Job Details

University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 4607623
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Grounds Equipment Operator

Posting #: 4702

Department Description:
The Grounds Maintenance department strives to provide a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere to enhance our learning environment. In addition, our objective is to ensure that the campus fits beautifully into the natural landscape of our surrounding neighborhood. We operate by promoting ethical practices that enhance the integrity, quality, and values of the University's Mission Statement and its goals. We take great pride in the appearance of the campus grounds and the impact the beauty has on our lives.

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanitys urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
Under general supervision of grounds supervisor, performs skilled grounds maintenance (backhoe, trencher, etc.) and repair work. Operates and maintains Grounds equipment such as: riding mowers (gas and diesel), skip loaders, backhoes and attachments, aerators, trenchers, fork lifts, sweepers, renovators, power spreaders, chain saws, sod cutters, roto-tillers, blowers, trimmers and comparable equipment. Performs mowing aerating, sodding/seeding, planting, renovating, excavating trenches, spreading materials, loading and unloading, backfilling and grading.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Move small/large turf areas with the use of appropriate power equipment.
  • Aerates, top-dresses and fills depressions on large/small turf areas with the use of appropriate equipment and power/manual tools.
  • Plant large trees, shrubs, sod/seed with the use of appropriate power/manual tools.
  • Performs erosion control of slopes, banks, canyons and trails involving minor grading and backfilling with the use of appropriate power/manual equipment.
  • Performs mechanical repairs and preventative maintenance on gas and diesel grounds equipment owned by the University.
  • Cleans and maintains grounds and facilities equipment in a safe/good working condition.
  • Works in a neat and orderly manner.
  • Moves/carries, loads/unloads equipment, fertilizer, tools, plants, pipes, materials etc.

  • Maintains an awareness of the typical hazards of the work place as well as the special hazards that may be encountered at any University facility location such as biohazards, low-grade radiation, and chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
  • Consistently follows safety practices appropriate to the trade and complies with rules and regulations established by the University and governmental agencies (local, state, and federal).
  • Follows established governmental (local, state and federal) procedures for dealing with hazards and promptly report any on the job accident to Security and to the supervisor in writing.

Special Conditions of Employment:
  • Must not have allergies that could interfere with employee's ability to work outdoors around plants, dust, fertilizer, insecticides, herbicides and other chemical products.
  • Must have a valid California Drivers license and will be required to drive University vehicles.
  • May take the University supplied (self-study) enrichment courses and participate in various seminars related to the trade.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition.
  • May be required to work overtime as needed.
  • Must be able to understand and use English
  • Must wear uniform provided by the University
  • Must wear proper work boots

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years experience of operating and maintaining light and medium gas and diesel grounds equipment in an appropriate and safe manner.
  • Must do routine work under minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to perform manual tasks requiring physical strength.
  • Must be physically able to consistently perform job duties.
  • Ability to maintain good working relations with students, faculty, staff and adhering to the Universitys policies and procedures.
  • Understands the importance of customer service and has the ability to follow-up as well as communicate to FM and the campus clients.

Posting Salary:
$22.99 - $26.19 per hour; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position. Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume Required Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:
Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: August 16, 2023
Applications close: Open until filled

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