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Sports Field Technician

  • Full Time
  • New York, NY
  • $ 27-$30 per hour

Job: Sports Field Technician
Department: Sports Field
Job Type: Full-Time, Year-Round; 40 hrs. per week; weekends and holidays required, overtime when required; Non-Exempt
Pay Range: $27-30.00 per hour.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package 60 days following date of hire (health insurance, paid time off, free parking on site, etc.)
Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Sports Field Technician will report to the Director of Grounds and the Sports Field Manager and will work with them and other members of the crew to maintain the surfaces of athletic playing fields. This position will focus primarily on the maintenance of the new Kentucky bluegrass, sand-based regulation soccer pitch at Icahn Stadium. This position will also assist with the Park’s 18 grass soccer fields (16 sand based, 2 natural) and 12 synthetic soccer fields located at Randall’s Island Park. This position offers a unique opportunity to help maintain fields of various playing surfaces and levels across a 330-acre park in New York City.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Implement an effective turf plan for the Icahn Stadium field, under the guidance and direction of the Director of Grounds and Sports Field Manager.
  • Focus on assisting with maintenance of the soccer pitch at Icahn Stadium to a high standard, suitable for professional and semi-professional play.
  • Provide gameday support during professional and semi- professional matches.
  • Work with the Randall’s Island Sports Field crew to assist with daily field maintenance including field layout, dimensions, lining, mowing, seeding, fertilizing, watering, leveling, laying sod, removing debris, and rolling.
  • Assist with implementation of a responsible integrated pest management program for the Icahn Stadium field.
  • Assist with a variety of projects including field leveling, irrigation repair, irrigation installation, drainage & field renovation.
  • Apply knowledge of synthetic turf field general maintenance and repair.
  • Operate hand tools such as various hoes, rakes, tampers, and shovels.
  • Operate small equipment such as walk and riding lawnmowers, weed whackers, vibratory tamps, sod cutters, edgers and backpack leaf blowers.
  • Operate large equipment such as motorized utility vehicles, tractors, and skid steers.
  • Ensure all equipment is secured and well-maintained, including washing, greasing, fueling, and arranging for service of equipment.
  • Perform other general tasks as assigned.

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in high-end turf maintenance, such as golf course, stadiums, ball fields, soccer fields, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of and ability to assist with a variety of projects pertaining to the soccer fields which can include field renovations, sod removal, sod installation, irrigation install, repair/adjustments, aeration, seeding, and drainage.
  • Knowledge of and ability to safely use hand tools that are essential to soccer field maintenance such as rakes, tampers, shovels, specialized tools such as compactions testers, soil moisture meters and shear test tools.
  • Ability to operate small equipment that is essential to maintaining a safe and enjoyable playing surface such as weed whackers, mowers and edgers.
  • Knowledge of and ability to safely operate large equipment such as motorized utility vehicles, tractors, skid steers and corresponding attachments and implements routinely used to assist in cultural practices and field renovations.
  • Knowledge of synthetic turf field general maintenance and repair.
  • Knowledge of various field dimensions and playing formats.
  • Ability to line fields and knowledge of lining material.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of various field and soil amendments and their appropriate use and application.
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong work ethic, desire to excel and willingness to learn.
  • Possess creative problem solving and adaptive decision-making skills to help maintain 31 Soccer fields of various playability requirements.
  • Willingness to collaborate and create positive working relationships.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to shift priorities and focus, when needed.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, occasional evenings, etc.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all different types of weather, under strenuous conditions.
  • Ability to perform physical labor; must be able to lift 50lbs.
  • Valid Driver License.

PREFERRED SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two (2) years of materials applications experience.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Pesticide license.
  • Fluency in Spanish.

To apply for this job please visit randallsisland.org.