Turf Manager, Fs Landscape Services

Knoxville, TN
May 11, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Turf Manager

Regular Full-time, MR10

The Facilities Services Department is responsible for the maintenance and operations of all campus facilities which includes buildings, grounds, and utility systems.  The Turf Manager is responsible for supervising crew foremen and staff associated with care and health of campus bermuda grass event lawns, fescue turf lawns, landscape irrigation, and equipment maintenance operations.  This position monitors campus, directs crews, and schedules maintenance/major repairs, and coordinates/manages employees during special events and emergencies. The Turf Manager collaborates with other groups in Facilities Services and departments within the UTK and UT systems to meet their project needs.


Manages employees/monitor campus grounds including but not limited to:

-Assign daily tasks, long term goals and objectives

-Hiring and employee disciplinary action

-Review employee performance

-Helps create and implements training programs

-Daily evaluation of campus landscape for issues

-Daily evaluation of campus grounds for safety and accessibility issues

-Works with various campus departments to meet there needs


Turf management including but not limited to:

- Create and implement a turf care plan for lawns across campus

     -Soil fertility

     -Water management

     -Disease management plan

     -Weed management plan

     -Cultural practices and schedule

-Monitor turf areas for nutrient deficiency, water needs, compaction issues, weed issues, insect issues and pathogen problems

-Schedule in house turf renovation projects

-Hire/manage contractors to perform larger turf renovation projects


Perform office duties including but not limited to:

-Review/assign work requests

-Review employee leave requests

-Create/approve/submit purchase documents and invoices

-Respond to e-mails and phone calls from UTK departments and campus users

-Maintain equipment inventory

-Meet/collaborate with other Facilities Services employees and departments


Project management/review including but not limited to:

-Helps updates campus landscape site standards

-Reviewing capital project drawings and collaborate revisions before bid processing

-Meet with architects and project managers throughout the design and building process

-Review final product and help create a punch list

Miscellaneous tasks including but not limited to:

-Monitor equipment repair shop production and implement changes to increase production

-Monitor campus central control irrigation system

-Maintain spray records for Landscape Services

-Help manage snow/storm clean up

-Help manage Landscape Services employees during football game day/clean up

Required Qualifications:

    High School diploma or equivalent; Bachelor in Horticulture, Plant & Soil Sciences, or related field is preferred or Bachelor’s degree and 2 yrs. of supervisory experience in turf management or, Associate Degree and 4yrs. of turf management experience (2 yrs must be supervisory)6+ years turf management experience (2yrs must be supervisory)Tennessee state pesticide applicator certification or ability to obtain in 6 months from hireValid Tennessee Driver’s License Applicant must have a positive attitude, interact well with others in a team environment and follow university and departmental policies.Ability to hold team accountable for policies and procedures established by UTK and the Facilities Services Department and enforce them by coaching and apply disciplinary procedures as neededKnowledge and experience with turf pest/disease/nutrient deficiency diagnosisKnowledge and hands-on experience with pesticide and fertilization application practicesAbility to lead others by empowering a teamwork mentalityAbility to assess crew members' strengths/weaknesses and coach team members toward improving performanceAbility to problem solve and find solutions to unforeseen issues.  Ability to work with in UT Facilities Services management computer software.

Job: Other Services Jobs
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Fs Landscape Svcs & Facility Spt
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 7, 2021, 11:20:23 AM

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