The Blair Field Grounds Manager is responsible for the overall upkeep, daily maintenance and repair of Blair Field playing surface, exterior landscape/hardscape, batting cage and equipment maintenance for baseball activities and special events. This position develops and administers operational policies and procedures for grounds keeping, has direct responsibility for intermittent hourly grounds crew, and manages a budget for personnel and operations.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: • Upkeep daily maintenance, repair, and preparation of playing surface for practices, intercollegiate competitions, high school games, and special events; • Exterior landscaping / hardscaping; • Equipment maintenance; • Plan, coordinate, and implement general grounds keeping operational policies and procedures with an emphasis on safety; • Oversee daily administrative operations including but not limited to supply ordering, training and supervising seasonal and yearly employees, coordination of scheduling and payroll and game day staff management; • Other duties as assigned. This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job. LIST OF TASKS OR DUTIES: • Direct and manage all phases of maintenance preventative and corrective, as well as field management for playing field, exterior landscape/hardscape, bullpens and batting cage at an NCAA Division I Baseball standard; • Recommend, design, implement and oversee daily, weekly and year-long maintenance plans, programs and procedures; • Coordinate and oversee all playing field maintenance including but not limited to: mowing, aerating, verticutting, topdressing, edging, fertilizer and pesticide application, sod replacement and over seeding. • Maintain all clay areas including: infield skin, mounds, bullpens, home plate and warning track; • Maintain the irrigation system - replace sprinkler heads, adjust distribution and inspect moisture content; • Maintain exterior landscape and hardscape including exterior grass areas, concourse and overall ballpark landscape; • Operate equipment in a safe manner and keep in excellent working condition by directing the preventative maintenance schedule for all equipment and keep records of all maintenance and repairs; • Oversee organization and upkeep of equipment garage and storage areas; • Oversee tarp handling and monitor inclement weather situations to ensure playability and player safety; • Maintain and enforce all company policies and procedures concerning safety; • Facilitate the set-up and breakdown of batting practice equipment including batting cage, screens and turf mats; • Prepare the playing field a high quality and efficient manner for practice, high school games, collegiate games and special events by maintaining proper infield maintenance, included but not limited to: good moisture management, proper nail dragging techniques and timing, keeping a level surface with nice smooth transition edges from turf to dirt, no lips, chalking base paths, painting lines and logos, rebuilding of the mound and bullpens and marking coaches boxes. Manage post-game field and turf maintenance as necessary; • Make proper adjustments for different weather conditions time of year. In /out of season. events. etc.; • Make recommendations to Head Baseball Coach regarding field prep needs, timelines, adjustments, etc.; • Prepare for and perform off-season field maintenance based on the needs of the field, budgetary and time restraints and seasonal factors; • Supervise, plan, direct and coordinate yearly and seasonal employees - assign work activities. projects and programs, monitor workflow, inspect work product of employees to ensure accuracy and timeliness, identify and resolve challenges; • Select, train, motivate and evaluate staff; • Assign and direct work; • Address complaints and resolve problems; • Uphold proper resource allocation including staffing, equipment, and materials; • Develop and adhere to an annual budget for materials and supplies, staffing, field work and turning in an annual request for capital improvements. Make recommendations regarding the budget and implement adjustments as necessary to meet operating expense budget objectives; • Monitor staff hours and maintain season and yearly employee payroll; • Attend bi-weekly meetings with upper management and update staff members on field conditions; • Coordinate with coaching staff regarding field management planning; • Maintain a clean and organized garage;• Maintain a positive relationship with vendors, subcontractors, local golf courses and fields, Long Beach State Athletics Staff and City of Long Beach employees; • As necessary, act as a liaison between the facility and clients ensuring all clients' requirements are met and facility rules, regulations and policies are adhered to. Ensure clients maintain the playing field and exterior areas to Blair Field standards; • Provide recommendations and indirect management of campus Athletics field facilities and staff. EDUCATION, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: • Minimum of two years’ experience as lead Field/Turf Manager, or equivalent in comparable climate at a minor league or college level or equivalent such as golf course; • Bachelor’s Degree: or combination of education and years of experience. Additional skills, knowledge, and experience requirements listed below; • Must demonstrate clear desire to develop a career in sports turf management; • Must show pride in all aspects of Blair Field including the playing surface, exterior landscape and hardscape, batting cages, bullpens, equipment garages and storage areas; • Skilled in all technical areas of baseball field maintenance. including the use of specialized turf equipment, mowing skills, mound and plate repair and turf grass replacement; • Ability to be hands on, get out in the trenches and lead by example to staff; • Ability to manage and lead others. train/teach. delegate responsibilities and ensure that staff members meet expectations and comply with organizational policies and behavior; • Successful history of fiscal management and responsibility; • Advanced knowledge of groundskeeping and field maintenance operations; • Extensive knowledge of the science of turf grass maintenance; • Ability to develop and implement daily and year-long maintenance programs. Understanding what work is needed/wanted, why that works is necessary and how it impacts schedule/costs; • Demonstrated knowledge of resource allocation including staffing. equipment and materials; • Knowledge of fertilizers, fungicide and pest control programs; • Extensive knowledge of Big West and NCAA rules and regulations for playing field specifications; • Knowledge of playing field layout. irrigation systems. field construction and repairs; • Knowledge of Soil and soil conditioning; • Understand industry terminology and best practices; • Strong organizational and time management skills - demonstrated ability to carry out tasks in a reliable, productive and expedient manner and be able to adhere to strict guidelines. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects; • Ability to maintain landscape and hardscape. Must be able to accept constructive criticism, prioritize workload, be professional and dependable, interact positively with others and possess a friendly and outgoing personality. Regular, punctual attendance required. This position is employed through the CSULB Research Foundation. Employment is at-will.
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COMPENSATION: $2,686.67 per pay period (24 pays per year)
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