Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W0008 / Athletic Field Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Performs routine to complex maintenance, preparation, and construction of athletic fields in accordance with defined work guidelines, operating standards, and specific instructions. Sets up fields for special events, maintains irrigation systems, and maintains inventories of field maintenance and preparation supplies. Operates both independently and as a member of an athletic field maintenance team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participates in field maintenance and construction projects, to include mowing, trimming, re-sodding and re-grading, irrigation installation, aerating, and topdressing of athletic fields.
  2. Sets up game and practice fields for special events; performs painting, gameday field preparation, and field equipment placement as appropriate.
  3. Maintains inventories of turf products and supplies, to include fertilizers, pesticides, paint, and tools for athletic fields.
  4. Maintains athletic field irrigation systems, to include sprinkler heads, valves, and controllers.
  5. Applies herbicides and pesticides as needed to athletic fields.
  6. Operates and maintains grounds equipment, to include mowers, spreaders, sprayers, trimmers, and painting equipment used for athletic fields.
  7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  8. Performs general maintenance and trash removal tasks on athletic fields, as appropriate.
  9. Performs snow removal, as required.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Knowledge of advanced athletic field re-sodding, re-grading, aerating, and topdressing procedures, techniques, and standards.
  • Ability to install, calibrate, operate, and maintain athletic field irrigation systems and equipment.
  • Knowledge of Mountain West Conference and NCAA regulations and standards regarding the setup and marking of athletic fields for games.
  • Knowledge of athletic field painting and turf preparation methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the safe handling, application, and storage of fertilizers, pesticides, and related athletic turf chemicals and materials.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to set up, calibrate, and operate a wide range of standard and specialized athletic field construction and maintenance equipment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations is required in this position.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

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

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 11/14/2020