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Requisition ID:  14941

Sports Turf Techincian

Job Summary

This position will be filled as a Sports Turf Technician or as a Senior Sports Turf Technician. The hiring manager will determine the job level based on the skills, experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

 

The Sports Turf Technician will work under the supervision of the Sports Turf Crew Chief and is responsible for assisting in the maintenance and operations of all Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletic fields and surrounding grounds areas. This individual will formulate and implement proper turfgrass maintenance schedules and management practices, to include recognizing, identifying and treating turfgrass insects and diseases that could damage the quality of athletic turf as well formulate fertilizers and chemical spread formulas used in turfgrass maintenance.

Responsibilities:

  • Apply fertilizer and chemicals for athletic facility sites
  • Assist with game day operations for all outdoor athletic events
  • Assist Sports Turf Crew Chief with special projects as well as work independently on special projects assigned by Sports Turf Crew Chief
  • Assist in creating annual maintenance & fertility weekly duties calendars, then independently follows them throughout the year to promote, monitor and maintain health of assigned areas
  • Occasionally manage and/or supervise grounds maintenance crews with field preparations
  • Coordinate painting/fertilizing and cultural practices for all game and practice fields
  • Assign and manage crews responsible for aerifying, topdressing and sod work
  • Paint lines and logos for sporting events and can troubleshoot issues
  • Oversee multiple assigned student employees
  • Use of a variety of specialized machinery, including boom sprayer, reel mowers, utility tractor, skid steer, topdressors, seeders, paint lining equipment and irrigation systems
  • Maintain 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
  • Keep detailed history of turf maintenance, chemical/fertility logs, paint logs for historical reference or review of BMPs
  • Respond to coaches needs and advise to ensure accuracy and understanding of all details; make recommendations for improvement
  • Develop turfgrass maintenance tools applicable to the sport program area(s)
  • Maintain awareness of current and emerging technologies related to field maintenance and communication
  • Relay sport program information and explain processes correctly to coaches, administrators and staff

Sports Turf Technician

Required:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • 3 years of sports turf experience
  • Possess Category 3B pesticide license or obtain within 6 months of employment
  • Routinely demonstrate organizational and time management skills to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to communicate and adhere to OSHA, University, Big Ten Conference, and NCAA policies, procedures, rules, and regulations is necessary
  • Must participate in continuing education opportunities such as seminars, workshops, correspondence courses and trade shows
    • Maintains an awareness of current and new technologies, procedures, products that could improve the quality of athletic fields

 

Preferred:

  • 2 or 4 year degree in turf science or related field
  • Possess 3+ years of sports turf experience

 

Senior Sports Turf Technician

Required:

  • Associate’s degree in turf science or related field
  • 2 years of sports turf experience
  • In lieu of degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience (High School Diploma/GED + 4 years of experience)
  • Possess a Category 3B pesticide license
  • Must maintain Category 3B pesticide license to recognize, identify and treat turf grass insects and disease that could damage the quality of turf
  • Display thorough understanding and skills to manage and oversee crews assigned to them
  • Demonstrate clear knowledge of complex issues of field management to make real-time decisions in the best interest of coaches and student athletes
  • Oversee sporting events grounds crew staff and make decisions on field tarping for rain situations
  • Routinely demonstrate organizational and time management skills to meet strict deadlines
  • Keep detailed history of turf maintenance, chemical/fertility logs, paint logs for historical reference or review of BMPs and compliance of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Must participate in continuing education opportunities such as seminars, workshops, correspondence courses and trade shows
    • Maintains an awareness of current and new technologies, procedures, products that could improve the quality of athletic fields

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position.
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • Senior Sports Turf Technician: This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing.
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply


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