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Turf Grass Specialist
Williamson County Parks & Recreation Turf Grass Specialist
Job Summary:
Provides maintenance and care for all athletic playing fields (including synthetic) operated by Williamson County Parks & Recreation ensuring quality and safe playing surfaces for athletes and visually appealing surfaces for spectators.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Contacts vendors to purchase chemicals and replacement parts for machinery; ensures purchases do not exceed the allocated quarterly purchase order per vendor.
2. Runs irrigation control tests to inspect areas for dry areas or overwatering; adjust controller start times and zone run times.
3. Maintains records of proper MSDS sheets and catalogues chemicals with proper labeling; maintains spill-handling procedures.
4. Responsible for recommending equipment and supplies for field maintenance.
5. Maintains detailed records of financial expenditures, inventory and records pertaining to applications of fertilizers and plant protectants.
6. Communicates with supervisor in regards to daily maintenance and future maintenance needs; assists in documenting upcoming events on fields so maintenance does not interfere.
7. Conducts field inspections to check turf conditions in areas of operation; records soil moisture content and periodically collects samples of soil to check PH levels as needed.
8. Loads and transports equipment as well as chemicals needed to ensure fields grow on time; obtains written documentation for the transportation of chemicals.
9. Performs routine maintenance of field equipment such as replacing broken and repairable parts, cleaning equipment weekly and maintaining the proper fluids in all equipment and vehicles.
10. Aeration and top dress athletic fields tractor/equipment to maintain proper compaction of the soil.
11. Interviews, hires, and trains all field maintenance personnel. 12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Oversees 2+ employees
Position: Turf Grass Specialist
Organization: Williamson County Parks and Recreation
Location: Franklin,  TN 
United States
Posting Start Date: 1/9/2023
Date Posted: 1/9/2023
Requirements Examples of Knowledge and Skills Required: 
  • Knowledge of the different variations of weeds and how to stop their growth
  • Basic knowledge of the processes and techniques used to collect soil data; knowledge of irrigation
  • Ability to drive a truck while pulling a trailer
  •  Knowledge of chemicals and the risks and hazards associated with them
  • Ability to read and adjust sprayer using a mathematical formula based on ground speed and fluid output
  • Ability to operate large equipment such as a skid steer, tractor, and a zero turn lawn mower
  • Knowledge of various kinds of sports fields and how to properly set them up for a game
  •  Ability to prioritize tasks and complete them with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of staffing and personnel selection
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Education and/or
  • Bachelor’s degree in Turf Grass Management (or related field) from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience as a Sports Field Manager is preferred.
  • Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) is preferred.
Certificates or Licenses Required:
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s license issued by the State of Tennessee and proof of insurability
  • Tennessee Pesticide Applicators License Category 3 (CO3)
Physical Demands:
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 may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands or arms, talk or hear. Occasionally, an employee may need to sit, climb or balance, stop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Employee will occasionally be lifting up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are performed in an outdoor work environment with very loud noise. An employee may be exposed to temperature extremes. An employee must be able to operate and maintain heavy machinery which includes maintaining the vehicles chemicals. While spreading sand, an employee will be exposed to airborne particles. While treating grass and fields the employee will come in contact with different chemicals. The intent of this job description is to characterize the typical tasks performed by individuals in this position and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements and duties. Other tasks may be assigned at the discretion of management including work in other functional areas.

All Employees must have legal authorization to work in the United States.
Status: This listing expires on: 2/8/2023
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Organization Information
Williamson County Parks and Recreation
1320 West Main Street

Franklin,  TN 37064
United States