Lead Groundsworker (514634)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • May 28, 2022
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services

Job Description


Job Summary

The purpose of Landscape Services is to provide landscape maintenance services to the campus community. Under general supervision of the Landscape Manager, the Lead Grounds-worker oversees the work of employees engaged in general gardening and grounds maintenance work in assigned areas of the campus grounds; athletic field maintenance; and in grounds projects such as planting major flower or shrub areas, laying sprinkler systems or laying concrete and asphalt. The Lead Grounds-worker position is to provide grounds maintenance services at assigned site/s; ensure attractive and safe grounds area/s and athletic fields; perform a variety of special grounds maintenance operations; provide training and oversight of assigned staff; and maintain grounds for assemblies, events and/or recreational activities.

Department Summary

The Facilities Management and Development (FM&D) organization is a unit within the Administration and Finance division and is responsible for the management, operations, and development of facilities on the university campus. Facilities Management and Development (FMD), a unit within the Administration and Finance Division (AFD), is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and repair of university facilities and grounds. FMD consists of five critical and interdependent support departments, including Facilities Customer & Business Services; Energy, Utilities, & Sustainability; Environmental Health & Safety; Facilities Planning & Capital Projects; Facility Operations; and Special Projects. In support of the Cal Poly mission, the Facilities Management and Development department is committed to promoting a culture that values individual and organizational integrity, civility, and diversity.

Key Qualifications
  • General knowledge of and approved methods and materials used in the control and eradication of common plant diseases, pests and weeds.

  • General knowledge of horticultural methods and materials.

  • General knowledge of planting and growing requirements of plants commonly grown in California.

  • General knowledge of sprinkler repair and irrigation fundamentals.

  • Ability to lay out, coordinate, and oversee the work of others.

Education and Experience

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

License/Certifications: Possession of a valid California class C driver license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $45,600 - $58,800 per year

Classification Range: $39,744 - $67,116 per year

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

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.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map