Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$77,340 - $82,600/Year
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Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon.-Fri. Occasional weekends

#121217 Tree Maintenance and Quality Control Supervisor

Extended Deadline: Tue 10/3/2023

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.

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 recruitment will remain open until filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/02/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/03/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under general supervision, the Tree Maintenance and Quality Control Supervisor plans, coordinates and supervises assigned staff in multiple phases of landscape operations and maintenance, particularly tree maintenance, and may provide supervisory support as needed in the areas of turf maintenance, horticulture, pest control, irrigation, equipment operation/maintenance, and landscape construction. Supervises, instructs and trains members of the Tree Crew, including Tree Trimmers and Tree Crew Laborers and occasionally other Facilities Management staff, in the use of equipment, work methods, new procedures and techniques of tree maintenance. Ensures that tree crew members are trained and proficient in current practices, standards and regulatory requirements.

Inspects trees for disease, noticeable hazardous conditions, and assists the Urban Forest Superintendent with maintaining campus tree inventory. Meets with internal and external customers to coordinate regular tree maintenance and initiates special requests as required. Determines when outside contractors must be utilized to augment department staff. Ensures that the tree crew has proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including fall protection, and are properly trained in its use. Oversees the inspection and maintenance of vehicles, tools, equipment and PPE, scheduling inspections and maintenance, and procuring equipment and supplies as needed. Inspects the team's work after completion of tree maintenance activities.

Oversees the installation and maintenance of campus flags and flagpoles by the Tree Crew Laborers, including replacement of flags as required and retiring them properly, as well as keeping track of Presidential Proclamations for lowering flags to half-mast. Receives predetermined work assignments that are subject to a moderate level of control and review. Works on issues of limited scope. Directs subordinates to complete assignments using established guidelines, procedures, and policies. Requires full knowledge of own area of functional responsibility.

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


  • Working knowledge in landscape/grounds keeping services. Experience (typically at least three (3) years of experience) in Tree Care Operations. Broad knowledge and work experience in management of all areas of Tree Care Operations and landscape maintenance in a large academic, hospital or commercial setting.

  • Strong leadership or supervisory experience planning and coordinating the work of others and maintaining solid productivity and high morale. Supervisory experience including, but not limited to recommending hires, promotions, classifications, progressive discipline, dismissal actions and evaluating performance. Experience effectively following operational and human resources practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide plant and pest identification. 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.

  • Proven knowledge of soil types and conditions and the ability to perform and/or interpret soil analysis. Ability to detect and identify pests and pathogens as well as contributing factors to their development.

  • Experience working within and following standard safety regulations, policies, and procedures typical to the trade. Knowledge of and experience using appropriate safety equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Knowledge and demonstrated experience with the proper and safe methods and equipment used in all aspects of Tree Care Operations.

  • Proven ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency or sensitive situations along with the ability to carry out work according to policies and procedures.

  • Experience demonstrated by skill to logically analyze complex situations and data. Demonstrated experience developing clear and concise reports or recommendations for management. Proven ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret data and provide an appropriate response.

  • Basic computer application skills. Experienced user of standard computer systems and applications such as, but not limited to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with other computer applications used in a facilities management operation.

  • Effective problem solving skills and use of sound judgment. Working decision making and reasoning skills, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problems and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis.

  • Working verbal and written communication skills in the English language, including active listening, flexibility, critical thinking, and the ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to supervise and communicate with diverse populations including faculty, staff, students and campus community. Working, effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel.


  • Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture preferred.

  • QAL (Qualified Applicators License -- pesticide applicators license) may berequired.

  • Bloodborne pathogen and sharps disposal training.


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

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $53,600 - $111,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $25.67 - $53.45

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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