Sports Turf Manager; University of Maryland

20 Sep 2016 5:55 AM | Ben Ellis (Administrator)

University Recreation & Wellness

University of Maryland


TITLE: Sports Turf Manager (Exempt Staff #100529)

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full-time professional staff position with full benefits. The Sports Turf Manager is responsible for insuring the readiness and safety of all outdoor playing fields and recreation facilities maintained by University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell). These facilities include native soil and sand-based cool season grass fields and informal play areas, infill artificial turf surfaces, sand volleyball courts, and hard court surfaces. Some evening and weekend work is required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have, as a minimum: a two-year degree in Sports Turf Management or related field; two (2) years of experience in the maintenance of athletic/recreation or professional sports outdoor facilities and/or golf courses, two (2) years of experience operating industrial-sized grounds care equipment, a current State of Maryland Pesticide Applicators license (or the ability to acquire one within 6 months of hire); a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently and use computers effectively. Applicants should have knowledge of the growing characteristics of warm and cool season grasses and the requirements for maintaining different playing surfaces, including natural grass and artificial turf (mowing, fertilizing, seeding, sodding, field layout/lining, grooming, snow removal, weed/pest/disease recognition and treatment, etc.) and the ability to perform physical work in adverse (hot/cold) weather conditions. Preferred qualifications include: A Bachelor’s degree in sports turf management, agronomy, or related field; a current State of Maryland Nutrient Management program certificate; one or more specialty certifications (e.g. forklift operator, man-lift operator), and some supervisory experience.

STARTING DATE: November 15, 2016, preferred.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience, the range is $48,000 - $52,000.

BENEFITS: 22 days annual leave, 14 paid holidays, 3 days personal leave, 15 days sick leave; University contributions to health insurance and retirement plans, tuition remission.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply for this position by going to and selecting staff position #100529. Attach a letter of application, current résumé, and the names and current phone numbers of three professional references (one must be, or have been, an immediate workplace supervisor).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: For best consideration, September 30, 2016.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, call 301-226-4400 or visit

The University of Maryland is a diverse community of 45,000. The University Recreation & Wellness Department shares a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas.

In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

The Maryland Turfgrass Council      P.O. Box 389, St. Michaels, MD 21663   Phone: (443) 742-6618       

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