Towson University is accepting applications for a Campus Turf Manager. This position will organize the daily operation of grounds maintenance, supervise crewmembers to include the supervision and instruction of motor equipment operators, groundskeepers and temporary help in performing the necessary duties required to maintain the campus athletic fields and campus grounds at an acceptable level of landscape maintenance. The Campus Turf Manager will also be responsible for the mowing contract and irrigation system for the entire University. This position needs to effectively communicate and coordinate with the Landscape Manager for maintenance activities and event support, as well as have knowledge and familiarity of NCAA, Conference, University rules and regulations related to sports turf management.
The Campus Turf Manager is responsible for the maintenance and up keep of all outdoor athletic facilities to include; baseball complex, softball complex, soccer complex, football/lacrosse/field hockey stadium, track, tennis courts and all practice fields. Program and maintain irrigation systems for the entire campus; schedule and oversee all aspects of the mowing contract for entire campus; create, assign and complete jobs through the work order system. This position is the Building Coordinator for the Landscape Services Building and will perform repairs to sod fields and minor repairs to artificial turf fields; responsible for the athletics grounds maintenance budget and oversight of a procurement card for purchases. Also responsible for lining and painting all athletic fields for preparation for athletic and outside client events. Hires, trains and supervises a crew of athletic field groundskeepers, equipment operators and student employees.
The Campus Turf Manager is expected to maintain a Maryland Pesticide Applicators License and annually prepare pesticide program for all athletic fields to ensure compliance with MDA regulations; maintains Professional Fertilizer Business License and Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certificate through MDA. Monitors fertilization of all athletic fields and applies fertilizer and other amendments as required by regular soil testing. Works with procurement to write bid specifications to hire contractors for projects, purchase motor equipment and tools larger than $5,000, as well work with procurement on university contracts for the areas of athletic fields. Serves as a resource for construction services and operations and maintenance on any projects across campus that are specific to the area of fields and turf management. Manages and coordinates with all university departments or external clients on field preparations for events using all the above listed athletic and university fields. Conducts routine maintenance of equipment to include tractors, mowers, aerators, utility vehicles and other tools. Monitors inventory and order supplies as needed including pesticides, safety equipment, fertilizers, seed, tools, ballfield supplies, paint and other supplies as necessary. Responsible for monitoring weather and supplying reports to event managers, facility directors, coaches and other staff. Organizes and supports snow removal and storm response for athletic facilities, including plowing of artificial turf in stadium in order to keep field clear for use of events and practices.
This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and three years of experience with or knowledge of sports turf and field management. Must be able to supervise, delegate and prioritize responsibilities. This position must be able to communicate effectively with employees, staff, administration, coaches and outside guests and clients. This ideal candidate should be very well organized and able to juggle multiple issues and responsibilities at one time while remaining calm and effective.
Degree in Sports Turf Management, Turf Grass Management or related field preferred. Certified Landscape Certificate also preferred.
A Criminal Background Investigation and pre-employment physical are required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here. This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for stu...dy and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).