Athletic Field Specialist I
Hourly $19.05 $28.57
Annually $39,615.45 $59,423.70
OPENING DATE: 04/17/17
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
POSITION SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to prepare and maintain athletic fields and related facilities for league and tournament play and to work various special events in a support capacity. The City of Farmers Branch will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come, first serve basis. As soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice after a three business day minimum posting.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Performs athletic field preparation and maintenance activities, determines size and layout of various fields, mows, trims, and addresses weed issues to ensure proper playability. Inspects field lights, scoreboards, and irrigation systems making needed repairs and/or reporting details to supervisor. Manicures base paths and infield arcs to provide safe transition areas between clay and turf, sods damaged areas, and installs/removes soccer goals as needed. Utilizes a weekly schedule to guide activities on softball, baseball, soccer, football, and other fields as directed. Performs grounds maintenance activities utilizing various pieces of light to heavy equipment to perform routine and indepth maintenance projects related to athletic fields, common areas, and rightsof-way. Cuts lines in turf, paints fields, topdresses, fertilizes, overseeds fields, applies pesticides as needed, utilizes various pieces of specialized equipment to perform a variety of tasks, and inspects fields in accordance with a maintenance program. Conducts safety inspections on all athletic facilities, buildings, restrooms, and equipment, making repairs and/or reporting details to supervisor. Provides litter control and cleans restrooms frequently. Provides support for special events and fulfills and additional duties as assigned. May require frequent overtime in support of special events and athletic tournaments.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Work requires knowledge necessary to understand basic operational, technical, or office processes. Level of knowledge equivalent to four years of high school or equivalent. Over one year experience (3 years preferred) directly related athletic field maintenance is required. Licenses and Certificates Valid Class "C" driver's license with a good driving record and ability to maintain while employed. Special Requirements Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, weekends and holidays, as needed, to support numerous athletic tournaments and special events. Subject to "oncall/standby" duty. As a condition of passing a six month probationary period, the applicant must acquire and maintain a valid Class "B" Commercial Driver License (CDL) within six months of hire; and, a Class "B" commercial driver's license within six months of hire; and, TDA Non-commercial pesticide applicator license within six months of hire. The process includes applying for and successfully passing the General and Laws and Regulations exam, and the 3A Landscape Maintenance category exam Upon successful completion of probation, additional support and encouragement will be given toward achieving the Certified Professional Turf Manager (CPTM) certification from the Texas Turfgrass Association.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Work is generally directed by the Athletic Field Specialist II, but requires the occasional direction of helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, or temporary employees. In the absence of the Athletic Field Specialist II, this position serves as a working supervisor and leads the Athletic Field Crew. In this position, the Athletic Field Specialist I may be responsible for daily and/or tournament operations including communicating clearly with coworkers, other City staff, and/or tournament officials. The ability to verbally communicate clearly in English is essential. Work requires regular interaction involving exchange and receipt of information and receives immediate direction. This position normally performs the duty assignment after receiving detailed instructions as to methods, procedures, and desired end results with little room for deviation. The immediate supervisor may, at times, provide close and constant review. Advanced work requires advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs and/or processes organization wide. Independent judgement and decision making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively. Intermediate ability to read papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, and dictionaries. Intermediate ability to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Basic ability to write simple sentences containing subject, verb, and object, and/or a series of numbers, names, and addresses. Working Conditions: Work involves extreme exposure to disagreeable elements; noise and smoke fumes. Involves continuous outdoor work with frequent exposure to poor weather conditions; heat, cold, rain, wind, etc. Continuous physical exertion including frequent lifting of heavy objects weighing 50 lbs. and requiring heavy muscular effort with resulting fatigue in arms, legs, back, and/or sensory faculties.
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