Apply now

Apply for Job

0991 -Landscape Manager

SFUSD employees applying to positions should use the EMPowerSF Careers page to submit an application.  

Please click here to login to EMPowerSF to apply as an internal candidate

Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:


  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic planTransform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential.


We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.

As the Landscape Manager you will report to the Director of Custodial Services, be a part of the Facilities Team andact as a district leader in creating and maintaining greenspaces for our students and community.

Job Duties


We expect our Landscape Manager will:

Demonstrate a Leadership Mindset


  •  Collaborate with the Custodial and Sustainability staff to meet SFUSD’s Zero Waste Goals by 2025
  • Participate in initiatives to green our schoolyards and create inviting, healthy, and inspiring landscapes
  • Assist in the development of a master maintenance plan with an emphasis on designing and building sustainable landscapes
  • Develop landscape standards including approved and recommended plant species, proper installation and care, and maintenance guidelines for SFUSD staff and volunteers


Manage to Results


  • Manage budgets and attend quarterly budget meetings to monitor spending and avoid overages
  • Create evaluation criteria for landscape maintenance and record landscape conditions annually to track improvements
  • Develop and implement inventories, maintenance record-keeping, and a service calendar for equipment and vehicles


Manage Teams


  • Supervise a team of 15-20 gardeners working independently and on crews as they conduct maintenance of over 130 school and office sites across the City
  • Manage resource allocation and critical support with a minimal budget
  • Foster individual and team growth through professional development
  • Promote an inclusive, antiracist culture through self-awareness, leadership and training


Manage Relationships


  • Act as partner alongside the Green Schoolyard Manager to foster partnerships and stewardship with community partners and volunteers
  • Work with project managers and landscape architects on new projects and schoolyard renovations. Review designs and plans and provide critical feedback on plant selection, irrigation design and components, and maintenance estimates.
  • Foster positive relationships with SFUSD staff and students through excellent customer service
  • Help implement a communication strategy to promote the landscape department’s work

Desired Qualifications


The strongest candidates will have:


  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s public schools/urban public schools and a passionate belief in SFUSD’s sustainability goals
  • Knowledge of and experience in sustainable landscape practices including composting and mulching, efficient water use, and Integrated Pest Management
  • Knowledge and experience working in San Francisco native gardens and landscapes
  • Experience implementing organizational change and developing systems where none exist
  • A proven record of effectively managing teams and implementing talent management strategies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships across different departments, agencies, and community organizations
  • Success leading effective teams and individuals
  • Experience and success with effective written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work effectively in difficult situations that involve confidential and sensitive matters
  • Strong computer skills including GSuite and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S) from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
  • 2 years of related experience


Substitution: Education requirement may be substituted for additional professional-level experience on a year-for-year basis.

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $$98,416.47 - $134,433.68 commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply

  • Visit www.careers.sfusd.edu and create a new account to begin your application.  
  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.


For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

Apply now

Apply for Job