Grounds Crew Chief – Athletic Fields

Facilities Management Grounds Services has an exciting opportunity for a Grounds Crew Chief, Athletic Fields. Grounds Services maintains the beautiful grounds at the University of Arizona. This position supervises a crew of athletic turf specialists to assist with the maintenance of nearly 50 acres of turf areas including; lawns, athletic field and synthetic turf fields. This position requires specialized knowledge of athletic turf management.

UofA FM employs just over 600 employees and services over 11 million square feet of campus-keeping the grounds beautiful, classrooms clean, and all utilities moving through the campus.

This position will at times require working non-standard hours.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Coordinates and directs a crew to insure timely preparation of fields.
• Supervises two or more full-time employees, or their equivalent, on a regular basis.
• Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees, or makes related recommendations that are given particular weight.
• Trains and supervises staff in all aspects of field maintenance.
• Plans, projects and schedules grounds crew activities over short and long-range periods and assigns priorities for their completion.
• Reviews projects for structural and operational safety.
• Monitors all activities with regard to progress and cost; advises supervisor of significant variations as required.
• Top dresses, aerates, slices, sods and fertilizes all fields.
• Directs and participates in the precise mowing and lining of fields.
• Prepares and paints logos and lines for events.
• Coordinates with coaches and event staff.
• Maintains multiple facilities on-site such as multiple fields.
• Prepares and maintains records and reports.
• Coordinates periodically with supervisor and receives guidance as to desired standards or quality of service provided.
• Ensures subordinates compliance with established safety guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Thorough knowledge of and ability to plan the work and lead a work team in turf management and field preparation.
• Thorough knowledge of the use and maintenance of specialty equipment used in field maintenance.
• Thorough knowledge of athletic field maintenance.
• Ability to work in a high profile environment.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Four years of grounds maintenance related work experience which included one year of lead experience; OR associate’s degree in Horticulture or related field and two years of grounds maintenance related work experience which included one year of lead experience; OR any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.


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