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Grounds, Landscape & Recycling Manager

Apply now Job no: 526101
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San José
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description


Job Summary

Under the oversight and supervision of the Associate Director of Custodial, Grounds, Recycling & Moving Services, the Grounds, Landscape & Recycling Manager oversees comprehensive grounds, landscape, irrigation, and recycling services for the main and south campuses, which hosts thousands of students, faculty, staff, and visitors daily. The incumbent plans, organizes, directs, and oversees the activities of the Grounds Services unit within Facilities Development & Operations. Services are wide-ranging and encompass routine and specialized grounds care including those typically found within a campus environment as well as within a Division I Athletics environment.


Key Responsibilities

  • Administers an assigned budget and directs resources based on priorities while ensuring an ongoing continuity of operations with a focus on sustainability in grounds management practices. 
  • Develops and adjusts grounds and recycling service/maintenance plans and schedules to ensure resources are deployed in an efficient and effective manner and within the assigned budget
  • Oversees assigned team’s use of the department computerized maintenance management system to ensure work is scheduled, records accurately maintained, and documentation properly accounts for labor and other resources needed to complete the work
  • Plans, develops, implements, and oversees routine and specialized maintenance plans and schedules for all areas of responsibility including establishment of key performance metrics and quality controls
  • Develops and implements service/maintenance plans, preventive maintenance schedules, and service level standards for all grounds areas and related systems
  • Oversees over 20 employees including hiring, retention, coaching, counseling, evaluating, and correcting and/or implementing disciplinary action working with the Associate Director, Business & Administrative Services unit, and University Personnel
  • Develops a culture of stewardship ensuring deficiencies are resolved proactively and that other facility related maintenance deficiencies and necessary repairs are reported


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  •  Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner
  • Ability to effectively interpret, organize and present information in a written format and communication skills to obtain decisions required to move forward toward implementation
  • Ability to lead by example, modeling a caring, collaborative and open culture and environment which values the individual, teams and teamwork, ethical conduct, exemplary customer service and quality results
  • Knowledge of refuse/recycling planning and management principles including development and implementation of operational plans, preventative maintenance programs, and quality control, assurance and inspection programs
  • Knowledge of organizational management and ability to develop, implement and track, with a Computer Maintenance Management System, resource-loaded service and operational plans
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strong customer service approach to work efforts while motivating staff in a challenging environment


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in horticulture or a related field OR which may be obtained through a minimum of six years of supervisory experience in scheduling, coordinating, and performing grounds operations, a minimum of three years of which are associated with progressively responsible management experience
  • Six years of professional work experience directly related to landscape management of a large campus or complex, of which a minimum of three years associated with progressively responsible management experience
  • Knowledge of sustainable landscape practices as related to irrigation, pest control, and vegetation management
  • Supervisory work experience in management of personnel or employee relations issues
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing grounds maintenance plans



A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Pest Control Certification (QAL or QLC) from the State of California
  • Certified Grounds Manager from the Professional Grounds Management Society
  • Certified Sports Field Management from the Sports Field Management Association
  • Certified Arborist from the ISA or ASCA
  • Certified Landscape or Golf Irrigation Auditor from the Irrigation Association
  • Supervisory experience within a collective bargaining and represented staff environment.
  • Experience in grounds services management of a State facility, College or University, or other environment with extensive grounds
  • Experience managing grounds services and operations in a high level NCAA or professional sports environment



Classification: Administrator II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $7,516/month - $9,095/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,583/month - $14,713/month

The final hiring salary will be commensurate with experience.

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.



Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Copy of Driver's License

This position is open until filled.


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University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, 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 CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at



Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023