Maintenance Account Manager Position

Cleary Brothers team Bay Area

Now hiring – Maintenance Account Manager Bay Area

Tired of working for a group of owners or a large corporation?  Love Landscaping?  Love People?  Want Respect and Reward?  Join us! As a Maintenance Account Manager at Cleary Bros, you will thrive.

Give us a call. We would love to speak with you… you have nothing to lose. We are not replacing anyone, we are adding capacity for our ongoing growth.

The Account Manager is responsible for managing the interface between Cleary Bros. Maintenance customers, Cleary Bros. Administration and the Maintenance Supervisor within a designated area or job list.  This position should perform with effective leadership, communication, reliability, and salesmanship.

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You Get:
The chance to work with the best landscape team in the Bay Area

Base Salary, Commission, Bonus opportunity that is the best in the Bay

401k with match! health care benefits

education opportunities

quarterly bonus and monthly commission as well as generous base salary

challenge, a place in a stable company, a vehicle, iPhone, laptop, solid office support team, Autonomy, and fun.  This position is expected to earn a salary and incentives in excess of $100,000

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Hiring: Accounting Manager

Accounting Manager

Due to on-going success, Cleary Bros. Landscape, Inc. is seeking an Accounting Manager in its San Francisco Bay Area location. Reporting to the Company President, this executive-level position is responsible for implementing, administering, and monitoring all corporate accounting systems, financial forecasts, and office administration programs.

In specific, the Accounting Manager will establish all internal accounting procedures and controls; maintain the company’s system of accounts; keep books and records on all company transactions and assets; assist in manage the banking relationship, company business forecasts, and applicable tax issues; prepare ad-hoc and monthly financial reports (e.g., Balance Sheet, income statements, P&L, cash flow); address vendor setups, authorizations, and standards; maintain the integrity of the data in the payroll system; support the human resources, field operations, and workers’ compensation functions; and supervise multiple Accounting staff.

Qualified candidates will have at least three years of at least three (3) years of professional experience involving accounting practices, business acumen, and entrepreneurial leadership, as well as possessing strong Accounting software, MS Office, database and customer service skills, and demonstrating the ability to manage a corporate team professionally and efficiently.

Email resume to the president:  Martin Cleary

Wet Winter Builds Strong Sierra Snowpack

California’s near record precipitation this winter has bolstered snowpack water content levels throughout the Sierra Nevada to 185% of the March 1 average, which bodes well for spring and summer run-off this year.

That was the overarching message disseminated Wednesday by officials at the California Department of Water Resources who released snowpack reading data taken both manually and electronically. The manual snow survey taken by DWR at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada revealed a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 43.4 inches, up from February’s 28 inches and January’s 6 inches. The March 1 average at Phillips is 24.3 inches.

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, conducted the survey at Phillips today.

“It’s not the record, the record being 56.4 (inches), but still a pretty phenomenal snowpack….,” Gehrke said in a written statement. “January and February came in with some really quite phenomenal More…



How to Create The Ultimate Operations Calendar for Your Community

The start of a new year is about more than just changing the calendar on the wall. It’s an opportunity to strategically plan your community association’s operations calendar for the next year to ensure you complete all necessary tasks and meet all compliance requirements. But where do you even start when it comes to setting a plan? The task can seem overwhelming and certainly a lot to take on if you are a volunteer board member. Here’s how to get started on a path to establishing a strategic operations calendar for your community:


Remind Your Board of the Mission Statement

The articles of incorporation for the association have already set this for you. Typically within the first page of the document, you will find a mission statement, which defines the core purpose for which the association (ie. corporate entity) was established. A typical purpose statement may read, “The specific and primary purpose for which the Corporation is formed is to provide community services and facilities for the general use, benefit and welfare of the Owners.” We often get side-tracked in rules enforcement and assessment collection and should routinely refresh ourselves on the purpose of the association and what we can do to successfully fulfill its intent—especially at the beginning of the year.


Add Milestones, Timelines and Dates to the Calendar 

Include important dates related to each of the categories below in your operations calendar.

  • Contractual Obligations

As we look to the future, it’s best to start with the basics. What contracts has the association entered into that that have renewal dates? Most likely within those service contracts there are dates and timelines the association has committed to for various tasks. In the example of a landscape contract those tasks might include pre-emergent application, pruning and irrigation start-up and shut-down. Populating these key dates and timelines on your calendar will help you work in tandem with your vendors, ensure the operations are running smoothly and understand the expectations.

  • Meetings and Events

Including board and member meeting dates and social events on the calendar is an absolute must. Looking ahead gives everyone ample notice and time to plan for these key target dates. Be sure to check your governing documents as many communities have minimum meeting requirements, and planning for them on your calendar annually will ensure compliance with the provisions.

  • Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Maintenance Targets

If your community has assets such as a pool or gates, there are key target dates for health inspections, permit renewal, preventative maintenance and seasonal opening and shut down procedures that are ideal for inclusion in your operations calendar. Taking the time to document these tasks can also serve as a checklist to ensure that nothing is missed and every part of your community remains operational.

  • Project Planning

Your reserve study restoration and replacement schedule or even a capital improvement project will have timelines and steps that need to be taken for project completion. Set goals and schedule tasks on your calendar to achieve the milestones within your plan and to ensure ample time is allotted to successfully reach or even beat those key target dates on your schedule.


Getting To the Finish Line

There are many behind-the-scenes tasks a community manager and their team are responsible for to successfully complete a special event, board meeting, compliance inspection, landscape enhancement project and so on. An operations calendar can further be expanded beyond key target dates to include individual tasks such as creating a checklist for the management team to ensure operations run seamlessly.


In the end, a successful operations calendar visually displays how vendors, the board and the community management team are working together throughout the year to ensure the vision and the purpose of the association is aligned with the day-to-day management of the community’s assets and business structure. It’ll help you stay organized and achieve the most you can for your community.

Source: How to Create The Ultimate Operations Calendar for Your Community

Despite Dam Danger, California’s Still In a Drought

As large amounts of rain and snow soaked California last week, all eyes turned toward the threat of a dam failure at Lake Oroville, a reservoir that supplies much of the state’s drinking water. But what’s getting less attention is the fact that despite the easing of drought conditions in California, the situation below ground is still dry.

Thus far, approximately 188,000 people who live near Lake Oroville remain under evacuation orders put in place when the lake’s water levels began to rise, reports the Sacramento Bee. The earthen dam, which holds 3.5 million acre-feet of water, is the tallest in the United States. But when heavy storms hit the Sierra Nevadas, the reservoir filled to its highest level ever. Such excess forced officials to use an emergency spillway that has started to erode, creating the possibility of a collapse.

The Sierra Nevadas aren’t the only place in California hit with ample precipitation this winter. Earlier this year, a series of severe storms struck Southern California, driven by a temperature anomaly in the Pacific Ocean that shifted the jet stream from its usual position. Although that’s good news for the drought-parched state, it doesn’t mean that the drought is over.

Drought conditions continue to prevail throughout much of the state. According to the United States Drought Monitor, which tracks drought conditions throughout the country, a large portion of central and southern California is still in the midst of a drought. Though much of the state’s dry segment is at a “moderate” drought level, pockets of “severe” and “extreme” drought remain despite extensive snowfall that has put statewide snowpack at 176 percent of normal.

Source: Despite Dam Danger, California’s Still In a Drought | Smart News | Smithsonian

First Drought, Now Rain?? by Kristina Hindes, Account Manager at Cleary Bros.

While we have all spent the last years conserving water and watching plants struggle for life, we are now finding ourselves figuring out how to handle the sudden excess of rain.  This is the struggle of living in our Mediterranean climate!  As California cycles through its periods of drought, we must remember to be responsible with our water once we finally receive the downpour of rain.  Spring is a beautiful time of year where we will see trees budding to life, shrubs looking alive again and bulbs popping up from the earth!  It is also a great time to plant new landscape.  When planting, keep the future water cycles in mind and you will be prepared when the drought returns; use native plants when possible as they are equipped to deal with these cycles.  Create a working landscape that can store water, by constructing a bioswale and installing plants that can handle the tough times of drought as well as inundation of heavy rain!  What plants thrive in your landscape?  Talk to your friends and neighbors for ideas – or call on Cleary Bros. to help!