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Manager, Grounds & Landscape Services

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 5/19/23

Job Description

Manager, Grounds & Landscape Services

Job No: 517233
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Long Beach
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Job Summary
Under the general supervision of the Director of Facilities Management, the Manager of Grounds and Landscape Services is responsible for planning and managing the University's grounds maintenance and landscape program, including waste hauling, recycling, and interior pest management.
Key Responsibilities

  • Provide general and specific direction and leadership to the University in grounds and landscape services, irrigation, athletic fields, waste hauling, recycling, and pest management. Develop policies and procedures related to grounds personnel and operational functions. Develop lists of tasks and frequencies by position.
  • Plan and coordinate the work of grounds personnel using effective leadership/management strategies to ensure maximum productivity and creativity.
  • Manage staff assigned to the Grounds and Landscaping Department with effective employee relations planning and execution, composition and disbursement of performance evaluations, absence management and recruitment operations.
  • Prepare budget detail material, equipment, and labor to support new and existing programs and projects and various other reports. Evaluate and recommend purchase of new equipment and material. Administer fiscal activities for grounds area tracking expenditures, personnel, training, and O/E.
  • Administer contracts with outside vendors and the in-house operations for trash, street sweeping, and other grounds related contracts, as appropriate
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
The selected candidate must possess the capability to deal effectively with individuals and groups on and off campus, including administrators, managers, staff, customers, and peers. Must have the ability to analyze complex problems and situations and make appropriate recommendations; understand the complex relationships of individual campus department needs, restrained budgets, and external requirements. Must possess exceptional communication and leadership skills. The selected candidate must have a customer service orientation and be able to provide consistent leadership to the department and campus. Comprehensive knowledge and of horticultural and landscape techniques and methods encountered on campus. Thorough knowledge of equipment and materials available for landscape maintenance program. Experience in contract management. Excellent writing skills with the ability to write and compile reports in a clear and concise manner. Experience in planting and cultivating trees, lawns, and shrubs in a university or large institutional setting. Experience in the maintenance and care of general use athletic fields as well as collegiate level sports surfaces such as soccer, baseball, and track.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in Horticulture, Facilities Management, Landscape Services, Public Administration, or related field. Knowledge of California and Federal laws and regulations regarding solid waste, household, and industrial hazardous waste, with emphasis on recycling and waste prevention. Knowledge of recycle markets. Five years (5) management experience in grounds maintenance, nursery, or landscape work in a large institutional setting. Thorough knowledge of sound and effective management techniques. Five years (5) supervisory experience of a grounds staff including the sub-specialties of irrigation, pest control, and tree trimming.
Licenses / Certificates
CA Driver's License required. Appropriate certificates and licenses in the areas of pest control, irrigation, and landscaping. Active QAL or QAC with CA Department of Pesticide Regulations or the ability to obtain within two years of hire date.
FM Grounds
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Administrator II
This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, and excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance, educational fee waiver, and retirement benefits.
Application Procedures
Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.
Additional Information
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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU 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 CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Due to the nature of this position, current CSULB employees are subject to a criminal record check unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSULB within the past 12 months.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires 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 should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to
Out of State Employment Policy
California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon 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.
Equal Employment Statement
CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Application Closes: Aug 28, 2022 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.