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Sports Turf Specialist OR Sports Turf Coordinator (1 position)

Job Posting Title:
Sports Turf Specialist OR Sports Turf Coordinator (1 position)

Position Type:
Professional / Unclassified

Department:
LSUAM Athletics

Work Location:
LSU – Baton Rouge

Pay Grade:
Professional

Job Description:
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, LSU Athletics acknowledges the impacts of implicit bias and structural inequity that can impede the creation of a vibrant and representative workforce. We recognize the benefits of diverse perspectives in leadership and of equity in the distribution of organizational resources and opportunities. Therefore, we are committed to eliminating barriers to create a better future for our employees, partners and community. To the fair consideration, employment, retention and advancement of qualified applicants, we welcome the unique contributions that individuals bring in terms of their education, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socio-economic status, ability, family status, veteran’s status, experiences, opinions, and ideas.  Forever LSU.

SPORTS TURF SPECIALIST
Under the direction of the Assistant Sports Turf Manager the Sports Turf Specialist supervises the day-to-day operation of the Sports Turf maintenance crew in activities generally associated with athletic turf care/maintenance which include but are not limited to; mowing, preparation of game/practice surfaces to comply with NCAA regulations and individual head coach preferences across 18 acres of natural playing surfaces and 3 acres of synthetic surface.

  • 50% Under the direction of the Assistant Sports Turf Manager this position supervises the day-to-day operation of the Sports Turf maintenance crew in activities generally associated with athletic turf care/maintenance which include but are not limited to; mowing, preparation of game/practice surfaces to comply with NCAA regulations and individual head coach preferences across 18 acres of natural playing surfaces and 3 acres of synthetic surface.
  • 30% Schedules weekly/monthly plans and work for regular routine maintenance of athletic fields, as well as the preventative maintenance of assigned equipment. Prioritizes work needs and ensure that necessary supplies/equipment are present for the task at hand. Leads staff in on-site project oriented work by providing direction and takes a proactive communication approach with his subordinates aimed at reaffirming standards of work.
  • 15% Oversee personnel discipline, safety, training, performance evaluations and other administrative functions as necessary.
  • 5% Advances and supports LSU and Athletics Department diversity and inclusion initiatives through personal participation in educational and developmental opportunities, as well as participation in the creation of an inclusive culture consistent with the values of LSU and its Athletics Department; Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Turf Management, Agronomy/Plant soil system or closely associated field; One year experience in Athletic Operations or related experience.

Special or Physical Qualifications: Valid Driver’s License is required. Ability to work extended days, weekends and holidays. Ability to stand, walk, and lift objects up to 50 lbs. Must infrequently be able to lift containers weighing 100 pounds. Due to the nature and/or position responsibilities, this position shall be subject to alcohol/drug testing in accordance with University Policy Statement 67. This position may be required to report to campus in times of emergency and/or closure per University Policy Statement 18. Requires pre-employment drug screen and physical.

 

SPORTS TURF COORDINATOR
The Sports Turf Coordinator is an essential professional position that provides support in achieving the safety and sustainability of approximately 21 acres of competition and practice natural turfgrass playing fields, in addition to 3 acres of synthetic surface practice fields. Additionally, this position is tasked with the maintenance and oversight of approximately 10 acres of manicured landscape which is maintained by both in-house staff as well as contractors.

  • 65% Under the direction of the Assistant Sports Turf Manager, this position functions within the day-to-day operation of the Sports Turf maintenance crew in activities generally associated with athletic turf care/maintenance which include but are not limited to; mowing, preparation of game/practice surfaces to comply with NCAA regulations and individual head coach preferences, string trimming, edging, hardscape maintenance, turf blowing and/or vacuuming, general clean up and litter removal, irrigation/drainage repairs and installation, pruning and weeding of landscape, oversight of repair/replacement of turfgrass including sodding, topdressing, verti-cutting, aerification, and seeding, infield skin and warning track maintenance. Perform daily visual inspections of all assigned areas.
  • 20% Leads small groups of staff to perform project oriented work including minor renovations or repairs to athletic playing surfaces including but not limited to: sod work, drainage installation/repairs, and irrigation drainage/installation. Works towards adhering to weekly/monthly scheduled plans and work for regular routine maintenance of athletic fields, as well as the preventative maintenance of assigned equipment. Works to meet deadlines for field and facility preparation related to NCAA sporting events performing tasks such as: lining/marking of fields for play, infield preparation, mowing, and other facility assets (i.e; fencing, tarps, banners and signage, etc.) are in place.
  • 10% Responsible for aiding LSU Event Management staff in event operations specific to their assigned facility/sport.  This can include but not be limited to management of internal facility maintenance, custodial and grounds staff as well as outside contract services such as event management security personnel or post event cleanup/custodial services.
  • 5% Meets with coaches and operations staff specific to assigned areas in order to ensure that the daily requirement specific to the facility or specific coaches preferences are being adhered to.  Meets with chain of command to make recommendations related to overall athletic field maintenance or areas of concern. Advances and supports LSU and Athletics Department diversity and inclusion initiatives through personal participation in educational and developmental opportunities, as well as participation in the creation of an inclusive culture consistent with the values of LSU and its Athletics Department; Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Turf Management, Agronomy/Plant soil system or related field; Individuals who do not possess a four year degree or a degree in the specific/related discipline, but who otherwise possess extraordinary credentials or experience in related field may also be considered.

Special or Physical Qualifications: Valid Driver’s License is required. Ability to work extended days, weekends and holidays. Ability to stand, walk, and lift objects up to 50 lbs. Must infrequently be able to lift containers weighing 100 pounds.  Due to the nature and/or position responsibilities, this position shall be subject to alcohol/drug testing in accordance with University Policy Statement 67. This position may be required to report to campus in times of emergency and/or closure per University Policy Statement 18. Requires pre-employment drug screen and physical.

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