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Lead Groundsworker - Parking Maintenance and Events (Lead Groundsworker)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

Under general supervision and in cooperation with the manager of Landscape Services, the Lead Groundsworker prioritizes and coordinates the work of the Parking Maintenance and Events team, assigns, directs, and assists work of the team, supports Parking Services, and performs other tasks as assigned by the manager in support of the university and Facilities Services.  Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Daily Work Assignment and Oversight: Assigns work, monitors work progress, performs quality control checks and inspects completed work, trains and provides work direction to shop personnel, and may provide input to the appropriate manager on evaluations. Creates and assigns work orders. 

Exterior Cleaning and Trash Removal: Responsible for coordinating and participating in all cleaning and maintenance of parking structures and lots, including elevators and stairwells.

Shop Supplies and Equipment and Documentation: Requisitions supplies and equipment; tracks shop material and equipment; complete the documentation for work orders.

Construction Site Assistance: Tasks include preparing the construction area, performing rough repair work and demolition, removing debris, hauling material/supplies, and assisting skilled trades.

Maintenance and Operation of Shop and General Support: Maintains and services tools and equipment used in the performance of duties; performs shop clean-up and maintains a safe and clean work area; assists Custodial Services, Landscape Services, and Trades staff in the accomplishment of their work (projects, events, ongoing programs); and performs other duties as assigned by the manager in support of the University and Facilities Services.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated as non-exempt under the FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 3:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., but they may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Division of Business and Financial Affairs is responsible for ensuring a safe, productive campus environment while providing the highest quality service in support of academic excellence through thoughtful stewardship of financial, technological, infrastructure, and human resources at San Diego State University.

SDSU Facilities Services (FS) is a customer-service-based organization that provides facility maintenance activities through a transparent and deliberate process. It is responsible for the operation, maintenance, repair, renovation, remodel, and alteration activities in support of the university's academic and research mission. Facilities Services employs approximately 250 employees and supports approximately eight million square feet of buildings (including residence halls and parking structures) and 280 acres of improved and unimproved land.

For more information regarding Facilities Services, click here.

Education and Experience

Two years of experience in planting, cultivating and maintaining flowers and shrubs, or in general grounds maintenance work.

Key Qualifications

  • Prior experience at a similar higher education environment, or a large multi-building facility environment.
  • Ability to drive manual transmission vehicle.
  • Two years of experience in a labor- or maintenance-related field is preferred.

Licenses/Certifications Required

A valid California Driver's License is required within ten days of hire.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,253 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,721 - $6,284 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs, and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on April 26, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by April 25, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

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 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate 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 military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at

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