GARDENER LEAD, Facilities/Utility/Grounds

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

Washington Athletics aims to inspire champions on the field and in the classroom. Operating with the four core values of growth mindset, committed service, humility and grit, the Huskies choose to lead by example. With over 650 student-athletes competing throughout UW’s 22 sports programs, the department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) is committed to a leading-edge student-athlete experience, and offering student-athletes the ability to compete for NCAA and Pac-12 championships while working toward a degree from one of the world’s leading public research universities.

Our Intercollegiate Athletics has an outstanding opportunity for a Gardener Lead.

This position reports to the Director of Facility Operations, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of ICA facilities. The Gardener Lead will maintain an organizational culture that emphasizes our core values and fosters an inclusive, collaborative, innovative, and nimble environment.

Maintain a high level playing surface for skin areas for softball with respect to the best field management practices associated with maintaining professional sports fields in the Pacific Northwest region as needed. Mow, edge, trim and aerate the softball field and other playing surfaces throughout the athletic complex. Prepare the softball field daily for practice and games. Apply fertilizer and pesticides.

Assist with the daily field maintenance for football, soccer, baseball, track, surrounding areas, and other facilities as assigned.  Provide maintenance for artificial turf fields. Sweep, clean, tine and maintain the turf fields on a regular basis. Paint game fields as required.

Lead or support the setup, game day coverage, and clean up for softball games, football games, and other events as assigned. Develop layouts for facilities including bleachers, chairs, tables, backdrops, and staging. Assure sites are returned to original conditions.

Assist in day of game football operations which includes setup, monitoring specified areas during the game, and cleaning the stadium. This may include leading a group of volunteers or temporary labor.

Perform other related duties such as sweeping of tennis courts, washing track surfaces, and maintenance of basketball courts as assigned.

Control vegetation growth in all areas around the athletic complex buildings and grounds to include but not limited to Husky Stadium, Alaska Airlines Arena, Husky Ballpark, Conibear Shellhouse, Husky Softball Stadium, Outdoor Track Facility, and the Dempsey Indoor Facility. Perform and lead others in planting, transplanting, pruning, and irrigating sports fields, shrubs, and trees; coordinate and prepare special projects.  Perform general landscaping in assigned areas of the athletic grounds.  Apply and instruct in the application of pesticides and herbicides for turf grass and landscape plants.  Assist with snow removal around all athletic facilities.

Develop and direct daily maintenance and preventive maintenance programs.  Maintain adherence to safety policies and procedures.  Maintain records and inventory for equipment, tools, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.  Implement plans to reduce impacts on the environment including recycling, waste management, erosion control, and improve the overall sustainability of the facilities.

Develop preliminary cost estimates for maintenance, construction and repair work.  Read and interpret plans, blueprints and sketches.  Plan and prepare work assignments for utility worker and maintenance custodian crews.  Inspect grounds projects.  Construct and repair fencing as needed.  Perform routine repairs to locks, floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, stairs, track surfaces, soccer goals, and other related items.

Use a variety of manual tools and equipment such as rakes, hand edger’s, loppers, tampers, pruning shears, shovels, hoes, fertilizer spreaders and pesticide sprayers.  Operate power and motorized equipment such as blowers, turf vacuums and sweepers, tractors, front end loaders, lawn mowers, bunker rakes, forklifts, lawn edger’s, chain saws, small trucks, backpack blowers, rototillers, aerators, sod cutters, and weed trimmers. May set and operate lawn sprinkler systems.

Perform related duties as required.

Compliance with the rules and regulations of the University, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference, the State of Washington and any other governing body is of paramount importance to the University. The overall responsibility of this position is for the successful operation of the program in full compliance with all such rules and regulations. As a condition of employment, the Employee shall be required to participate in rules education programs offered by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Physical ability to do required work AND two years of experience as a Gardener or equivalent work involving grounds maintenance, plant care and landscape construction
Physical ability to do required work AND one year of experience as stated above AND one year of college level training in botany, horticulture, forestry, landscape, irrigation or allied field OR  equivalent education/experience.

Additional Skill Requirements :
Two years of experience as a grounds keeper or equivalent work involving grounds maintenance, athletic field maintenance, and athletic turf management.

Strong background in the daily and seasonal maintenance requirements of athletic fields; knowledge and experience of intercollegiate sports fields-dimensions and game field markings.

Experience in preparing athletic fields for safety, especially during inclement weather.  Availability and flexibility to work seven days a week during playing seasons.

Ability to communicate with coaches specifically with questions about the fields or explanation of fieldwork.  Knowledge and experience in maintaining high quality turf grass and artificial turf grass playing surfaces (i.e. fertilization, use of pesticides, topdressing, aerating, irrigation etc.).
Knowledge of turf-grass maintenance on sand based fields, especially in western Washington.


Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Turf Management or related field preferred.

Conditions of Employment :
• Ability to work in inclement weather.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and have a valid Washington State public operator’s pesticide license or obtain within ninety days.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

This position is designated as one that performs an “essential function”. This position’s incumbent must continue to report to work in the event that the University suspends operations because of severe weather, natural disaster, or other emergency conditions.

Typical Schedule :

Monday-Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm (evenings, weekends, and holidays as required for sporting and special events)

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