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Groundskeeper - Athletics Maintenance

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University of Tennessee Position Description:


General Description:

This position is primarily responsible for mowing and maintenance, field painting, fertilizer application, and practice/competition set up of all Athletic fields. Position also oversees general landscaping management of all planting beds and grass common areas for all Athletic facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Mowing of all football practice fields to include Neyland Stadium, Tom Black Track, and Sod Farm. Additionally, mower set-up and general mower maintenance is a requirement.
  • Agronomic responsibility:
  • Perform aerification, top-dressing, fertilization, and IPM strategies for all University of Tennessee Athletic fields.
  • Field/Turf Painting:
  • Required to paint the football practice fields, Neyland Stadium, and Tom Black Track for all Intercollegiate Athletic Events and practices.
  • Landscape Management:
  • Maintain all landscape around the University of Tennessee Athletic facilities as well as planting beds and grass maintenance in common areas around the University of Tennessee Athletic facilities.
  • Vehicle and Machine Maintenance:
  • Assist with vehicle maintenance by performing routine daily and weekly inspections as well as repairing any problems that may occur. In addition, perform routine mower maintenance by sharpening reels, blades plus other landscaping mechanical equipment maintenance.

  • Qualifications

    Required Qualifications:


    High school diploma or GED required. Vocational or technical training preferred. Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass Management/Landscape Management preferred.



    Minimum two years of Athletic Field Maintenance and experience in general landscaping (can include part-time, GA, student, or internship positions) required.

    At least a two (2) year degree or 4 years of comparable work experience in Athletic Field Maintenance in college or professional sports is preferred.


  • Knowledge of Athletic Field Maintenance including but not limited to mowing, fertilizing, and field painting.
  • Ability to perform duties independently with minimal supervision but still work with the framework of the team concept.
  • Skills to lead and mentor students in proper field maintenance techniques while performing their job at a high level.
  • Knowledge and skills regarding mowing and landscape design concepts and strategies (preferred).
  • Ability to be a team player who understands how to provide a great athletic playing surface (preferred).
  • Behaviors:

    Demonstrated behavioral expectations include:

  • Unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Flexible to various scheduling to include nights, weekend work and some holidays.
  • Commitment to the Athletics Department and University’s mission.

  • Job: Other Services Jobs
    Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
    Organization: Athletic Plant Maintenance
    Schedule: Full-time
    Job Posting: Apr 2, 2024, 1:35:23 PM


    Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

    UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

    The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

    Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

    As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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