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Lead Groundsworker - (Lead Groundsworker) - Facilities Services

Apply now Job no: 520994
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title

Lead Groundsworker


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 Housing


Appointment Type



Time Base

Full-Time (1.0)


Work Schedule

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


Anticipated Hiring Range

$4,000 per month ($48,000.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Grounds Operations Manager, the Lead Groundsworker provides working supervision to grounds staff for the performance of general gardening, grounds maintenance, utility services and landscape installation for the Housing facilities. Performs general gardening, grounds maintenance and utility services for Housing facilities.


Position Information

Plans and schedules work activities; prioritizes and reviews work assignments; provide advice and assistant to other employee in the resolution of technical/operational questions and problems; trains other employees; and provides input on matters relating to employee’s selection and work performance.
Waters, fertilizes, and sprays plants and soil to provide nutrition, water or pest control using buckets, hoses, fertilizer bags and hand and push spreaders, backpack, and hand and power tank sprayers. Prepares and treats soil, spreads mulch, rakes leaves, hoes weeds and plants gardens or lawns to maintain attractive, healthy gardens using hands or long and short handled digging, debris removal, and cultivating tools, wheelbarrows and power cultivation and earth moving equipment. Plants are in containers from 4" to 48" in diameter. Inspect plants, identifies common pests and coordinates pest control work in area. Plans the development and maintenance of special planting areas or ornamental gardens and estimates costs of plants and other landscape materials to establish and maintain attractive gardens. Observes daily and seasonal variability of weather and temperature patterns to plan and complete horticultural, irrigation and
pest control activities for maximum effectiveness, using available weather sources, written reference material and knowledge and experience. Keeps records and maintains report to document estimates and actual costs for time and materials to summarize and analyze the cost of work activities.
Monitors on-line sprinkler scheduling through the Online CalSense central control module. Digs, moves materials and works in trenches and holes to maintain, install, and perform repairs of sprinkler lines and heads to keep underground irrigation systems working properly using long and short handled or digging tools and hand tools such as pipe cutters and wrenches. Inspect services and maintains controllers and underground wiring to ensure proper functioning of irrigation systems using a wide variety of hand tools such as screwdrivers, wire strippers pliers and electrical testing devices.
Prunes trims and stakes trees, hedges and shrubs and removes trimmings and other debris using short and long handled pruners, ladders, hand and power saws, hedge trimmers, debris removal tools and hands. Collects and loads debris into tarps and containers or trucks up to 72" above ground level. Transports drives and operates wood chipper.
Orders, receives and stores supplies necessary to complete job activities using a computer, forms, pen or pencil, telephone and other office equipment. Maintains hoses, sprinklers and related tools and equipment to ensure proper working order using hands and hand tools.
Operates and maintains power equipment to achieve efficiency using power mowers, sweepers, edging machines,  trimmers,  chain saws,  sprayers,  spreaders,  rot  tillers  and  blowers  and other  gardening  power equipment. Maintenance activities include cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment, sharpening blades and replacing damaged or worn parts external to engine block and carburetor.
Installs and maintains paving, drains, benches, fences, retaining walls and similar structures to maintain integrity and function of the structure, furniture, fences, and retaining walls using lumber, asphalt, concrete, concrete blocks, granular materials and long or short handled digging and debris removal, masonry, leverage and fabrication tools and power cutting, excavation, fabrication, demolition or compaction equipment.
Prepares infields and lines athletic fields to meet requirements of sporting events using hand and power tools and equipment and paint, powdered limestone, long handled grading tools, tractor or truck and drag mat.  Aerifies lawns to maintain health and attractiveness of grass using flags to guide work with self- propelled and tractor mounted aerating equipment.  Applies pesticides and fertilizers as necessary using sprayer attachments for tractor.
Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, and tools and equipment used in planting, cultivating, and caring for flowers, shrubs, lawns, and trees. General knowledge of common plant diseases, pests, and weeds; approved methods and materials used in their control and eradication, horticultural methods and materials; and planting and growing requirements of plants commonly grown in California.
Ability to lay out, coordinate, and oversee the work of others; provide training, interpret policies and explain methods and procedures; inspect and evaluate the work of others; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; and perform general gardening and grounds maintenance work.
Two years of experience in planting, cultivating and maintaining flowers and shrubs, or in general grounds maintenance work.

Preferred Qualifications

College level education and supervisory experience preferred.
Spanish language fluency preferred.

Required License/Certification

California Driver’s License, Class C; and Class B may be required if regularly assigned to tree trimming work.

The person holding this position is 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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.



Expectations Regarding Working Relationships and Conditions
A.    Completes job tasks, related support tasks such as cleaning the shop, and emergency response assignments according to the priority in which they are assigned, understanding that specific duties can vary widely from task to task and day to day.
B.    Coordinates work activities with other department trades and offices to achieve cooperative and effective work relationships and schedules.
C.    Wears distinctive work clothing, protective clothing and shoes and utilizes other safety equipment and  devices  to  clearly  identify  campus  employees  to  the  public  and  to  provide protection  of employees and those around them.
D.   Communicates with supervisor and colleagues in person and by radio to receive work assignments, communicate   circumstances from   remote   sites   and   clarify   work   schedules,   assignments, accomplishments, and any obstacles or opportunities encountered, and time and materials used, using voice, written records, and portable radios.
E.    Works at the Tiburon campus and at other off-site locations, when requested.

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 strongly encourages 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 are encouraged 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


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU).  CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California.  Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception.  While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

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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