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Job: Landscape Services / Urban Forestry Superintendent, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA

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General Information


Job title: Landscape Services / Urban Forestry Superintendent
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Job location: La Jolla, CA  92093 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 11/13/2017
Job type: Full-Time
Job Category:Landscape
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Job Description

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UC San Diego
Landscape Services / Urban Forestry Superintendent
Filing Deadline: Thu 12/7/2017
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Facilities Management (FM) Landscape Services Division works throughout the campus to maintain the landscape and urban forests of UCSD. The division works with campus facilities and planning offices in order to provide an aesthetically pleasing landscape conducive to learning, while offering excellent customer service. Maintaining over 1,200 acres of campus landscape, 10 miles of roadways and 25,000 trees in our urban forests, as well as the removal of over 10,000 tons annually of solid waste and recycling, Landscape Services is a key player in the University’s efforts to conserve and protect natural resources. The division’s construction crew builds and maintains items such as bicycle racks, sidewalks and roadways; the mechanics maintain and repair all landscaping equipment and bollards; the tree crew, in addition to tree service, also places and services the flagpoles on campus; the recycling team services all recycling containers and bins; and the landscape technicians fertilize, prune and replace the greenery that dresses the exterior of the campus. Plant and replace greenery are synonymous terms, no need to repeat. Litter pick-up, servicing of trash and recycling receptacles, prevention of storm water contamination, and flood prevention measures such as sandbagging are tasks accomplished by all crew members. Coordinating with local and state agencies to meet air and water conservation standards, UCSD serves as a showcase of “green” landscaping by seeking out and using low-water-use technologies, native and drought tolerant plants, recycled irrigation water and eco-friendly chemicals. Landscape services also oversees pest control campus-wide to prevent disease vectors and harm to buildings, plants, animals and humans.

Under direction, plan, direct, coordinate and supervise staff in all phases of Landscape Service operations for a major campus, including turf management, horticultural pest control, all phases of tree maintenance, maintenance of open lawns and shrubs, litter removal, application of fertilizers, operation/maintenance of irrigation systems (manual & semi-automated), landscape construction and installation, and supervise refuse and recycling disposal. Plan, organize and supervise activities addressing emergency repair service issues and situations.

Develop recommendations for annual area budget. Administer and control expenditures to ensure operations remain within budget allocation of approximately $1.6M to include $872,441 Landscape Maintenance, $200,000 Wildland-Urban Interface, $528,672 Urban Forestry Services.

Oversee maintenance of Hard Surfaced Roads, Walks, Bike Paths, Paths, Yards and Parking areas. Plan, direct, organize and supervise the operation and maintenance of landscape equipment and tools. Ensure maintenance of heavy equipment.

Administer the urban forestry tree maintenance and inspection program with the goal of maximizing the health of the urban forest system and minimizing the University’s risk and liability from fallen trees and tree limbs that would likely result in personal injury/death and property damages. Administer tree risk assessment and safety evaluation. Inspect work of private contractors engaged in tree maintenance operations for the University. Maintain computerized GIS tree inventory database based on the tree risk assessment (size, location, health, etc.) for contributing to personnel injury/death or property damage in the event of tree mass or limb failure. Inspect and evaluate trees, contract tree removals and track tree plantings, removal and replacements.

Prepare annual work estimates for vegetation management contracts, prepare requests for proposals, conduct pre-bid project walk-through with brush abatement contractors and supervise vegetation management contract implementation to final acceptance.

Instruct assigned team members in the proper safety practices and ensures constructive participation in departmental safety programs. Oversee or conduct quarterly equipment and tool inspections of area to account for and manage equipment and tool shrinkage, damage, and ensure that repair levels are maintained effectively. Oversee issuance of tools and equipment to assigned team members.

Receives assignments in the form of objectives and goals and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Provides guidance to subordinates within the latitude of established policies. Determines changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect the organization. Reviews situations and develops solutions. Identifies risks and responds accordingly. May serve as subject matter expert.

• May be assigned alternate, weekend or call back hours as necessary.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.
This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
• Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
• Vacation/Holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
• Work/Life Balance
• UC Retirement Plan
For more information about UCSD Benefits visit here and UCSD Work/Life visit here.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
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Job Requirements

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• Solid knowledge in landscape / groundskeeping services. Experience planning, directing and managing operational function of a campus-wide program. Must possess broad knowledge and experience in grounds maintenance and landscape operations.
• Experience in urban forestry planning and design.
• Experience reading blueprints and specifications to calculate material requirements taken from blueprints.
• Experience working in a changing environment which may require re-prioritization of daily operations.
• Experience working in a service-oriented environment and nurturing customer relationships through proactive service skills.
• Solid verbal and written communication skills in the English language, including active listening, flexibility, and critical thinking, and ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management. Excellent communication skills. Ability to effectively interact professionally with architects, contractors, and landscapers.
• Solid decision making and reasoning skills, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, and conduct operations analysis and quality control analysis. *Solid and effective interpersonal and work leadership skills to provide guidance to other personnel. Experience supervising, planning and coordinating the work of others and maintaining solid productivity and high morale. Demonstrated experience communicating orally, in writing and electronically. Demonstrated experience to work effectively in a high volume, multiple demand environment.
• Strong ability to provide plant and pest identification. Specific knowledge of turf grasses or combinations of turf grasses including growth characteristics, irrigation requirements, fertilization including trace minerals and diagnosis and treatment of infestation by noxious diseases and pests. Specific knowledge of shrubs, trees and ground covers including growth characteristics, irrigation requirements, fertilizing including trace minerals and diagnosis and treatment of infestations by noxious diseases and pests. Knowledge of soil types and condition and the ability to perform and/or interpret soil analysis.
• Intermediate computer applications skill. Strong knowledge and use of standard computer systems and applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel). Ability to use work management / Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), electronic timekeeping, GIS (Global Imaging System) and other web based applications. Experience using software to create special presentation materials (charts, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations) for strategic planning and technical report writing.
• Ability to understand and implement policies, procedures and terms of collective bargaining agreements.
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to use sound judgment.
• Proven ability to define program goals and objectives, target campus audience and implement effective education and outreach strategies to expand campus involvement.
• Knowledge of business office machines such as fax, telephone, cell phone, copier, and calculator.
• Experience in forest management in different climate/ecological zones preferred.
• Experience in vegetation assessment for fire protection and contract management preferred.
• Bachelor's Degree in forestry, architecture, urban planning or related field with progressively responsible experience in facilities operations; or any equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

• DOJ/FBI Background and DMV Clearance required prior to hire.
• Must possess and maintain valid California driver license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.
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