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Turf Grass Manager - Athletics

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Facilities Management


The department of Athletics at West Virginia Univesity is currently accepting applications for a Turf Grass Manager.

About the Opportunity

Under the direction of the Supervisor, this position will provide leadership for the care and maintenance of all the outdoor athletic fields (natural and artificial sport surfaces and grounds) for practice and competition operated by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at West Virginia University. The position will serve as the primary individual for all athletic turf field maintenance supervising up to three staff members trades workers and, as needed, providing direction to others on the Athletic Maintenance Staff. This position will work with the supervisor to determine staffing needs and hiring, training and supervising turf maintenance staff. The position will also perform skilled landscape construction duties including the repair and construction of athletic fields, irrigation systems, drainage systems, walkways, etc. The position will operate all equipment owned or rented by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to perform duties. Represent Supervisor as required. The position will use expertise to assess field and weather conditions and provide highest quality playing surfaces as well as determine proper species and cultivars of grass, mowing height, timing of top dressing and aeration, timing of line painting, and assess the use of playing surfaces. This position will coordinate grounds and equipment maintenance schedules, assist in developing policies, and recommend policies and procedures.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:

  • 37.5-hour work week
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 15 annual leave (vacation) days per year (or more depending on years of service)
  • 18 sick days per year(for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • WVU offers a range ofhealth insurance and other benefits(this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking formore retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
  • Wellness programs

What You'll Do

  • Function as a team leader, providing guidance to Landscape Construction Workers, journeyman, trades workers, and other support staff. Follow procedures and makes work assignments to those individuals assigned to a crew to ensure work is completed in a timely fashion, ensuring proper quantity and quality. Inspects completed assignments of journeymen landscape workers, craft workers and helpers to ensure quality control. Ensure proper safety procedures are used while performing job duties.
  • Coordinate all athletic field maintenance and the work of field maintenance staff/trades workers. Assign and delegate work/duties to field maintenance workers, ensuring all work is completed as required to ensure safe, Division I level quality competition and practice natural and artificial grass fields.
  • Receive work orders. Interface with Supervisor, Managers, and requesting party to finalize project needs and scope. Develop and oversee Assist supervisor with multi-craft projects related to overall work assignments. Communicate work schedules and goals to employees and customer, creating efficiency and a timely completion of assigned tasks.
  • Provide continual inspection of assigned areas to ensure maintenance is completed on schedule; recommend to the Supervisor major repair needs; assist unit supervisor in updating deferred maintenance. Consults with contracted Turf Consultant as needed to formulate short and long-term plans.
  • Read and review documents for new and existing projects for repair or construction associated with specific job duties and expertise. Develop as-built sketches of completed projects.
  • Maintain knowledge of state, federal, and local codes and requirements pertaining to maintenance. Individual will attend project meetings and interact with contractors, vendors, and engineers as needed.
  • Recommend to the Supervisor the needs of the project in regard to crew size, types of crafts, material availability, equipment, paperwork, safety checks to maintain proper work and material flow in order to maintain schedule.
  • Provide daily reports as needed on actual progress versus projected progress to Supervisor. Maintain the original scope of project to ensure project cost control. Inform supervisor of needed discipline and performance problems. Ensure that work group processes all work requests, material requisitions, weekly reports,and invoices necessary to complete assignments according to Athletic Facilities operations.
  • Estimate material needed and associated costs. Assist Supervisor in disciplinary action.
  • Represent Supervisor as requested. Determine and inventory work tools of crews. Assist in interviewing of candidates. Assist in the detailed design of projects. Respond when called during off hours to cover emergency situations.
  • Operate computers utilizing various software programs such as: maintenance management programs involving
  • work orders and materials accountability, building support systems and other systems as necessary.
  • Operate and maintain equipment such as payloaders, backhoes, forklift, landscape equipment, skid loaders.
  • Operate and maintain tractors, lawn maintenance equipment, power tools needed to perform landscape construction and maintenance.
  • Perform landscaping tasks including the planting of trees, ornamental shrubs, seed, slices lawns, aerates, fertilizes and applies soil amendments using tractors and power equipment. Follow verbal or written instructions and interprets blueprints that pertain to landscape construction.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, steps, roads, and parking lots by means of trucks, tractors, power brooms, and hand tools.
  • Respond to emergency situations on all occasions and must be available for telephone contact during all emergency and unsafe environmental conditions.
  • Perform minor repairs on all equipment as needed. Complete service and maintenance on equipment and trucks such as greasing, oil changes, etc. Assist the mechanics with major repairs.

Pay Grade: 15

  • Associates program of up to 18 months beyond high school and or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience in general construction or landscape construction (experience with heavy equipment operation, equipment maintenance and experience as a supervisor preferred).
  • Maintain high standard of ethics and integrity related to intercollegiate athletics.
  • Knowledge of NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.
  • Strong working knowledge of NCAA and conference rules, regulations, policies and guidelines and the ability to apply those rules.
  • Ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate heavy construction equipment and grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to lift, bend, stoop, walk, reach and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate equipment over rough terrain for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring frequent and prolonged exposure to dust, fumes, chemicals, moving parts, noise, and/or extreme outdoor weather conditions or extreme variations of indoor temperatures.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and equipment with a standard transmission.
  • Maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrical systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain proper attendance and punctuality standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret drawings, blueprints, specifications, and related regulatory codes and requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to construct wooden structures.
  • Demonstrated ability to short grade with transit.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform skilled landscape tasks.
  • Demonstrate ability to operate a personal computer.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead work groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate all types of grounds equipment.
  • Ability to read blueprints.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer.
  • Knowledge of warehousing functions.
  • Ability to climb heights over ten feet.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions.
  • Ability to work with people in a stressful environment.
  • Ability to have excellent eye to hand coordination.
  • Ability to hear and interpret sounds in work area and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to lift materials over 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in extreme hot or cold weather conditions.
  • Ability to use logical problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to communicate well utilizing both written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to work in uncomfortable positions as may be required by job assignments.
  • Ability to work with multi-craft personnel.
  • Ability to carry heavy (50-75 pounds) or awkward objects.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, crawl, etc. over rough or slippery surfaces.
  • Ability to wear a respirator.


  • Valid driver's license.
  • Certificate from an accredited Turfgrass Management Program.
  • Pesticide Spraying License.
  • Heavy lifting, bending, walking, standing, carrying, climbing stairs, digging.

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Job Posting: Nov 23, 2021

Posting Classification: Classified

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes
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