The City of Frederick seeks Sports Turf Crew leader

  • 12 Jun 2018 11:06 AM
    Message # 6305572
    Tyler Eastham (Administrator)

    The City of Frederick, MD
    Office of Human Resources
    101 North Court Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    (301) 600-1388
    (301) 600-1878 FAX

    Job Announcement Title: Sports Turf Crew leader - Full Time
    Salary: Grade 6, $18.4464 per hour
    Department: Park Maintenance
    Announcement #: POS-42-418

    JOB SUMMARYUnder general direction of the Parks Superintendent, leads, trains, schedules, and coordinates work of individual employees and maintenance crews performing a variety of operations projects and general maintenance tasks in park areas specifically related to sports fields and athletic areas.  Main responsibilities are to perform routine and specialized duties primarily related to:  field preparations, turf management, chemical and fertilizer application, irrigation, etc.   The Sports Turf Crew Leader will desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. 

    The jobholder is designated as an “Essential Employee”— meaning s/he is required to work when City office closing is authorized. The designation of “essential” can depend upon the employees’ duties, as well as the circumstances for the closing and generally apply to employees who, by virtue of their job descriptions, provide services which are essential for the health, welfare and safety of the residents and the public in The City of Frederick.


    ·        Provides primary sports turf support to staff and public users as it relates to City athletic fields such as but not limited to:  Baker Park softball fields, Hill Street Park multi-purpose fields, Max Kehne Park, McCurdy Field, Loats Park, Riverwalk Park, and Walnut Ridge Park

    ·        Directs workers in maintenance and repair of turf, athletic fields, chemical treatments, fertilizer application, and other park amenities; and provides on-site supervision performing mowing, landscaping, sanitation, field preparation, seeding, sodding, and other general groundskeeping tasks

    ·        Performs inspections of parks and public facilities and reports unsafe or inadequate conditions to supervisor

    ·        Investigates problems or concerns and takes appropriate action to correct deficiencies

    ·        Responds to questions and concerns from the general public; provides information as is appropriate and resolves complaints

    ·        Provides game and event support to field user groups and City sports leagues as needed

    ·        Assists in the design and construction of sports fields and athletic areas as needed

    ·        Applies pesticides to City-owned properties, such as parks and sports fields and maintains appropriate records in accordance with State and Federal law

    ·        Applies fertilizers to City-owned properties, such as parks and sports fields and maintains appropriate records in accordance with State and Federal law

    ·        Interprets policies to workers and enforces safety regulations

    ·        Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of work crew.  Analyzes and resolves work problems, or assists workers in solving work problems

    ·        Maintains time and production records

    ·        Attends training sessions, compiles information, and trains other employees and/or volunteers on subject matter

    ·        Maintains irrigation systems in accordance with specifications which may include repairs, winter maintenance, controller programming, quality assurance checks, records, etc.

    ·        Is required to operate all standard landscaping tools and equipment to a high degree of proficiency which may occasionally expose the jobholder to high levels of noise and dust

    ·        Compiles and maintains SDS sheets in accordance with HAZCOM Program of City of Frederick and OSHA Standards

    ·        Suggests formula and procedure changes to improve quality of services provided

    ·        Answers inquiries and/or complaints from citizens and internal and external customers regarding methods, materials, products, and price ranges in person, by telephone or email

    ·        Reviews contracts to ascertain service, machine, and work force requirements and schedules work for crews according to weather conditions, availability of equipment, and seasonal limitations

    ·        Compiles reports of personnel, such as absenteeism and labor costs, for management. Provides input from interviewing, hiring, disciplining, and discharging

    ·        Initiates or suggests plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals

    ·        Performs activities of workers supervised

    ·        Participates in new projects, special events, storm clean-up, and other emergencies as needed

    ·        Operates on a regular basis a vehicle observing legal and defensive driving practices

    ·        Obtains pricing and availability of supplies and other necessary materials for different job sites/locations

    ·        During the winter months, the employee in this class may be assigned to perform snow and ice control duties

    ·        Performs other related duties as assigned


    ·        Assists with carrying out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws

    ·        Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; assist with appraising performance, and discipline employees; rewarding employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

    ·        Maintain communication with other employees, supervisors, and the public through timely and effective use of email, phone, or other methods

    ·        Effectively manages own time, quality, and total output to also include that of the employees

    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    ·        Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school plus three (3) years experience in turf management, park maintenance, landscaping, or related field; and a minimum of  two (2) years of which included lead or supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience


    ·        Valid Driver's License in good standing

    ·        State of Maryland Certified Pesticide Applicator's License in the following category: 3C (Turf), or the ability to obtain within one (1) year from the start date of employment as a condition of employment

    ·        State of Maryland Certified Professional Fertilizer Applicator’s License, or the ability to obtain within one (1) year from the start date of employment as a condition of employment

    ·        Ability to obtain a Pesticide Applicator's I.D. within 30 days of employment as a condition of employment


    ·        STMA Certified Sports Field Manager

    ·        Valid CDL License or equivalent

    ·        State of Maryland Roadside Tree Care Expert Certification

    ·        CPR and First Aid Certification


    ·        Horticultural principles and practices including the ability to diagnose insects and diseases of turf

    ·        Turf, cultivation, care, and other aspects of plant propagation, including the use of common insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers

    ·        Sports field and athletic area planning, design, installation and maintenance, including the tools and equipment used

    ·        Federal, state and local laws and standards governing area of responsibility

    ·        Time management methods and techniques

    ·        Computers, software and ability to research using the Internet or the ability to learn

    ·        Integrated Pest Management


    ·        Identify unsafe conditions and take corrective action

    ·        Troubleshoot and assess problems and determine most effective corrective action

    ·        Communicate effectively with others both orally and in writing

    ·        Interact effectively with the general public


    ·        Add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals 

    ·        Compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs and have a basic knowledge of geometry and algebra

    ·        Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and technical reports

    ·        Write routine reports and correspondence

    ·        Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization 

    ·        Use equipment such as chemical sprayer, tractor, mower, verticutter, aerator, sod cutter, truck, weed eater, trailer, roller, power fertilizer spreader

    ·        Prepare and present accurate and reliable reports

    ·        Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

    ·        Follow a management philosophy that is input oriented and values problem solving and development of partnerships

    ·        Work effectively as a member of a team

    ·        Safely operate machinery and equipment and safely perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks related to this position

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    ·        The employee frequently is required to move about on foot to accomplish tasks; remain in a stationary position; use hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.  The employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time and to traverse uneven outdoor areas, performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving one’s whole body to climb, lift, balance, walk, twist, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, handling of materials. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

    ·        This individual must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, including activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, and/or quickly.

    ·        The worker is required to have the visual acuity necessary for normal visual inspection (with or without correction); including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The worker must have the ability to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction and have the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound. The worker is required to listen to and understand information and ideas presented in the English language through spoken word and sentences. This individual must have the ability to recognize there is a problem. The worker is required to identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. This individual must have the ability to coordinate two or more limbs while remaining in a stationary position or standing. 

    WORK ENVIRONMENT/CONDITION:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    ·        Work is normally performed in an outdoor setting with exposure to weather conditions such as extreme heat and cold as well as inclement weather conditions, e.g., rain, snow, ice, etc.

    ·        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts

    ·        The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and airborne particles, toxic and caustic chemicals, vibrations, and insects/wildlife

    ·        The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Applicants use the link below


    Brooke Warburton, PHR
    Human Resources Generalist
    City of Frederick
    City Hall
    101 North Court Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    T: 301-600-1816
    F: 301-600-1878

    Last modified: 12 Jun 2018 11:07 AM | Tyler Eastham (Administrator)

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