Stadium Assistant Groundskeeper


Austin FC joined Major League Soccer in January 2019 as the league’s 27th member club and will officially begin play in MLS in 2021 in a new, state-of-the-art 20,500-seat soccer stadium and public park scheduled to open during Austin FC’s inaugural season.

Austin FC is actively seeking a proven, reliable, and professional Stadium Assistant Groundkeeper to primarily be responsible for maintaining Austin FC Stadium grass and associated equipment. In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that all necessary maintenance of the Austin FC Stadium is completed and communicate with Austin FC’s Soccer Operations leadership (including Sporting Director, coaches, Academy General Manager, and Front Office) as it pertains to field scheduling and maintenance. This position will also train additional grounds staff members and interns (as needed), and support any groundskeeping needs that may arise for the Club (including needs at the St. David’s Performance Center).

This unique role to help build a major league property and establish the core identity of a major league brand from the earliest stages is a once-in-a-lifetime and career-defining opportunity. The position is based in Austin, TX. Austin was selected by U.S. News and World Report in each of the last three years as the No. 1 place in the nation to live, while Forbes placed it at the top of its “Cities of the Future” list.

Are You Someone That:

  • Has a positive attitude, strong work ethic and passion for flawless execution?
  • Feels a sense of pride and accomplishment in successfully executing a well-organized, well-coordinated event?
  • Takes pride in maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and discretion?
  • Works well within in a collaborative, team-driven, and goal-based environment?
  • Creates processes to increase work efficiencies and systems to work smarter not harder?
  • Can communicate effectively with a wide range of people?
  • Consistently prioritizes projects, meetings and fast-changing schedules while remaining productive and professional?
  • Possess exceptional organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and multi-task?

In This Role You Will:

  • Work within a team to maintain the Austin FC stadium pitch as well as all surrounding landscaping; and
  • Develop and maintain good communication with Austin FC’s Soccer Operations leadership (including Sporting Director, coaches, and Academy General Manager) and Austin FC’s Front Office as it pertains to field scheduling and maintenance; and
  • Track growth progress, soil moisture, shear strength, and field hardness to help ensure player safety and field quality; and
  • Complete preventive maintenance on various pieces of equipment and ensure all equipment remains in working and operational condition; and
  • Keep up-to-date and accurate records of fertilizer, pesticide and other chemical applications; and
  • Train crew members, to include interns, in the proper use of equipment, tools, chemicals, and their applications; and
  • Research FIFA and MLS standards and ensure that playing surfaces meet these standards; and
  • Able to make precise and timely decisions that affect field conditions; and
  • Complete projects and special assignments within budgets as directed by the organization; and
  • Maintain daily field maintenance and make suggestions of improvements when necessary.

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Turf Management, Horticulture, or Plant Science required
  • 3 years relevant work in maintaining professional quality sports fields
  • Working knowledge of field construction and maintenance pertaining to irrigation, drainage, rootzone, and artificial turf
  • Experience in grow lights preferred but not required
  • Experience working with warm climate turfgrass species
  • English language proficiency is essential and Spanish/English bilingual skills are a plus
  • Working knowledge of FIFA and MLS rules and regulations
  • Ability to obtain a Texas pesticide applicators license
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, knowledge of current technologies and commitment to remain up to date with industry best practices
  • Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally
  • Detail and deadline-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure
  • Ability to work in various degrees of outdoor weather conditions, including but not limited to, extreme heat or rain
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds of weigh frequently throughout assigned workday
  • Ability to work in various positions, including but not limited to, stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling, and squatting for extended periods of time

Other Details:

  • It is the policy of Austin FC not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law
  • Some business travel may be required
  • All selected candidates are subject to passing a background check prior to employment
  • Hours are variable and can easily include early mornings, evenings, weekends and some holidays in addition to the traditional Monday through Friday hours

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