Robert Murphy

Grounds Manager


Phone: (415) 338-6071


Peter Auth

Executive Director, Facilities Operations


Phone: (415) 338-2187


Department Org Chart

Campus trees



The Grounds unit is responsible for the grounds maintenance of the campus and University Housing properties, which encompass approximately 140 landscaped acres.

The Grounds unit provides a variety of outdoor maintenance services. Primary duties include general horticultural maintenance, litter and debris removal. The staff is engaged in a proactive approach to the maintenance of landscape and grounds care that includes turf and sports field maintenance, shrub and tree maintenance, irrigation system maintenance, exterior Integrated Pest Management (IPM Practice) and new landscape planting. The Grounds staff members are dedicated to providing a safe and aesthetically pleasing campus environment.


What We Do

The Grounds unit provides four distinct areas of service which include:

  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Irrigation Management
  • Tree Management
  • Pest Management

If you or your department has a concern that would involve the Grounds unit, please submit a service request online via SF State FacilitiesLink.


Grounds Resources

For more information regarding our Grounds initiatives, please visit the links listed below: