Assistant Sports Turf and Field Manager

This position will be responsible for the care, maintenance and improvement of the spring training facility and professional baseball playing fields for the Chicago Cubs. The position will ensure that the playing fields are maintained to Major League playing standards and recognized as best-in-class among Major League Baseball. Position will be responsible for hiring and supervision of the seasonal and part-time grounds staff.


  • Lead hiring efforts for seasonal and part-time groundskeeper positions. Review qualifications, interview, and complete hires in coordination with HR.
  • Manage and supervise groundskeeper staff, and if necessary, perform all aspects of field maintenance while Director of Facility and Fields is traveling.
  • Assist the Director with the recruitment and hiring of full-time groundskeeper positions. Provide input and recommend candidates for final review.
  • Assist the Director with the supervision, training, and evaluation of full time grounds keeping staff.
  • Ability to perform all aspects of field maintenance including but, not limited to, mowing, fertilizing, and all associated baseball field and landscape maintenance of the Cubs spring training complex.
  • Coordinate with baseball operations to provide daily support as needed and ensure staff and material resources are allocated appropriately.
  • Manage ground supplies procurement program.
  • Supervise routine inspection of irrigation system as well as all repair and maintenance.
  • Operate and maintain all facility and grounds equipment in a safe manner. Train and supervise grounds staff to ensure all grounds equipment is being utilized in a safe, productive, and non-destructive manner.
  • Obtain/maintain State of Arizona Office of Pest Management pesticide applicators certification.
  • Perform and/or assist with the supervision all chemical/fertilizer calibrations and applications. Ensure that all applications are performed in accordance with EPA/OSHA regulations and the pesticide label. Maintain pesticide report logs.
  • Develop weekly work schedules for all grounds staff. Ensure all baseball ops and special events are adequately supported by grounds employees. Submit schedule to the Director in a timely manner for final approval.
  • Assist with daily, weekly, and long term job/project assignments and prioritization. Maintain a daily log of field maintenance activities.
  • Lead grounds maintenance staff team meetings.
  • Maintain and submit timesheets for all non-exempt grounds staff utilizing ABI software. Ensure timesheets are submitted accurately and in a timely manner to payroll in Chicago.
  • Provide input on annual budget needs and coordinate with the Director the procurement of specified grounds maintenance supplies according to parameters established in the annual budget.
  • Perform routine safety inspections and repair of related facility equipment including, but not limited to: safety screens, nets, cages, benches, fencing, and backstops.


  • A.S. Degree in Turfgrass Management (or related field) and a minimum of four (4) years experience in professional sports field maintenance and/or golf course maintenance.
  • 1 year supervisory experience.
  • Valid AZ Drivers license upon hire.
  • Must obtain Arizona Pesticide License with Turf and Right of Way certifications within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to work non-standard work hours with variable schedule, to include weekends.


  • B.S. Degree in Turfgrass Management (or related field).
  • Experience/familiarity with preventative maintenance procedures for Turf Equipment as specified by the equipment manufacturer and/or Turf Equipment Maintenance Certification.
  • Experience performing reel mower unit setup (reel to bedknife adjustment, height of cut adjustment, etc.), repair, and maintenance

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