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Sports Field Technician

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC

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Institution Type
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Job Details

Requisition Number:


Position Number:


Position Classification Title:

Horticultural Specialist

Functional Title:

Sports Field Technician

Position Type:


University Information:

Located in North Carolina’s third largest city, UNC Greensboro is among the most diverse, learner-centered public research universities in the state, with nearly 18,000 students in eight colleges and schools pursuing more than 150 areas of undergraduate and over 200 areas of graduate study. UNCG continues to be recognized nationally for academic excellence, access, and affordability. UNCG is ranked No. 1 most affordable institution in North Carolina for net cost by the N.Y. Times and No. 1 in North Carolina for social mobility by The Wall Street Journal — helping first-generation and lower-income students find paths to prosperity. Designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, UNCG is a community-engaged research institution with a portfolio of more than $67M in research and creative activity. The University’s 1,100 faculty and 1,700 staff help create an annual economic impact for the Piedmont Triad region in excess of $1B.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Grounds section of Facilities Operations at UNCG is a service organization comprised of skilled professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality in grounds planning, installation, landscape maintenance, and improvements. The primary functions of Grounds are to enhance the livability, aesthetics, and safety of the campus environment. Grounds management is provided to 266 acres including intramural and intercollegiate athletic sports complexes, sports fields, landscape maintenance, integrated turf pest management, and the tree management program.

Position Summary:

To provide high quality Division 1 service and maintenance to the sports fields of UNC Greensboro. Position will be responsible for the maintenance, repair, and game day preparation of sports fields, including clay management, turf management, field marking and general landscape maintenance on the Athletics facilities on the campus of UNC Greensboro. Primary duties and responsibilities consist of the following:
45% – Sports field management
25% – Landscape maintenance
15% – Equipment Management and Safety Management
10% – Communications / Customer Service
5% – Records Management

Minimum Qualifications:

High school or General Educational Development diploma and two years of progressive experience in horticultural work; or associate’s degree in agriculture and natural resources, greenhouse and grounds
maintenance, horticulture technology, landscape gardening or closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Working knowledge of the maintenance of sports fields; the seeding, sodding and maintenance practices for sports field turf grass; the planting, cultivating, pruning, and caring for plants, shrubs and trees; the characteristics and proper use of various fertilizers and soil conditioners, herbicides and pest control methods and materials; drainage control methods; and irrigation system, including wells, pumps and automatic controls.
• High level of understanding of the NCAA requirements for field layouts and markings
• Pesticide license preferred

Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are required to upload a list of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  1. Name,
  2. Company Name,
  3. Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic, or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  4. Email Address
  5. Contact Phone Number

Recruitment Range:

$34,484 - $35,864

Org #-Department:

Grounds - 56405

Work Hours of Position:

6:00am-2:30pm, M-F; may occasionally vary due to overtime/game schedules

Number of Months per Year:


Job Family:

Natural Resources & Scientific

Career Banded Title:

Horticultural Specialist

Open Date:


Close Date:






Key Responsibility:

Sports Field Management

Essential Tasks:

  • Prepare game fields for practices and games inncluding but not limited to: Mound/plate repair, dragging and raking infield clay surfaces, watering infield clay, chalk/paint foul lines, maintain bullpens, lay out and paint lines and logos on fields.

Key Responsibility:

Landscape Maintenance

Essential Tasks:

  • Mow, edge, weed-eat, blow athletic fields and surrounding complexes.
  • Apply granular and liquid fertilizers and other material as directed.
  • Weed control as needed in assigned areas.
  • Mulch assigned areas as needed.

Key Responsibility:

Equipment Management and Safety

Essential Tasks:

  • Operate all assigned equipment and tools properly and with care.
  • Wash equipment and tools as necessary and store in proper location.
  • Ensure all equipment is operating correctly and communicate malfunctions to supervisor or mechanic.
  • Wear all proper PPE as required by OSHA and UNC Greensboro.

Key Responsibility:

Communications/Customer Service

Essential Tasks:

  • Communicate with supervisor, co-workers, coaches and other Athletics staff to ensure duties, needs and approved requests are met in a timely manner.

Key Responsibility:

Records Management

Essential Tasks:

  • Record all pesticide/herbicide/fungicide usage in log book provided.
  • Keep accurate inventory of field materials and tools.


Knowledge - Technical

Competency Description:

  • Working knowledge of plant maintenance procedures used in landscape installation and grounds maintenance.
  • Ability to observe plants and identify plants and plant problems, assess condition and health of plants.
  • Ability to respond to standard problems, and assist or make recommendations for solutions to non-standard problems.
  • Ability to perform a variety of routine and nonrecurring tasks.
  • Ability to determine appropriate tools, equipment and vehicles.
  • Ability to administer safe application of various chemicals and nutrient supplements and the use of equipment to perform the tasks.
  • Working knowledge of the different species in the geographical area to which assigned, as well as an understanding of common diseases, nutritional issues and pests that pose a threat to the trees’ health.
  • Ability to perform tasks using applied horticultural practices and a variety of tools and equipment.

Competency Level:



Coordination - Work

Competency Description:

  • Ability to observe and diagnose structural and horticultural problems.
  • Ability to maintain a unique and unusual collection of plants, impacting the cultivation and maintenance of the plants.
  • Ability to organize a work schedule, determine priorities.
  • Ability to maintain required records.

Competency Level:



Data Collection

Competency Description:

  • Ability to maintain accurate records, track plant health, application dates and rates, and cycles of preventative maintenance

Competency Level:




Competency Description:

  • Ability to answer a variety of questions from the public and others regarding plant collection; promote knowledge and understanding of the unique plant collection.
  • Ability to effectively use verbal and nonverbal skills to express non-routine technical matters and related facts in a clear, concise, organized and persuasive manner.

Competency Level:


Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - O, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - O, Reading - O, Writing - R, Eye-hand coordination - F, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - F, Vision-Visual inspection - F, Vision-Measuring/Assembling at distance close to eye - F, Hearing - F, Talking - F, Standing - F, Sitting - O, Walking - F, Lifting-0-30 lbs. - O, Pushing/Pulling - O, Climbing-Stairs - O, Bending - O, Squatting - O, Reaching - O

Work Environment:

Driving - Car/Truck - O, Location - Trees - C, Night/Dark - O, Extreme noise levels - R, Extreme temperatures - R, Inside - R, Outside - C, Acidic Harsh or Oily Substances - R, Overtime - R


UNCG at a Glance

Founded in 1891, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse state university in the Piedmont Triad. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make. 

With more than 19,400 students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad and has an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion. The campus has grown to include 30 residence halls and 30 academic buildings on 210 acres.

UNCG takes pride in being a learner-centered public research university. The College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 79 undergraduate majors, 65 master's programs and 30 doctoral programs.

The university holds two classifications from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as a “research university with high research activity” and for “community engagement” in curriculum, outreach and partnerships. More than $35 million in grants and contracts for research and creative activity are awarded to faculty members annually. Among the most prominent of UNCG's research initiatives are the Gateway University Research Park and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Both are partnerships with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Globalization of the curriculum has expanded opportunities for international education, through new programs such as the UNC Exchange Program and the Lloyd International Honors College. In addition, innovative signature programs such as Building Entrepreneurial Learning for Life (BELL), Communication Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research and Freshman Seminars enhance the student experience.

As a cultural leader, UNCG offers concerts, lectures, dance and theater performances, exhibitions at the internationally known Weatherspoon Art Museum and readings by nationally known authors. In athletics, Spartan teams compete in nine women's and nine men's sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. With ethnic minority students making up 26 percent of the student body, UNCG is the most diverse of the UNC system's historically white campuses.

Although much has changed, some things remain the same. The university motto — “Service” — continues to be a guiding principle put into practice through all aspects of university life.

UNCG Schools and College of Arts & Sciences

The University's Academic Affairs Division consists of seven academic schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School and the Lloyd International Honors College. The names below are the ones currently in use. In some cases, the names have changed since the academic units were founded. The schools and their dates of establishment are: Graduate School 1921-22;College of Arts & Sciences 1969, Lloyd International Honors College 2005, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering 2007, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics 1969, School of Education 1921, School of Health and Human Sciences 2011, School of Music, Theatre and Dance 2010, and School of Nursing 1966.

Achievements & Accolades

UNCG is garnering national attention and awards for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and engaged community. Take a look at some of our latest accomplishments and meaningful contributions on campus, in the community and around the globe. Curious about more accolades, achievements, our student body, faculty and staff excellence and other signs of our success? Find out more at UNCG Now:

Challenging Academic Programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the 2015 list of Best Online Programs.

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from

The graduate program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies has earned a Top 10 ranking by the The HDFS Report.

Supportive Environment

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

UNCG is ranked among the best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that guides students through the college selection process.

The Education Trust singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

Engaged Community

For the fifth year in a row, UNCG has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation for promoting healthy trees and encouraging the spirit of conservation. 

UNCG’s innovative dynamic mailbox system has been honored as one of University Business Magazine’s Models of Efficiency.

For the eighth consecutive year, UNCG is highlighted on Washington Monthly’s list of American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Careers at UNCG

UNCG is committed to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive university by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse community of talented individuals in support of the university's mission.

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