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Requisition ID:  9444

Associate Turf Technician

Job Summary

*Updated, March 20, 2020*: All interview and hiring processes will be postponed until later specified. At this time, we are still accepting applications.


The Department of Athletics Facilities is seeking an Associate Turf Technician. This position will be responsible for assisting in the maintenance and operations of all Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletic fields and surrounding grounds areas. Additional duties will include but are not limited to: 


  • Following existing turfgrass maintenance schedules and management practices, to include recognizing, identifying and treating turf grass insects and diseases that could damage the quality of athletic turf
  • Applying fertilizer and chemicals for athletic facility sites
  • Formulating fertilizers and chemical spread formulas used in turf grass maintenance
  • Assisting with game day operations for all outdoor athletic events
  • Assisting the Sports Turf Crew Chief with special projects
  • Managing and/or supervising student crews to accomplish daily maintenance, field preparations & special projects
  • Coordinating painting/fertilizing and cultural practices for all game and practice fields
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of a variety of specialized machinery, including boom sprayer, reel mowers, utility tractor, skid steer, topdressors, seeders, paint lining equipment and irrigation systems
  • Maintaining working inventory of all materials used; accurate allocation of chemicals in keeping with EPA standards; ensures proper inventory records to plan for purchase of chemicals, fertilizers, paint and maintenance supplies
  • Point of contact between Sports Turf Crew and coaching staffs to ensure that practice and event setups are completed on time
  • Working around team schedules to accomplish daily maintenance
  • Developing turfgrass maintenance tools applicable to the sport program area(s)
  • Assisting with snow and ice removal
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 2 years of sports turf experience
  • Must obtain Category 3B pesticide license within one year of employment
  • Work directly under the supervision of the Sports Turf Crew Chief
  • Ability to follow the annual maintenance & fertility weekly duties calendar to promote, monitor and maintain health of assigned areas with general supervision
  • Possess skills in turf equipment and irrigation systems
  • Ability to paint lines and logos for sporting events
  • Ability to establish working relationships with coaching staffs and other athletic department staff members
  • Ability to follow all safety policies and procedures
  • Ability to develop their own organizational and time management skills to meet routine deadlines
  • Ability to communicate and adhere to OSHA, University, Big Ten Conference, and NCAA policies, procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Ability to keep detailed history of turf maintenance, chemical/fertility logs, paint logs for historical reference or review of BMPs
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities such as seminars, workshops, correspondence courses and trade shows
  • Ability to Lift and carry 50 to 80 lbs. frequently, and up to 100+ lbs.



  • Two or four-year degree in turf science or related field
Additional Information:
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-Exempt Defined Contribution Plan 
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply