Sports Turf Specialist I

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 751400 - Campus Landscape
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

This position is responsible for the maintenance and operation of all Mississippi State University athletic fields and grounds areas.

Salary Grade:  12

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Performs all aspects of the establishment, maintenance, and repair of standard and specialized turf areas, which may includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution.
2. Assists in the preparation and maintenance of all fields for practices, events, and games. Includes prep dirt work, lines, turf management, watering, chemical application, fertilizer application, etc.
3. Responsible for assisting in scheduling and routing of personnel and equipment to accomplish the work in support of the University’s outdoor athletic facilities and fields.
4. Responsible for inspecting and testing the fields and related areas to evaluate how well management standards are being achieved and to make changes in management programs to ensure quality athletic fields for practice and competition.
5. Responsible for assisting in planning project work for athletic fields and common areas by applying agronomic and administrative expertise to achieve maintenance standards and long-range goals.
6. Performs related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility
May be responsible for training, assisting or assigning tasks to student workers.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's degree in Turf Grass Management, Agronomy, Golf and Sports Management or related discipline.

Experience: 2 years Sports Turf and Grounds experience

An equivalent combination of related education and related experience may be considered for
this position.


Preferred Qualifications:

1. Restricted Pesticide Certification.
2. Previous experience in an internship directly related to the duties listed above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of Toro Monitor II hydraulic irrigation systems
2. Knowledge of turf grasses related to the area.
3. Working knowledge of restricted use chemical application.
4. Knowledge of standards for intercollegiate athletic fields (Division 1-A quality).
5. Ability to exercise tact and discretion with coaches and the public, including reasonable
standards of appearance.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures,
dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
2. Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or
pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
3. Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require
following basic safety precautions

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online at and complete a support staff application.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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