The Presidio is seeking an experienced Gardener to join our Landscape Stewardship teams. Once an Army base, the Presidio is now a new kind of National Park. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, in part because of its beautiful historic landscapes. Presidio Trust Gardeners and Gardener Workers maintain over 180 acres of property around residences, commercial buildings, and public common areas. In addition to lawns and ornamental plantings, the managed landscapes include 3 ball fields, 10 playgrounds, 1 pet cemetery, the only campground in San Francisco, and the beloved Main Parade Ground. Presidio Trust Gardeners help maintain the balance between native and cultural plantings in the Park. Our Gardeners and Gardener Workers are also instrumental in ensuring that our dedicated volunteers are prepared to help to perform basic grounds maintenance.

Our Gardeners are often our first, and perhaps only, point of contact with the public. So in addition to experience and skills in turf management, pest control, pruning, and ornamental landscape maintenance, the ideal candidate will be an ambassador. You will interact and answer questions with knowledge, warmth, and friendliness, so that each visitor, volunteer, and resident you meet has a positive impression of the Presidio Trust. You are meticulous about the safety of your co-workers, visitors, volunteers, residents, and yourself.

This is a full-time position with benefits, and a minimum salary of $27.89 per hour. Applications received by July 30th, 2018 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of August 6th, make a job offer by August 17th, and set a work start date in September.


  • Maintain landscape areas including trees, shrubs, ground cover, lawns, athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, camp sites, park furnishings, walks, and patios.
  • Assess growing conditions and individual plant needs and characteristics to adjust soil; transplant; prune; and control plant disease and environmental damage.
  • Prepare planting beds and lawns for planting; roll out sod in new or rehabilitated turf areas; plant trees and shrubs; recommend replacement plants, considering such variables as soil conditions, hardiness of plants, flowering periods and the overall landscape.
  • Pick up litter; service Park's litter receptacles; service Park's public restrooms.
  • Participate in meetings and events related to the Trust volunteer program; lead and direct volunteers in basic ground maintenance tasks; ensure volunteers' safety; participate in meetings with other Trust personnel to refine landscape services delivery.
  • Safely operate a variety of landscape equipment, hand and power tools including push mowers, riding mowers, tractors, rototillers, string line trimmers, power edgers, backpack blowers, chainsaws, and hedge trimmers; safely operate Trust vehicles.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED), AND three years of experience caring for and maintaining landscaped areas; OR an Associate of Arts or Science degree in horticulture, landscaping, or a related field AND one year of related experience.
  • Valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Knowledge of most trees, shrubs, grasses, ornamental plants, and other vegetation found in the Presidio; climate, soil, insects, plant diseases, and other conditions affecting growth of plants and vegetation in the local area.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management methods and practices.
  • Ability to safely use a wide variety of gardening equipment and power tools.
  • Ability to create and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Occasionally required to climb or balance. Regularly required to lift and move items up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly exposed to outside weather conditions which may be wet, humid, chilly, rainy, foggy, or windy. Sometimes exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, toxic or caustic chemicals, loud work environment, and vibration. Poison oak is a common hazard. Work is in an area of high tourist usage, and often serves as an information source for visitors.


  • State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation Pest Control Applicator's Certificate (Category B).
  • Experience interacting with the public.
  • Experience working with volunteers.
  • Passion for working at the Presidio.

About Gardening at the Presidio

The Presidio is rich in formal, ceremonial landscapes and historic neighborhood landscapes. Historic gates and tree-lined boulevards create a deep sense of place. The Main Parade Ground strengthens the dramatic setting of the Main Post and establishes it as the heart of the park. The Presidio's historic neighborhood landscapes represent a century in the evolution of military social and domestic life, from the small-scale Civil War-era Funston Avenue with its quaint Victorians and grander Queen Anne's to the enlisted men's housing above Baker Beach that was built in the 1950s and '70s. Rare ornamental plantings have been saved and historic gardens have been recreated with a contemporary sensibility, often with drought-tolerant native plants.

Driver's License Investigation and 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.