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Ecological Horticulture Supervisor

About the Role

The Presidio Trust is seeking an Ecological Horticulture Supervisor 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 to grow.

Under general supervision, the Ecological Horticulture Supervisor will provide the necessary planning, direction, and oversight to ensure the successful, high-quality, implementation of the maintenance of all landscaped areas using an ecological approach. This position will also be responsible for renewal project implementation based on designs from both internal and external designers. This key leadership position in the Park Stewardship Division will perform all related duties as assigned and may act in a higher-level role in the absence of any of the Senior Managers.

This is a full-time position with benefits and a starting pay range of $112,950 to $124,245.  The starting base salary is dependent on the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Applications received by December 22, 2023, will receive first consideration.

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  • Their responsibility to maintain, preserve, and enhance the landscape following the Vegetation Management Plan, Presidio Trust Guidelines to the highest professional standards
  • Provide professional leadership including effective deployment of staff, planning, scheduling, accountability, and resource allocation
  • Ability to coordinate cross departmental resources to complete both routine and unplanned tasks
  • Familiar with the coordination of contract service resources in both routine work and enhancement projects
  • Ability to perform equipment analysis and determine replacement needs
  • Working with a team on planning, developing, scheduling and the implementation of an ornamental/native ecological landscape enhancement program including but not limited to turf renovation and maintenance, water management through irrigation programming and repair with emphasis in proper pruning techniques
  • Manage acquisition and procurement of plants and supplies
  • Management of a team performing both planned and unplanned work
  • Train staff in proper work procedures. Appraise employee performance, conduct informal counseling, prepare improvement plans for deficiencies, recommend performance recognition and disciplinary action
  • Recruit staff and volunteers as needed
  • Service the needs of the Presidio Trust through an effective work order system, to include response and coordination of maintenance requests and needs
  • Develop policies and procedures to insure a safe operation
  • Implement innovative protocols to become more efficient and cost effective in operations
  • Monitor allocated budgets for area of responsibility; prepare recommendations and justifications regarding budget requests
  • Authorize expenditures according to Presidio Trust policies
  • Assist with additional park wide stewardship programs as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises 15 employees in the Natural Resources department.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies, directives, and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training and mentoring employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; fostering continuous improvement and staff development; authorizing time off; coaching and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Required Qualifications  

  • B.S. in Ecological Horticulture or plant related field and ten (10) years of verifiable landscape industry experience required or a combination of equivalent education and work experience
  • Three (3) years’ experience managing employees
  • Valid State of California Driver’s License
  • Must possess and maintain a State of California Qualified Applicator’s Certificate category “B” within 180 days of employment
  • Strong environmental ethic including knowledge of California Coastal Native Plant Communities and interest in various native ecosystems
  • Ability to evaluate and develop procedures, standards and methods for maintenance and improvement of the grounds and exercise sound judgement within general policy guidelines
  • Ability to use a computer to communicate and enter/receive data and calculate figures
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, and design documents, communicate orally and in writing, and prepare routine reports and correspondence including regulatory reports and records
  • Subject to evening and weekend work, and variable schedules as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion for working in a park using innovation and sound environmental means & methods
  • Ability to integrate ecological horticultural principles into a designed landscape
  • Deep commitment to the highest level of customer service
  • Ability to prioritize work and determine resources needed to complete tasks in a timely manner
  • A passion for the mission and values of the Presidio Trust.

Working Conditions

  • Required to perform all common physical activities associated with grounds supervision, such as walking on flat or uneven ground, climbing up and down stairs, examining work, occasionally performing minor grounds tasks, and sitting at a desk
  • Occasionally exposed to moving or mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles and outside weather conditions.
  • Noise levels from very quiet to loud.

About the Department

Our Natural Resources program is a thought-leader within the ecological community and diligently manages native plant conservation and wildlife, monitors water quality and erosion, and conducts natural resources research, continually challenging conventional thinking and creating innovative solutions to improve the Park’s ecological health. We work closely with and share ideas with other innovative leaders in ecology, engage our local communities in community science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity within the park.

Driver’s License Investigation & Review

This position requires a current, valid Driver’s License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a driver’s license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a driver’s license investigation as a New Entrant, and annual driver’s license reviews thereafter. An individual’s granting of an investigation and resulting reports thereafter is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a driver’s license investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete the driver’s license 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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