Athletics Turf Manager

  • Full Time
  • Ames, Iowa
  • $ 46,350-52,000

The ISU Athletics Department is accepting applications for a Turf and Field Management Specialist II. This position will assist the team in combining science and training to maintain optimum playing surfaces, surrounding turf areas, and the common grounds for the Athletics Department. This position will initially service the Cyclone Sports Complex (CSC which is home to Soccer, Softball, Cross Country Course and Track and Field), but field assignments are subject to change.

  • Analyzes, develops operational strategies, executes and maintains natural and synthetic field surfaces and set-up for competitions.
  • Determines proper species and cultivars of grass, mowing height, timing of top dressing and aeration, fertilization and weed management, and irrigation needs.
  • Assesses turf quality and performs regular maintenance and seasonal upkeep.
  • Prepares or oversees fields/grounds for competitions by laying out and painting field stripes, logos, markings, signage, etc. according to regulations for each sport.
  • Maintains surrounding grounds via landscaping, mowing, snow removal, etc.
  • Supervises the access and use of the areas while maintaining optimum playing conditions.
  • Assists in coordinating grounds and equipment maintenance schedules, developing procedures, and recommending products.
  • Regularly assesses weather conditions, renders advice or opinions, handles conversion and protection of athletic fields during special events.
  • Builds and manages internal and external business relationships.
  • Responsible for commitment to compliance with NCAA, conference, university, and department regulations and processes.

The successful candidate will have sound knowledge of turf management principles including experience with a variety of sport playing surfaces; an understanding of governing requirements for field layouts and markings; the ability to problem solve and communicate effectively with others. Requires the ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions; regular walking, pushing, bending and pulling; and the ability work non-traditional hours based on weather conditions and to work at assigned events. Finalists will be expected to obtain and maintain an Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicator License.

Level Guidelines:
Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in related field (horticulture, turf management, agronomy, etc).
  • Experience with cool season sand based and native soil fields for collegiate or professional sports.
  • Experience working with irrigation systems; troubleshooting, repairs, and backflow preventers.
  • Experience with maintenance on baseball or softball infield skin as well as clay areas.
  • Experience laying out and painting field stripes/logos/markings associated with soccer and/or softball/baseball regulations.
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicator license.

Application Instructions:

To view full job details and to apply visit the Workday application link provided. All applications must be submitted on-line in Workday by 10/29/23 to guarantee consideration.


Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Email eooffice@iastate.edu.

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