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Senior Turf Technician

Requisition ID:  23517

Join Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  PFW is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  We strive to add hardworking people to our team and we are currently seeking a Senior Turf Technician, in our Grounds department.

Your day to day:

  • Perform field maintenance duties while maintaining campus trees, shrubs, flowerbeds, and landscape.
  • Perform general ground maintenance, repair, and janitorial duties of fields, fencing, common areas, amenities, parking lots and other areas. 
  • Assist with planning and implementing annual renovation projects. 
  • Utilize Integrated Pest Management Techniques and apply chemicals, fertilizers, insecticides, etc. in accordance with Indiana State Chemist.
  • Determine appropriate pest control methods and apply appropriate pesticides.
  • Perform snow removal using sophisticated snow removal equipment and ensures campus safety. 
  • Attend professional seminars to remain current with the field. 
  • Assist with special events; may require overtime. 
  • Be on a 24-hour callback for emergencies.
  • Maintain ash butlers, litter receptacles, trash, recycling bags, etc
  • Maintain and oversee inventory of supplies and recommend equipment orders.
  • Provide supervision for student/temporary workers, determine work priorities, assign and check work, train, and handle on-site complaints.   
  • Winterize, repair, and store equipment.
  • Perform routine, preventative maintenance and cleaning of vehicles.

Why we’ll love you:

  • You have worked hard to earn a High School Diploma or GED.
  • You have at least four years of experience with grounds maintenance.
  • You have 3b and 3a Pesticide Applicators license.
  • You have a working knowledge of plant science including identification of deficiencies in plants and trees.
  • You have knowledge of ornamental growth habits, pruning requirements and methods, planting methods, nutrient requirements and insect and disease diagnosis. 
  • You have knowledge of equipment in the maintenance, repair and renovation of athletic facilities.
  • You possess the ability to read chemical labels and read material safety data sheets (SDS). 
  • You are able to calibrate spray and fertilizing equipment. 
  • You are able to work with customers in a courteous, efficient and tactful manner.
  • You can establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials and the general public. 
  • You have a valid driver’s license and remain in compliance with the Purdue University Motor Vehicle Records policy.
  • You have the ability to lift, carry, push, pull and move 50 to 80 pounds frequently, and up to 100 + pounds occasionally.
  • You are able to work in various temperatures and wear personal protective gear as necessary.

Why you’ll love us:

  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, your spouse, and your children
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance are available on the first day of employment
  • Additional voluntary benefits
  • Retirement benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Support for professional development opportunities
  • Live and work in an affordable, family-friendly community


Additional Information:

  • For the highest consideration, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. 
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check and misconduct will be required for employment in this position
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain the same benefit standing
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Non-Exempt Defined Contribution Plan


Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


Typically requires a high school diploma/GED
Jun 8, 2023

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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