Grounds Crew Chief – Athletic Fields

Position Summary

This position assists the Turf Manager in running the daily operations of The University of Arizona Athletic Fields and Grounds which include: scheduling and coordinating the daily work of laborers; planning field improvement projects, and coordinating with outside contractors in the execution of those projects; planning and executing primary (fertility and pesticide applications) and secondary turf cultural activities (topdressing, aeration, etc); monitoring and implementing quality control protocols for employees; preparing fields for athletic practices and events; managing and repairing irrigation system; managing equipment inventory and communicating with mechanic; managing fertilizer and pesticide inventory. Must be able to lead the UA Turf Department in the absence of the Turf Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Coordinates and directs a crew to insure timely preparation of fields.
• Co-Supervises staff of 11 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, participates and supervises staff in all aspects of field maintenance.
• Reviews projects for structural and operational safety.
• 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Ability to work a very flexible schedule which includes evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

• 4 year degree in turf management, plant science, horticulture or related field.
• Previous experience working at a professional or collegiate level athletic complex.
• Knowledge of rules/regulations for NCAA D1 Athletics
• STMA member.
• 3 years’ experience with collegiate or pro athletic field operation.
• Experience managing warm season grasses, over seeding and transition.
• Experience supervising 1-3 employees.
• Experience communicating with coaches.

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