Small Equipment Mechanic

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Small Equipment Mechanic to support our work crews in the Municipal Services Department. Once an Army Base, the Presidio of San Francisco is now a new kind of national park. The 1,500 acre Presidio contains a richly layered history and it's a natural oasis for wildlife, plants, and people. It's also home to site-based art installations, a freshwater lake, an extensive network of hiking and biking trails, carefully restored and maintained historic buildings, and San Francisco's most iconic views. In its second decade as a park, public awareness and enjoyment of this exceptional place continues to grow.


Our ideal candidate brings mechanical aptitude and an expert understanding of moderately complex landscape maintenance equipment. You are up to date on new products, equipment, technology, and techniques, and you enjoy working in a fast paced environment, prioritizing and completing work orders timely to the highest quality standards. You work well in a team environment, revel in 'hands-on' work, and have a positive attitude.


Applications received by December 2, 2016 will receive first consideration. This is a full time position.  Minimum salary is $29.42 per hour.  We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of December 5, make a job offer by mid-December, and set a work start date in early January 2017.




  • Perform preventative maintenance, diagnose breakdowns, and make repairs to a variety of landscape maintenance power equipment including turf mowers, small tractors, string line trimmers, edgers, hedge trimmers, blowers, chain saws, generators, compressors, pumps and other equipment.
  • Coordinate work with supervisor, and plan and prioritize maintenance and repair work of small equipment used by landscape maintenance staff.
  • Perform mechanical tests, check malfunctions, and determine corrective measures to be applied to gasoline, diesel and electrical powered equipment.
  • Maintain work records including daily work reports; communicate with supervisor on needed materials and supplies; review equipment problems and proper operating procedures with maintenance personnel; report to supervisor on the status/progress of work.
  • Follow proper safety and housekeeping procedures and rules.
  • May be required to perform landscape maintenance tasks or other duties as assigned including the operation of landscape equipment and power tools including riding mowers, tractors, string line trimmers, backpack blowers, chainsaws and hedge trimmers.




  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and at least two years of experience in the maintenance and repair of landscape maintenance power equipment.
  • Knowledge of standard practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment of the small equipment mechanics trade.
  • Knowledge of principles governing small gasoline and diesel engines, hydraulics, electronics and small equipment used in landscape maintenance.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade, and proper operation of power equipment used in landscape maintenance.
  • Ability to operate mowers and other landscape equipment and tools safely.
  • Ability to select, use and care for mechanical tools, diagnostic equipment, and testing instruments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with supervisor, co-workers, and other Trust employees.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry, and calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • Ability to understand and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to identify and describe needs for material and other resources required for maintenance and repair of small equipment, and maintain and complete accurate records.
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, reach with arms and use hands, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Occasionally required to sit, climb, balance and work in awkward or cramped positions. Regularly required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. Occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions, high precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • Must have a valid State of California Class C Driver's License to operate small utility vehicles or GSA vehicles.


About the Presidio Trust Municipal Services Division


Approximately 3,000 people reside in apartments, townhomes, single-family homes, and duplexes in one of the 21 distinct Presidio neighborhoods, which are located near forest groves, trails, waterfront paths, a golf course, and a beach.  More than 3.5 million square feet of non-residential space is located around the park.  Two-thirds of the buildings are historic, representing a variety of architectural styles, from the Spanish era through World War II.  The Presidio is an extraordinary place to work for the thousands of employees of approximately 100 businesses who lease non-residential space. The Presidio Trust Municipal Services Division ensures that these beautiful, historic buildings are operational, safe, and ready every day for their modern uses by tenants, residents, employees, and visitors.