Grounds Superintendent (Athletics)

The Grounds Superintendent independently plans, directs, and coordinates grounds keeping and landscape operations of Athletics facilities.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Eight years of related full-time work experience in general landscaping or grounds keeping experience, including experience with athletics ground maintenance.
  • Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered.
  • Pesticide and Herbicide Application Licenses or the ability to obtain within two months of employment.
  • Experience supervising and delegating the work of others.
  • Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Valid driver’s license.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of landscape design, landscaping, horticultural techniques.
  • Knowledge of various turf grasses, Florida native vegetation, turf grass insects, weeds, and diseases.
  • Knowledge in field construction, including the installation of drainage and irrigation, choosing a root zone, and establishing turf species.
  • Knowledge in field renovations, including deep tilling skinned infields, adding soil for drainage, seeding, sodding, lip removal, aeration, and top dressing.
  • Knowledge and ability to maintain and repair irrigation systems. Knowledge of the hazardous waste regulations as they pertain to substances used.
  • Knowledge of project and cost control techniques.
  • Skill in identifying complex problems to develop options and implement solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to anticipate and diffuse problems before they occur.
  • Ability to effectively plan and delegate the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively oversee the work of others by providing information, guidance and motivation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with colleagues, vendors, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to take initiative to plan, organize, coordinate and perform work in various situations when numerous and diverse demands are involved.

Essential Job Duties
Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and supervises all aspects of assigned grounds maintenance and services.
  • Develops and implements grounds maintenance standards and schedules.
  • Develops and implements plans to reduce environmental impacts in compliance with South Florida Water Management District and Corps of Engineers requirements.
  • Ensures all staff are properly trained to perform their jobs.
  • Oversees landscaping projects to ensure compliance with environmental, safety, and security standards.
  • Assists in preparation of the annual grounds budget.
  • Recommends and implements operating policies and procedures to ensure efficiency of operations.
  • Serves as essential personnel and provides assistance in the event of an emergency on campus.

Other Job Duties

  • Manages outside vendor contracts for equipment and services related to the Athletics Grounds.• Provides consultation to physical plant on different methods, needs, and problems with the other fields and large grass areas on main campus.
  • Complies with all University, Atlantic Sun Conference, or Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) regulations, as applicable, as well as all NCAA rules and regulations. Remains current with all changes in NCAA, as well as changes to University, Atlantic Sun Conference and CCSA rules and regulations, as applicable, regarding intercollegiate athletics. This includes the requirement for self-reporting any possible rule violations. Any violation of NCAA rules is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
  • Assists with the maintenance and upkeep of department’s field maintenance vehicles and golf cart fleet, including facilitation of repairs. Assists with the maintenance of departmental vehicles, including regular oil changes and cleanings.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

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