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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is seeking a Turf Management Specialist for The Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. This position will have the responsibility to keep all fields up to expected standards as well as build relationships with vendors to repairs any areas of the Rutgers Football Training Complex as needed. The Turf Management Specialist will work on both natural grass football training fields as well as the artificial infill turf practice training field and other surrounding landscape. Among the key duties of this position are the following: • Plans, manages and oversees the practice football training complex to be the best maintained fields for the student athletes, coaching staff and support staff. • Develops and manages the turf budgets for the outdoor fields/complex and initiates expenditures, prepares work assignments and estimates materials needed for projects. • Assists with preparing proposals for capital project needs, develops assessment program for athletic fields, facilities and grounds. • Analyzes the budget to prioritize renovations and improvements and researches the most effective methods and trends to assist Rutgers to sustain a competitive advantage. • Supervises full time and part time grounds staff which includes an operations area manager as well as seven grounds workers for practices/game day pre, during and post event in the outdoor sports facilities. • Coordinates maintenance activities to ensure all field requirements and schedules are being met. • Analyzes conditions, anticipates and solves problems to synthetic turf fields by repairing and identifying any field areas that need attention including contacting outside vendors for turf repairs as needed. • Maintains and updates comprehensive records of IPM practices, sub drainage, irrigation, aeration, seeding, soil profile test results, fertilizer and pesticide applications, and other practices. • Develops recommendations, and implements preventive and corrective action plans for weed, insect or disease issues in accordance with appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures. • Operates a variety of grounds keeping equipment (e.g. mowers, tractors, dump trucks, bobcats, infield groomer, snow blowers, spray and spreading equipment, and other implements and devices). • Manages Irrigation System – Operates, monitors/audits, inspects, and assists with repairing the irrigation systems and components for the purpose of ensuring proper irrigation of athletic fields and grounds. • Maintains professional knowledge in the sports turf management field by attending conferences and workshops, participates in Plant Biology outreach and research in teaching courses and educational activities, reading professional journals, etc. • Other duties and task as assigned.
• Requires a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Plant Biology, Turf Management, Horticulture or related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of maintaining sports turf fields and/or golf courses. • Also requires two years of relevant experience in related field.
• New Jersey DEP Commercial Pesticide Applicator certification/license (minimum of categories 3A and 3B), or can obtain within one year of starting the position. • New Jersey Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certification/license, or can obtain within one year of starting the position. • Experience operating grounds and turf maintenance equipment . • Knowledge of turf grasses and various plants and shrubs.
• Preferred coursework in sports management.
• Must have the ability to use Rutgers Connect software for email communication, planning and record keeping on computers and similar devices. • Must use computer and similar devices for monitoring weather conditions and forecasts. • Must have the ability to program satellite controllers to manage irrigation systems on athletic fields and grounds.
The Rutgers Division of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 24 intercollegiate sports, comprised of 14 women’s and 10 men’s programs, that compete at the Division I level. The Scarlet Knights are members of the prestigious Big Ten Conference, the nation’s premier academic and athletic conference, after officially joining the league on July 1, 2014. Known as “The Birthplace of College Football, Rutg...ers hosted Princeton on Nov. 6, 1869 in the first intercollegiate football game, with RU earning a 6-4 victory.