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Groundsworker - Grounds Maintenance/Grounds Housing, Facilities Services

Apply now Job no: 506182
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time

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SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus.  Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect  Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Facilities Services - Grounds Maintenance/Grounds Housing

Appointment Type


Time Base

Full-Time (1.0)

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday; 6:00am - 2:30pm

Anticipated Hiring Range

$3,355.00 per month ($40,260.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Grounds Supervisor, the primary responsibility of the Groundsworker is to plant, cultivate, fertilize, water; rake leaves; remove weeds; remove debris; maintain lawns; prepare and treat soils for planting; utilize and maintain tools, supplies and equipment; trim and prune trees, shrubs, and hedges; and erect tree supports. The Groundsworker may operate and perform minor maintenance on small power-operated equipment. They may also assist in sprinkler repair or nursery functions; and provide work direction to students or unskilled assistants.

Position Information

The Groundsworker position requires a skill level and knowledge commensurate with the ability to perform the job, including the above skill requirements, in a semi-independent manner under the direct supervision of the Grounds Operations Manager.
General gardening, grounds and exterior maintenance, and landscape installation.
Related duties as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
At All Times
  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
  • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others and the office environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of general gardening and grounds maintenance methods. General knowledge of proper methods of planting, cultivating, and caring for hedges, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns, and flowers, and the use and care of gardening materials, tools, and equipment.
Ability to recognize the more common species of ornamental shrubs, trees and flowers grown in California; perform strenuous physical work as described in this classification; utilize mechanical aptitude and motor coordination; learn to skillfully operate small trucks and power-driven grounds equipment; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; and follow simple oral and written instructions.
One year of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or in general grounds maintenance work, or in related manual labor.

Preferred Qualifications

The Groundsworker will be responsible for the maintenance of the University’s grounds adhering to the high standards of the department and the University.  As such, the Groundsworker should have basic knowledge of:
•     Turf and plant maintenance
•     Irrigation installation and maintenance
•     Pesticide application; Possession of a valid California State Qualified Applicator Certificate is desirable
•     Installation of plant material
•     Pruning
•     Equipment usage and maintenance
•     Landscape installation
Must have a general knowledge of the methods, materials, chemicals, and equipment, used in landscape construction or maintenance to perform the skill requirements listed. Candidate must be able to work in a highly visible position. Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills including English language usage and comprehension capacity. Under the direction of the Grounds Operations Manager, candidate must have strong professional skills, the ability to work independently and follow through with tasks independently. Candidate must possess a strong ability to coordinate multiple projects throughout the year. Candidate must have the ability to work well with students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Core Competencies – embody the following competencies:
•     Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
•     Effective communication skills.
•     Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
•     Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
•     Diversity and inclusion.


Successful candidate must have a non-restricted valid state driver's license. Position may require the use of state vehicle to interact with employees in satellite locations (Downtown Campus, Romberg-Tiburon Campus, etc.).
Moderate to heavy physical tasks. Must be able to lift in excess of 75 pounds. Majority of work will be outdoors and in inclement weather. Position requires the ability wear a uniform that is used by the department and to carry a department provided mobile phone and answer calls during the work schedule.
Required License/Certification
Fingerprinting is required for this position in compliance with Practice Directive 201.
Successful candidate must have a non-restricted valid state driver's license. Position may require the use of state vehicle to interact with employees in satellite locations (Downtown Campus, Romberg-Tiburon Campus, etc.).
Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions.  SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Employment Requirement

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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