Director – Grounds

Overview

This position is primarily responsible for overseeing the overall care of the playing field at Miller Park, ensuring the playing surface meets the highest MLB industry standard for quality and safety. In addition, this position will be responsible for managing all the employees that make up the grounds crew.

Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversees the recruitment, supervision and scheduling of managers, leads, seasonal workers and interns
  • Responsible for the generation and implementation of annual departmental budget, evaluating and proposing Grounds advancements through operational and capital expenditures
  • Ensure the Field management team is knowledgeable and executes the necessary tasks required on a daily basis; including mowing, edging, sodding, infield maintenance, moisture management and mound repair
  • Create the turf management program including fertilization, growth regulation, pesticide application, grow light usage and aeration, allowing for a quality surface throughout the season as well as understanding the shade issues as a result of the retractable roof environment
  • Coordinate the field event calendar, communicating and meeting the needs of all internal departments, corporate partners, large revenue generating events, and all other requests, while providing a high quality playing surface throughout the season
  • Continually evaluate and interpret weather forecasts, calling for properly timed roof moves throughout the entire year, while considering the playing surface and public safety
  • Oversees the completion of game day responsibilities, adhering to the strict team schedule and game day events, including set-up and distribution of promotional items
  • Develop a constructive working relationship with Baseball Operations, discussing and resolving challenges facing the playing surface of Miller Park, providing a high industry standard playing surface at all times
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with vendors, sustaining existing and establishing new relationships, allowing for the trade of equipment, goods, and services to offset operating costs

Supervisory Responsibilities Directly responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and supervision of  Miller Park  Grounds management staff, and indirectly supervising 45 employees on the Field. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Team’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license in good standing
  • Must have prior pesticide certifications and be able to obtain a Wisconsin pesticide certification
  • Experience in field management at a professional baseball stadium preferred
  • Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in turfgrass management or related field, and five to seven years of MLB experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.

Language Skills   

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills      

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability   

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50-100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, which may include heat, cold and various forms of precipitation.

The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Hours  

Regular business office hours are Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm, however, additional hours will be required based on the schedule of games and other non-baseball events.  Availability will include weekends, evenings and holidays.

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