Head Groundskeeper

  • Kodak, TN
  • $ TBD/Based on Experience

The Tennessee Smokies, Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are currently searching for an enthusiastic motivated individual to join our organization as the Head Groundskeeper.

Job Summary:

This position will directly oversee our current playing field and the move to our new downtown Knoxville ballpark in 2025. This includes proper planning, treatments, field maintenance, and keeping up with MLB playing surface standards.


Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Take ownership of the overall planning, development, implementation, administration, and budget management for the field operations department.
  • Develop strategies for short/long-term maintenance and care for our current field and new stadium build in Knoxville, 2025 (natural grass field). This will include professional soccer being played in the new stadium in 2025 and beyond.
  • Hire and oversee assistants and game day staff.
  • Able to manage employees, develop work schedules, and manage field maintenance schedules including proper sprays and applications.
  • Communicate directly with the Executive Staff/General Manager on field use, playability, repairs and maintenance, feedback ratings and outside events.
  • Work includes flexible hours with night and weekend work necessary.

 Required Qualifications:

  • A qualified candidate must have a Turfgrass Management degree and five years of successful field related experience within professional baseball or a comparable entity.
  • The desired candidate should be highly motivated with a strong work ethic, the ability to work as a team and multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Compensation Package:

TBD/Based on Experience

All interested candidates should submit their resume and references to General Manager Tim Volk at tvolk@smokiesbaseball.com.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply for this job email your details to tvolk@smokiesbaseball.com