Athletic Fields Specialist

Athletic Grounds/Field Specialist

Salary: $33,000.00 – $35,000.00 Annually
Location: St. George, UT
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
School: Administrative Affairs
Job Number: 20CLS922-1

Closing: 7/24/2019 11:59 PM Mountain


Position Announcement
Under the direction of the Grounds/Landscape Supervisor and within the department of Facilities Management, this position performs skilled and semi-skilled labor in the various aspects of Athletic Field Maintenance, including turf and skinned area maintenance, irrigation, construction and related service activities for the University’s baseball and softball fields.  Directly participates in the daily maintenance and preparation of all playing surfaces, supervises (and trains) a part-time staff employee in the techniques to maintain athletic fields.  Follows operational procedures to optimally maintain the playing surface of the field.  Experience, special skills, knowledge and abilities to maintain athletic fields at the highest competitive levels are required.  Additional information about the department is online at


  • Perform daily athletic field and grounds maintenance, including mowing, aerifying, topdressing, seeding, sodding, trimming, field painting, irrigation and turf care, as well as fertilizing;
  • Spraying chemicals including insecticides, herbicides, soil conditioners and related chemicals;
  • Installing and caring of trees and shrubs, with proper pruning techniques and tree removal;
  • Following proper safety precautions.
  • Help perform infield maintenance and repair work of baseball/softball fields, including watering infields, repairing bases, pitching mounds, batter’s boxes and transition areas of infield and outfield.
  • Perform tilling, rolling and fertilizing soil; construct new planting areas and maintain high traffic wear areas on athletic fields.
  • Perform maintenance of irrigation system, including preventative maintenance, replacement of heads, broken pipes, winterization and summerization of irrigation system and monitor flow rates of fields.
  • Identify equipment needs for each assigned project; organize work methods and procedures; ensure proper materials are available. Check assigned tools and equipment needed for maintenance and repair, make repairs, and report major repairs to supervisor.
  • Operate or drive a variety of specialized equipment utilized in assigned projects including tractors, lawn mowers, forklift, man-lift, power and hand tools such as chain saws, weed eaters, edgers and related equipment; assist in training others to use specialized equipment as necessary.
  • Perform maintenance of field areas and buildings; pick up paper and other debris; empty trash containers, sweep entrances, gutters and curb areas.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; respond to citizen inquiries and complaints, while maintaining positive relations with the public.
  • Supervise seasonal staff in job duties.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma (or equivalent GED) required
  • At least one year of athletic or sports field maintenance experience, and three years of general landscape maintenance, are required; experience with irrigation systems preferred
  • Must have (and maintain) a valid Driver’s License and be able to lift more than 50 pounds and work in all kinds of inclement weather extremes of hot and cold.  A lift test and drug test will be required prior to job start date.
  • Ability to use and knowledge of the operation and tools necessary to perform daily tasks (mower, trimmer, shears, shovels, tractor, truck, etc.)  Knowledge of materials, methods, practices and equipment used in athletic field maintenance
  • Knowledge of handling and the proper application of related chemicals, occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the work; good principles and procedures of record keeping
  • Knowledge of planting and caring for trees, shrubbery, and grass; ability to apply herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals in a safe manner
  • Ability to be flexible with schedule and work around Athletic team schedules
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to follow detailed oral and written instructions
  • Ability to exercise basic human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with the university community and campus guests

Supplemental Information
CONTRACT: Full-time (12-month) classified staff position.  Annual salary of $33,000 – $35,000, depending on qualifications & experience.  Desired start date of August/September 2019.  Excellent benefits package included (see under “Example of DSU Benefits” for more details).  A physical examination and drug-screening will be required upon offer of employment.

Electronic Application Procedures: Application review begins July 25, 2019. Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information (including email) for three professional references electronically. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office at (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of “active life” and we seek faculty and staff committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to excellent outdoor recreational opportunities.  Click here to learn more about the University.

Dixie State currently has approximately 10,000 students and has been a fast growing Utah public institution of higher education over the last several years.  We offer over 185 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases.  DSU seeks to recruit faculty and staff who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to its strategic plan, campus diversity, and growth trajectories.  DSU faculty and staff are committed to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.

DSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The President and employees of Dixie State University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, services, and employment with regard to race / ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a person with a disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and protected veteran’s status.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
Dixie State University
Human Resources
225 S. University Avenue
St. George, Utah, 84770

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