Landscape Team Lead – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Capitalizing on over 140 years of history and tradition in downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) has embarked on an unprecedented period of expansion. USC is now poised to take its place as the preeminent research institution of the 21st century and we are looking for skilled, motivated professionals to help forge the future of higher education.

The USC department of Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) – Operations Landscape & Trees is seeking a Landscape Team Lead to join its team.

THE WORK YOU WILL DO

The Landscape Team Lead is responsible for serving as a Team Leader responsible for supervising and training a group of University landscape personnel within a work zone. Assigns tasks, schedules work locations, and monitors assigned zone areas and activities. Performs a variety of landscape maintenance tasks. Maintains the condition and appearance of the campus landscape. Assists in the administration of the Pay for Skills Program.

The Landscape Team Lead:

  • Serves as a Team Leader responsible for supervising the work of landscape personnel within a work zone, and/or for assigned projects. Trains, allocates, and monitors the work of landscape personnel.

  • Assists supervisor in the administration of the Pay for Skills Program. Provides management input regarding disciplinary actions, pay raises, promotions, etc. as needed. Interprets rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Schedules, assigns staff to work locations, and coordinates work for special events.

  • Provides customer service information and assistance to customers. Identifies and reports landscape problems to the supervisor.

  • Coordinates landscape needs, objectives, and Pay For Skills Training with various departments.

  • Prepares written correspondence, reports, and/or maintenance records.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

  • In the event of an emergency, the employee holding this position is required to “report to duty” in accordance with the university’s Emergency Operations Plan and/or the employee’s department’s emergency response and/or recovery plans. Familiarity with those plans and regular training to implement those plans is required. During or immediately following an emergency, the employee will be notified to assist in the emergency response efforts and mobilize other staff members if needed.

The work schedule for this position is Tuesday – Friday 4:00 AM – 12:30 PM; however, work schedules may change at any time to accommodate business needs.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates for the position of Landscape Team Lead meets the following preferred criteria:

  • 5 years of relevant experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  

Candidates for the position of Landscape Team Lead must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • High School or equivalent

  • 3 years of demonstrated supervisory experience of landscape personnel. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with all levels of landscape personnel. Extensive landscape experience.

  • Knowledge of gardening and grounds maintenance, including gardening techniques, tree pruning, cultivation, and common plant species. Thorough knowledge of landscape tools and equipment (including power tools).

  • Familiarity with irrigation systems and installation. Thorough knowledge of standard safety practices and equipment and other requirements for workplace safety.

  • Active/valid/unrestricted CA Drivers’ license in accordance with USC’s Driver Vehicle Safety Policy

The hourly range for this position is $23.57 – $25.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

About Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) :

FPM (formerly named Capital Construction & Development / Facilities Management Services) is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining the breadth of the facilities at USC, and is also dedicated to creating a safe environment for our USC community. Woven into every service, safety is of upmost importance. As FPM, this diverse group of innovative and talented professionals provide high quality facilities construction, operations and maintenance services at USC and serve as dedicated stewards of USC and FPM core values. FPM values integrity, excellence, well-being, open communication, accountability, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Come and join the FPM team – a team that works as trusted partners shaping an environment of innovation and excellence. Apply today!

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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Minimum Education:
High School or equivalent
Minimum Experience:
3 Years
Preferred Experience:
5 Years
Minimum Field of Expertise:
Demonstrated supervisory experience of landscape personnel. Demonstrated ability to
work and communicate with all levels of landscape personnel. Extensive landscape
experience. Knowledge of gardening and grounds maintenance, including gardening
techniques, tree pruning, cultivation, and common plant species. Thorough knowledge of
landscape tools and equipment (including power tools). Familiarity with irrigation systems
and installation. Thorough knowledge of standard safety practices and equipment and
other requirements for workplace safety.

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