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Ecological Horticulture Project Manager

About the Role

The Presidio Trust is seeking an Ecological Horticulture Project Manager who will support the Landscape Stewardship Department. Once an Army Base, the Presidio of San Francisco is now a new kind of national park. The 1,500-acre Presidio is richly layered in history, is a natural oasis for wildlife, plants, and people, and offers iconic views known around the world. In its third decade as a park, public awareness and enjoyment of this exceptional place continues grow.

We are seeking a skilled Landscape and Ecological Restoration Project Manager to lead our implementation efforts in both traditional landscape management, and ecological horticulture and restoration. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in horticulture and landscape maintenance, as well as experience in ecological restoration projects and monitoring. This role is crucial in maintaining the historic aesthetic and ecological integrity of our landscapes.


This is a full-time position with benefits and a starting pay range of $108,547 to $123,745. The starting base salary is dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Applications received by March 19, 2024, will receive first consideration.

Submit Your Application

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  • Assist in the management, planning, and construction of ecological horticulture and restoration projects in both the designed landscape and native plant community zone being performed by both Trust staff and contractor labor.
  • Assist with designed historic landscape and native plant restoration including plant identification, implementing methods of controlling weeds, leading field crews in exotic plant control and out planting plants, conducting inventories, and monitoring projects, and maintaining fences.
  • Provide on-site supervision for contractors and in-house staff. Provide quality assurance for all work performed.
  • Prepare bids for materials, plants and services and approve invoices for goods and services received.
  • Performs site inspections ensuring quality standards are met.
  • Ensures all projects are within permit compliance and meet Trust approval protocols.
  • Manages project compliance tasks.
  • Coordinate seasonal employee and intern schedules, hiring and selection.
  • Track and report schedule and budget performance throughout each project duration.
  • Coordinate with the annual monitoring programs of UBIF, rare species and sitewide vegetation monitoring of landscape sites. Maintain the data and documentation regarding the monitoring of rare species and restoration sites.
  • Supervise a crew in absence of other supervisors.
  • Assist with annual assessment of all Landscape Stewardship projects and preparation of annual Steward to Steward reports.
  • Coordinate with interdepartmental and interagency staff during project implementation.
  • Assist in the development of interpretive and educational materials for public education efforts necessary to ensure successful restoration activities at remediation sites. May develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.
  • Lead volunteer workdays and student class work programs on weeding and planting, including instructing new volunteers and students on the proper methodology for restoration techniques, motivating these volunteer crews toward working and creating a safe and positive work environment.
  • Maintain, install, operate, and maintain resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment).
  • Inventory equipment, evaluate quality assurance compliance, and calibrate equipment as necessary. Order replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies.
  • Utilize a variety of computer programs to compile, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information. Maintain and organize computer databases.
  • Participate in the Integrated Pest Management Program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Four (4) year college degree in a related subject and eight (8) years’ equivalent experience in horticulture, turf management, natural resources management, grounds maintenance
  • Ability to communicate effectively to broad audiences of volunteers, students, ecologists, contractors, and interdepartmental staff and excellent oral and written (technical writing) skills.
  • Knowledge of established practices, procedures, and techniques of one or more of the horticulture, biological sciences, or related fields with demonstrated ability to teach people in the field.
  • Must acquire a Qualified Applicator’s Certificate from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and applying herbicides within 12 months of appointment.
  • Ability to read and review landscape design documents and provide detailed comments.
  • Ability to follow detailed sampling procedures, train others to accurately follow procedures and recognize departures from established quality control/quality assurance guidelines with basic understanding of natural resource management principles and techniques.
  • Ability to develop, report and present information; knowledge of database management, word processing, spreadsheets, data entry and specialized software programs essential to resource management activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, communication and problem-solving skills and organizational ability.
  • Demonstrated experience in the coordination, implementation, and reporting of horticultural management plans.

Desired Qualifications

  • A passion for the mission and values of the Presidio Trust.

About the Department

Our mission is to make the Presidio thrive by keeping the land, buildings, and infrastructure of this beautiful park in excellent shape and by providing outstanding customer service to everyone we meet. The Landscape Stewardship Department is responsible for the grounds, forest, roads and trails and natural resources programs throughout the park. Our investment into our historic forest, dunes, streams, trails, and designed landscapes, into our hundreds of historic buildings, into our infrastructure, into visitor sites and programs and into our people, make this magnificent place come alive for our park visitors.

Background Investigation and Review

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes, driver’s license. An individual’s granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.


The Presidio Trust is an equal opportunity employer, offering a competitive benefits package. To apply, download the employment application from our website at and submit your application to our email address listed on our website.

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Montgomery Street Barracks. Photo by Dan Friedman.