Crew Chief – Sports Turf

This position leads a crew and participates in the mowing, landscaping, and spraying of the sports turf fields within the Neighborhood Parks Division.

Essential Job Functions

  • Coordinates, assigns and reviews work and establishes work schedules; maintains standards; monitors status of work in progress; inspects completed work assignments; answers questions; gives advice and direction as needed.
  • Applies pesticides as necessary. Assists with the planning of a comprehensive pesticide and fertilizer plan for landscape beds, plants, and turf areas. Ensures this plan is followed and implanted safely and correctly.
  • Calibrates fertilizer and chemical application equipment. Uses hand spreaders, push spreaders, hand sprayer, backpack sprayer, and riding sprayers.
  • Ensures that chemicals, and other controlled products are used, stored and disposed of in accordance with local, state and federal regulations; maintains required records and strives to minimize the use of chemicals and other controlled products.
  • Able to perform basic mathematic calculations, calibrations, and able to convert and understand fractions, decimals, and percentages when applying fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Work involves operating equipment, tractors, blowers, performing litter control, landscaping, aerating, mowing, topdressing, vertical-mowing, and other cultural practices.
  • Plans and assists with field improvement projects – such as sod work, drainage, grading, sprigging, and irrigation improvements.
  • Assists with the installation and repair of irrigation systems.
  • Maintains both natural and artificial turf grass sports fields.
  • Prunes shrubs, edges beds, eliminates wild growth and weeds, and mulches landscape beds.
  • Works with crew to perform landscape renovations and install new landscaping.
  • Ensures the sports fields are cut and maintained to established standards.
  • Instructs operators in safety precautions and procedure.
  • Performs various skilled tasks in park structure maintenance, repair, alteration, and remodeling.
  • Plans and installs new landscaping features; installs flowers, shrubs, and trees.
  • Trains personnel in tools and techniques.
  • Operates dump or pickup truck.
  • Maintains accurate records.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires High school diploma or GED plus additional vocational training in turf maintenance or landscape maintenance; with four (4) years of experience in landscape, athletic fields, golf course, and or spray technician; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Requires a State Commercial Pesticide Applicator License with Ornamental and Turf endorsement or must obtain within twelve (12) months of employment.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history.

Additional Requirements

  • Background investigation, including supervised drug screen, post offer/pre-employment medical screen; and verification of education, certifications, and licenses required prior to employment.

Additional Information

  • Knowledge of spraying and fertilizer principals and concepts.
  • Knowledge of turf grass care and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of horticulture principles, practices, tools, and materials.
  • Knowledge of landscape design and maintenance principles.
  • Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.
  • Skill in establishing priorities and organizing work.
  • Skill in the operation of lawn maintenance equipment.
  • Skill in the operation of hand and power tools.
  • Skill in the operation of tractors, leaf blower, zero turn mower, reel mower, hedge trimmer, line trimmer, top-dressed, skid steer, and other associated equipment.
  • Skill in oral communication

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