operate "ride on" mowers, tractors, turf sweepers, dump trucks and associated attachments and equipment for turf mowing, aerating and de-thatching. Demonstrated ability to safely operate trenchers, aerators, rototillers and other commonly-used power-driven landscape maintenance equipment.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to perform routine and preventive maintenance and 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, and air- and water-cooled engines.

  • Ability to understand and adhere to accepted trade turf maintenance standards.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of commonly used Southern California plant material, their cultural requirements, pests and diseases. Ability to identify undesirable plant material. Experience applying basic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods.

  • Demonstrated experience maintaining & repairing irrigation systems utilizing recognized standards, guidelines, applications and practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to function efficiently and productively as a team member, with all the interpersonal skills required to build and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals and work groups. Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, and interact effectively with a diverse University community of students, staff, faculty and general public, in a service-oriented environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas and information orally, electronically and in writing, in a manner which is clear and concise. Ability to understand and carry-out verbal and written instructions.

  • Ability to work effectively in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities and work assignments. Skill to prioritize work assignments and coordinate work schedule with others to meet established deadlines and department needs.

  • Ability to identify and suggest new ways to improve efficiency or productivity. Demonstrated problem-solving skills and sound judgment.

  • Ability to understand and apply University and Departmental policies and procedures.

  • Willingness and ability to perform all job duties utilizing knowledge and understanding of related University, State and Federal safety codes and practices.


  • Background and Reference check required prior to hire.

  • Must have valid CA driver license (or be willing to get within 10 days of hire). Must maintain good driving record and participate in DMV pull notice program throughout duration of employment.

  • Work schedule is Mon-Fri 6am-2:30pm, but flexibility required to work alternate schedule and/or overtime during peak periods and special events.

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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