Assistant Groundskeeper – F/T -Exempt

POSITION: Assistant Groundskeeper – F/T -Exempt
REPORTS TO: Head Groundskeeper

ASM Global, the leader in privately managed public assembly facilities, has an excellent and immediate opening for an Assistant Groundskeeper at Soldier Field. The Assistant Groundskeeper’s primary responsibility will be maintaining the field for Chicago Fire MLS soccer matches, as well as assisting with other field events, and the surrounding parkland grass areas, by performing personally the following duties:

Includes the following – other duties may be assigned:

Maintenance Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the care, maintenance, and upkeep of playing field grass and surrounding parkland areas
  • Operate vehicles and powered equipment including mowers, tractors, snow blowers, sod cutters, and forklifts
  • Mow and edge lawns using power mowers or edgers
  • Water the field and manage the irrigation system
  • Apply fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides manually or with automatic sprayers/spreaders
  • Patch and repair playing field grass; add sand as necessary
  • Assist in tarping the playing field when required
  • Install and remove field goals, team benches, stairs, and other structures for events
  • Replace old sod and install new sod as needed
  • Paint field markings according to event requirements (including football, soccer, concerts, and other major events)
  • Install and remove terraplas flooring for concerts
  • Monitor and report issues with the irrigation system
  • Mark irrigation lines before parkland events
  • Manage snow production on the sledding hill in winter
  • Clear snow from sidewalks, gates, and other exterior areas around Soldier Field as required
  • Maintain the artificial field at ComEd Recreational Center

Supervision Responsibilities:

  • Direct field labor staff during tarping, terraplas installation/removal, and structural setup/teardown

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Research sod farms, coordinate with suppliers, and manage the sod budget with accounting
  • Collect sod receipts post-installation for accounting reconciliation
  • Monitor weather via Weather Command and liaise with meteorologists for inclement weather planning
  • Order bulk supplies such as salt, sand, straw, and fertilizer
  • Foster and maintain relationships with Fire Groundskeeper and other clients

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university with a concentration in Groundskeeping, Landscaping, or related field.
  • Subsequent groundskeeping experience may be supplemented for college degree.
  • Three to five years related experience and/or training as a groundskeeper or equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Working knowledge of the principles of groundskeeping, field maintenance, and equipment
  • Groundskeeping experience in an NFL, MLS, or NCAA environment is preferred
  • Obtains an Illinois Pesticide Applicator License

Position requires ability to:

  • Excellent planning and adaptation skills
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Demonstrate good problem-solving and communication skills
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Professional presentation, appearance and work ethic
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Proficient in painting NFL and MLS fields
  • Ability to obtain Illinois Pesticide Applicator License within 90 days of employment if not already possessed
  • Ability to work under limited supervision and to interact with all levels of staff including upper management
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours that may vary due to functions and may include, daytime, evenings, weekends and holidays

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to work both indoors and outdoors, sometimes inclement weather. Employee must be able to lift 50lbs and must have the physical ability to maneuver around the facility, at times, walking and/or standing up to 8-10 hours daily.

Only candidates that apply through our online system will be considered. Applicants that need reasonable accommodations to complete the application process may contact: 312-235-7148

Recruiter: Maggie Szot
(312) 235-7148
Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive

ASM is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, and protected Veterans to apply. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

To apply for this job email your details to mszot@soldierfield.net