Assistant Groundskeeper

  • Full Time
  • Renton, WA
  • $ 53,422-$74,791

Seattle Sounders FC is a progressive high performing collection of people who strive to achieve the highest levels of our sport while making a transformative impact in our communities in the best soccer city in America. Our culture is focused on serving one of the most passionate sports fan bases in North America who are invested in the Sounders as much for our commitment to making a positive impact in our communities as they are for winning the 2019 MLS Cup and 2022 CONCACAF Champions League on home soil. We exist to create special moments like these, where we enrich lives and unify our fans and city through soccer.

The Assistant Groundskeeper will participate in the oversight and performance of field maintenance which includes playing surfaces/fields at the Sounders FC Center at Longacres headquarters and training facility. This role will have a sound knowledge of ground maintenance tools, techniques, and practices, as well as skilled and semi-skilled grounds maintenance functions. This role will also assist in directing and supervising ground crew team members and maintain the necessary equipment needed to accomplish tasks in a timely and efficient manner.


  • Participates in maintenance and daily responsibilities for fields and grounds including mowing, irrigation, fertilizing, pesticide applications, field painting, cultural turfgrass practices, equipment operation and maintenance and snow removal per strategic plans and defined maintenance standards.
  • Assists in managing inventory and the preventive equipment maintenance and replacement programs.
  • Assists with ordering and maintaining products necessary for ground maintenance.
  • Ensures the safe operation of light duty vehicles such as mowers, tractors, and trucks.
  • Performs seasonal maintenance of the equipment fleet and ensures proper maintenance is performed in a timely manner.
  • Assists in maintaining and ensuring necessary practice equipment (goals, benches, etc.) is set up, and in good working condition.
  • Fosters professional relationships with coaching staff, first team support staff, players, co-workers, and tenants.
  • Participates in training, scheduling, and deploying of personnel to accomplish the work in compliance with OSHA and Worker Right-to Know standards.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • 2+ years of ground maintenance related work experience in professional/collegiate athletics preferred.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain WA State Pesticide Applicator’s license.
  • Knowledge of basic turfgrass/grounds maintenance practices.
  • Ability to proficiently operate turf related equipment (i.e., tractors, mowers, aerifiers, field paint machine).
  • Candidate must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and highly organized with the ability to prioritize and juggle tasks.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel & Outlook)
  • Ability to perform physical labor for extended periods of time and in various weather conditions.


  • This position will work in-person from the Sounders FC Center at Longacres headquarters and training facility in Renton, WA.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, as needed.
  • Must be fully vaccinated at the time of hire and follow all club and league COVID-19 protocols.
  • Must be able to facilitate own local travel.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Responsibilities include regular work outdoors and may require standing on feet for long periods of time, as well as some lifting of up to 40 pounds.

Seattle Sounders FC offers competitive compensation and an engaging, supportive environment that prioritizes the health and well-being of our people.
The annual compensation range for this position is $53,422 – $74,800. Base pay at time of offer will take into account job-related knowledge, skills and experience required for the role, internal equity and market.

Our Total Rewards package for full-time team members includes:

  • Healthcare plans with 100% employer sponsored premiums for employees and dependents
  • Generous PTO plan that includes unlimited paid vacation, Mental Health Days, and offseason time off to support employee health and well-being
  • 401k retirement plan matching
  • Gender-neutral parental leave program offering 12-16 weeks of paid leave for new parents
  • Discounts on Sounders FC products, merchandise and with Sounders FC Partners
  • Complimentary tickets to Sounders FC and Tacoma Defiance matches
  • Volunteer opportunities in the Seattle community offered in support of social impact and RAVE Foundation initiatives
  • Growth opportunities, employee learning and development programs to support professional and personal growth

We celebrate our diverse work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives. Women, gender-nonbinary, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The physical demands reflective of the duties and work environment herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Sounders FC is committed to providing Reasonable Accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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