Manager of Grounds & Landscape Services

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Custodial/Facilities, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title: Manager of Grounds & Landscape Services

Classification Title: Administrator I

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 11:55pm PST

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of Grounds & Custodial Services provides leadership and oversight for all grounds and landscape maintenance, tree management, parking lot maintenance and athletic field maintenance and preparation for practice and games. Incumbent supervises a variety of grounds workers and specialists; responsible for performance assessment, establishment and monitoring of goals and objectives, motivation and professional development, corrective actions and progressive discipline. The incumbent is also responsible for operations management, implementing and monitoring appropriate policies and procedures, assuring quality standards are implemented for the landscape functions within the department, making recommendations for equipment and landscape purchases, participating in strategic planning for campus landscaping, and ensuring appropriate safety policies, procedures and practices are consistently followed.

FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime compensation)

Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,100.00 - $7,492.00 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,750.00 - $11,146.00 per month

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Salary Grade/Range:  1

Recruitment Type: Regular (Probationary)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months 

Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Other hours as required with the ability to work early morning hours, extended afternoons, and weekends.

Department Information 

Grounds and Landscaping Services is responsible for maintaining 170 landscaped acres and over 3,000 trees on a sprawling park-like Campus.  We also have responsibility for maintaining walkways and parking improvements. Grounds and Landscape Services trims, irrigates, cleans, fertilizes, provides pest control, and renovates campus site improvements that encompass:

  • Over 3,000 trees, comprising 250 species
  • 93 acres of lawn/turf
  • 16 acres of shrubs and ground cover
  • More than 21 miles of campus walkways
  • 60 acres of parking lots
  • 25 acres of undeveloped space
  • Irrigation systems comprising 5 well pumps, 7 zone controllers, 750 valves, and 12,000 sprinklers heads

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Required Qualifications 


  1. Minimum of five (5) years working in a department that maintains the grounds for a large institutional facility, golf course, institute of higher education.
  2. Experience in a management/supervisory role.
  3. Experience working with contractors, vendors and building professionals.
  4. Experience providing customer service utilizing a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  5. Experience developing and implementing turf and general grounds maintenance plans and schedules.
  6. Experience using software for managing work in a manner that utilizes resources efficiently and tracks associated costs.


  1. Excellent personnel management skills; comprehensive knowledge of effective personnel management practices.
  2. Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, and equipment necessary for landscape maintenance, including sports turf management, pest management, irrigation management, and arboriculture.
  3. Excellent time-management, planning, and organizational skills to meet the demands of multiple deadlines.
  4. Ability to adapt to organizational, procedural, policy, and technological changes.
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with internal and external constituents.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  7. Excellent computer skills and proficiency with standard office software packages (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) and a variety of on-line systems.
  8. Demonstrated ability to interpret landscape plans and organize complex landscape projects using common horticultural practices.
  9. Ability to understand and interpret the complexities of Collective Bargaining contracts in relation to the duties of this position.
  10. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of safety in the work place and ability to adhere to safety requirements and safe work practices and methods.
  11. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community

Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to pass background check


Valid driver’s license and safe driving record

Preferred Qualifications 

   18. Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture, park management or a related field.

   19. Five (5) years’ of experience in an applicable management role.

   20. Experience in an institutional/educational environment with a customer-oriented and service-centered focus.   

   21. Pest Control Advisors License (CA DPR), Qualified Applicator Certificate (CA DPR), Arborist Certification (ISA).

   22. Experience maintaining NCAA level athletic fields and associated venues.

Required Licenses/Certifications 

CA Drivers License and maintenance of good driving record.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and cover letter.

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is 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 drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities 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. 

Out of State Employment

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (ie. H-1-B Visa).

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

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