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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W4005 / Lead Greenskeeper
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 06

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.


Prepares and maintains golf course greens, fairways, and other golf course surfaces as required, ensuring compliance with all golfing regulations and standards. Leads and coordinates the work of other Greenskeepers. Sets course tee and cup placements, installs and repairs irrigation systems, and identifies and treats turf pests and diseases. Operates and maintains greenskeeping equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participates in and/or oversees the setting of golf courses to include cup and tee placements, greens repairs and maintenance, and other related duties.
  2. Supervises the work of employees in supporting roles, including assigning workload and monitoring employee performance.
  3. Maintains and/or oversees the maintenance of the golf course surfaces, including bunkers, greens, driving range, and tee boxes; mows bunker faces and prunes trees; identifies turf pests and diseases and applies pesticides, fertilizers, and other appropriate treatments as necessary.
  4. Installs or oversees the installation, maintenance, and repair of irrigation systems.
  5. Performs or oversees the performance of golf cart maintenance, as appropriate.
  6. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  7. Prepares and maintains work records as required.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Pesticide License in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control.
  • 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

  • Records maintenance skills.
  • May require knowledge of USGA regulations regarding course settings.
  • Ability to assess and treat turf areas for insects and pests.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Knowledge of light equipment operation and/or maintenance.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of golf course maintenance activities to include placement of tees and pins, irrigation techniques, and turf care.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Supervising the work of lower level employees, including assigning workload and monitoring employee performance; b) Preparing and maintaining work records; c) Identifying turf pests and applying treatments as necessary; and d) Overseeing the performance of golf cart maintenance, and installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.

Conditions of Employment

  • A valid New Mexico driver's license will be required if a motor vehicle must be operated on the job.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

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: 03/20/2017