Presidio Trust Gardener in San Francisco, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

About Gardening at the Presidio The Presidio is rich in formal, ceremonial landscapes and historic neighborhood landscapes. Historic gates and tree-lined boulevards create a deep sense of place. The Main Parade Ground strengthens the dramatic setting of the Main Post and establishes it as the heart of the park. The Presidios historic neighborhood landscapes represent a century in the evolution of military social and domestic life, from the small-scale Civil War-era Funston Avenue with its quaint Victorians and grander Queen Annes to the enlisted mens housing above Baker Beach that was built in the 1950s and 70s. Rare ornamental plantings have been saved and historic gardens have been recreated with a contemporary sensibility, often with drought-tolerant native plants.


The Presidio is seeking an experienced Gardener to join our Landscape Stewardship teams. Once an Army base, the Presidio is now a new kind of National Park. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, in part because of its beautiful historic landscapes. Presidio Trust Gardeners and Gardener Workers maintain over 180 acres of property around residences, commercial buildings, and public common areas. In addition to lawns and ornamental plantings, the managed landscapes include 3 ball fields, 10 playgrounds, 1 pet cemetery, the only campground in San Francisco, and the beloved Main Parade Ground. Presidio Trust Gardeners help maintain the balance between native and cultural plantings in the Park. Our Gardeners and Gardener Workers are also instrumental in ensuring that our dedicated volunteers are prepared to help to perform basic grounds maintenance. Our Gardeners are often our first, and perhaps only, point of contact with the public. So in addition to experience and skills in turf management, pest control, pruning, and ornamental landscape maintenance, the ideal candidate will be an ambassador. You will interact and answer questions with knowledge, warmth, and friendliness, so that each visitor, volunteer, and resident you meet has a positive impression of the Presidio Trust. You are meticulous about the safety of your co-workers, visitors, volunteers, residents, and yourself. Responsibilities: Maintain landscape areas including trees, shrubs, ground cover, lawns, athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, camp sites, park furnishings, walks, and patios. Assess growing conditions and individual plant needs and characteristics to adjust soil; transplant; prune; and control plant disease and environmental damage. Prepare planting beds and lawns for planting; roll out sod in new or rehabilitated turf areas; plant trees and shrubs; recommend replacement plants, considering such variables as soil conditions, hardiness of plants, flowering periods and the overall landscape. Pick up litter; service Parks litter receptacles; service Parks public restrooms. Participate in meetings and events related to the Trust volunteer program; lead and direct volunteers in basic ground maintenance tasks; ensure volunteers safety; participate in meetings with other Trust personnel to refine landscape services delivery. Safely operate a variety of landscape equipment, hand and power tools including push mowers, riding mowers, tractors, rototillers, string line trimmers, power edgers, backpack blowers, chainsaws, and hedge trimmers; safely operate Trust vehicles.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
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Required: High school diploma or general education degree (GED), AND three years of experience caring for and maintaining landscaped areas; OR an Associate of Arts or Science degree in horticulture, landscaping, or a related field AND one year of related experience. Valid California Class C Drivers License. Knowledge of most trees, shrubs, grasses, ornamental plants, and other vegetation found in the Presidio; climate, soil, insects, plant diseases, and other conditions affecting growth of plants and vegetation in the local area. Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management methods and practices. Ability to safely use a wide variety of gardening equipment and power tools. Ability to create and maintain positive working relationships. Required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Occasionally required to climb or balance. Regularly required to lift and move items up to 50 pounds. Regularly exposed to outside weather conditions which may be wet, humid, chilly, rainy, foggy, or windy. Sometimes exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, loud work environment, and vibration. Poison oak is a common hazard. Work is in an area of high tourist usage, and often serves as an information source for visitors. Desired: State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation Pest Control Applicators Certificate (Category B). Experience interacting with the public. Experience working with volunteers. Passion for working at the Presidio.


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Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

This is a full-time position with benefits, and a minimum salary of $26.82 per hour. Applications received by July 31, 2017 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of August 7th, make a job offer by August 18th, and set a work start date in September.


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Other Information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. This position is open until filled. PLEASE NOTE: The Presidio Trust is an excepted service agency, exempt from Title V, with an administratively determined pay plan. For these reasons, all grade level information is provided for comparison purposes only. The work of this position is comparable to the WG-7 level. Any salary offer will be made on the basis of a number of factors, including but not limited to the education, work experience, and salary history of the applicant.

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Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-08-04

Salary: $26.82 to $26.82 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: AD 07

Series: 5003 Gardening

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: GARD 07/17

Control number: 474519900