Director of Landscape Stewardship

​The Presidio Trust is seeking a Director of Landscape Stewardship to lead and direct our grounds, forestry, roads and trails, and natural resources programs. An unusual federal agency, the Presidio Trust runs the only national park site that has to earn all our own revenue. Each year we earn in excess of $100 million by leasing over 700 former military buildings as homes and workspaces. We then invest that money 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, to make this magnificent place come alive for our park visitors.

Our ideal candidate has demonstrated success in accurately estimating workload and establishing production targets that are vital to the success of the landscape maintenance function in particular, although this knowledge will be applied to all of the functions under this Director role. You have a drive for excellence, a passion for natural resources and land management, strong interpersonal and problem solving skills, and an affable and charismatic sense of humor. You're well organized and comfortable with both strategic planning and leading/developing large and diverse high performing teams, and you will report directly to the Chief Land and Building Stewardship Officer on the Executive Team.

Applications received by February 14, 2019 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews the week of February 25th, the second round of interviews the week of March 4th, make a job offer in March, and set a work start date in March or April 2019.


  • Direct the formulation, development and administration of landscape stewardship programs, policies, interagency agreements, and procedures to ensure department and Trust goals and objectives are met.
  • Develop and manage capital and operating budgets, track expenditures, and manage procurement requests for all departments, ensuring accurate, timely and pertinent information to control costs and achieve financial goals.
  • Negotiate and oversee agreements and services involving the Presidio Trust and other agencies.
  • Work directly with the appropriate Directors and subordinate management officials to ensure employee compliance with safety guidelines, the Trust's EEO policy and procedures, and adherence to the provisions of the Trust's collective bargaining agreement. Work diligently to reduce workers' compensation costs.
  • Serve as liaison to outside consultants, architects, planners, engineers, and local, state, and federal government officials with regard to the Presidio Trust Land and Building Stewardship Division.
  • Provide technical assistance in planning for all natural resource, landscape, and reforestation needs.
  • Prepare annual business plans identifying operational and financial goals.
  • Prepare reports for Senior Management to provide information on division performance, efficiency, budget, and staffing issues.
  • Consistently research technology and industry standards and provide recommendations for operational improvements.
  • Advise Senior Management on industry and operational trends in order to facilitate decision-making for future budget planning.
  • Represent the Presidio Trust and the Presidio at public meetings, conferences, professional meetings and in other public forums. Consult with other professionals to keep informed of new developments, methods, theories, and research.
  • Develop and present information to the Board of Directors, Leadership Team, and other staff teams; interact with all and make presentations on landscape stewardship programs as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in park planning, recreation management, landscape architecture, or a related field from an accredited college or university AND at least five (5) years of experience in park management or professional public administration in the planning and organizing of parks maintenance programs; OR ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in the maintenance of parks infrastructure including five (5) years of supervisory and management experience. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may substitute for the education requirement.
  • Flexible, self-starting and resourceful; a consensus builder with a "can do" attitude and the ability to motivate and lead staff to deliver outstanding results
  • Sound organizational skills and strong interpersonal communication
  • Politically adept at dealing with key organizations and the community's multiple stakeholders
  • Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, email and Internet search)
  • Valid California Driver's License
  • Positive attitude
  • Passion for the Presidio as a national park
About the Presidio Trust Land and Building Stewardship Team

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.   We are proud of our role in making the Presidio successful and look forward to welcoming you, our next leader, to help us continue to excel.

Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to a standard 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, and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of the 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 a background investigation.

Financial Disclosure

This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.