Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W6004 / Athletics Turf Manager
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

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.


Manages the care, maintenance, and renovation of all intercollegiate athletic fields and grounds. Establishes and implements grounds/landscape development and maintenance goals, policies and procedures. Ensures adherence to all relevant regulations, guidelines, and standards for Division 1-A athletic fields.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops and implements plans for the successful maintenance of all athletic fields and grounds.
  2. Plans, oversees, and project-manages major athletic grounds and fields renovation projects, as assigned; schedules, facilitates, oversees, and quality controls reconstruction activities, including the work of external contractors.
  3. Oversees assigned personnel, which includes assigning work, work allocation, training and problem resolution; evaluating performance and making recommendations for personnel actions; motivating employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  4. Develops and manages budgets related to achletic fields and grounds.
  5. Purchases, maintains, and manages inventory of athletic field maintenance equipment and supplies.
  6. Supervises the conversion and protection of athletic fields during special events.
  7. Restores fields damaged by weather, use, or other conditions to a level commensurate with that expected of Division 1-A athletic programs.
  8. Manages and reviews irrigation systems performance and initiates changes when necessary.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Plant Science, Horticulture, or an equivalent discipline; at least 3 years 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

  • Ability to identify turf pests and institute turfgrass maintenance and treatment.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate the work of technical consultants and/or contractors.
  • Knowledge of retail purchasing and inventory control principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of sports field irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of pest management guidelines and standards.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of standards for intercollegiate athletic fields (Division 1-A quality).
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Project management skills and the ability to resolve complex problems and issues.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must be able to obtain State of New Mexico Pesticide License in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control within three months of hire date.
  • 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.

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