Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Under general direction, the Athletic Field Crew Supervisor provides timely and reliable support for supervision of athletic fields crew, as well as directly performing maintenance and care of athletic fields and campus turf. Prepares fields as needed for practices and competitions for team sports and club sports. Performs other campus groundskeeping duties to maintain and keep safe the paths, roads, turf areas, fields and additional properties of the College. This is a full-time, non-exempt, grade 6 position.
• Coordinates with, and reports to, Assistant Director on daily work schedule and plan for completing that work in order to efficiently complete necessary work.
• Supervises crew members performing athletic field, campus turf and horticultural tasks on a day-to-day basis by assigning daily work, instructing crew members in method to perform the job, working along with crew members and following up to make sure the job was completed properly in order to provide assurance that work schedule was met and necessary jobs completed.
• Works cooperatively with Athletic Department members to meet the goals and deadlines of that department.
• Monitors work times for coworkers on respective crew, and assigns duties to keep crew members productive in order to meet department deadlines.
• Keeps Assistant Director informed of crew’s cooperativeness in working with each other in order to prevent any incidents that may affect crew’s productivity and the ability to work together.
• Performs, in cooperation with Assistant Director, regular performance appraisals of crew members in order to provide proper feedback for employee’s work improvement.
• Completes reports/paperwork and maintains necessary records of crew’s work in a timely fashion as instructed by Director and Assistant Director.
• Attends meetings/functions as required by job and is prepared to report on work of crew in order to maintain communication amongst crew.
• Supervises and trains new, and existing, crew members in order to familiarize all with expected performance; instructs and monitors crew in safe working practices.
• Supervises and performs maintenance on crew’s hand and power equipment in order to provide safe and efficient methods of completing expected work.
• Cooperates in the function of the entire Facilities Management Department and assists in meeting the department’s goals.
Athletic Field Maintenance
• Performs daily turf maintenance on the College’s athletic fields, artificial surface fields, tennis courts and track maintenance including mowing, line marking, site clean up following athletic events, preparation of teams’ sideline areas; all completed with minimal supervision in order to provide safe outdoor athletic facilities that will be utilized daily by the various sports teams, coaches and outside groups.
• Performs daily maintenance and safe operation on various turf equipment including mowers, tractors, attachments to tractor, line painters, irrigation equipment and pumps in order to maintain eight fields and two outside tennis court complexes.
• Performs, in a timely way, seasonal and/or daily set-up, moving and maintenance on athletic field goals, nets, track and field equipment, team benches and tables in order to provide this equipment to the athletic teams for their daily practices and contests.
• Performs seasonal measuring and field layout for eight collegiate sports and intramural and club sports; must keep up to date on current NCAA and conference rules related to these sports in order to properly prepare the fields for intercollegiate contests.
• Performs set-up of equipment and running of irrigation systems to safely and adequately supply water to provide for healthy and lush athletic fields. Decisions must be made on the method and frequency of irrigation to promote good turf without increasing diseases or acting environmentally irresponsible.
• Performs seasonally the renovation of athletic fields in order to provide a safe and healthy field for the next athletic season. Performs campus turf renovation. Must be knowledgeable of growing conditions relating to various turf grass species, insects, diseases, weeds of turf, soils, fertility, pH and moisture requirements. Must be able to safely and effectively operate the following renovation equipment: aerator, drop and broadcast fertilizer spreaders, turf roller, slice seeder, top dressing applicator, drag mat and york rake.
• Keeps up to date on turfgrass diseases, insects and weeds and the methods, chemicals and equipment used for control.
• Supervises for and performs the above duties in a timely way with minimal supervision under the control of a strict schedule dictated by the coaches, athletic department and grounds department.
• Must work closely with athletic directors, coaches, assistant coaches, team trainers and grounds department in performing these duties.
• Performs horticultural tasks and maintains the plant collections by doing timely planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, fertilizing, irrigating, leaf raking and other plant cultural practices with minimal supervision in order to maintain campus aesthetics and provide proper horticultural care.
• Performs detailed horticultural work to maintain specialty garden areas consisting of Fragrance Garden, Winter Garden, Rose Garden, various courtyard gardens and major horticultural collections with minimal supervision in order to provide proper horticultural care and maintain these garden areas as the most intensively-maintained gardens on campus.
• Assists in performing maintenance on the College’s green roofs, storm water control devices, Crum woods natural area and to give support to sustainability efforts within the department and across the entire property.
• Demonstrates familiarity with the identification and maintenance of a broad range of trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, annuals and turfgrass; has advanced knowledge to provide proper horticultural care in a timely, efficient manner with minimal supervision.
• Demonstrates ability to decide a course of action relative to soils and fertilization, and is up-to-date on accepted practices relative to pruning and planting in order to provide current and approved methods of horticultural science.
• Demonstrates familiarity with the common diseases, insects, weeds and cultural problems of landscapes and turf in the mid-Atlantic region in order to make proper decisions for the daily maintenance and care of the landscape.
• Demonstrates familiarity with sustainable landscape/gardening practices, organic principles relating to soil, plant health, and organic lawns; and maintenance and restoration process of natural areas such as Crum Woods.
• Keeps campus areas, turf, roads, sidewalks and patios maintained in an efficient way, and has the ability to prioritize this work, in order to provide a safe and aesthetically-pleasing campus. Is responsible for keeping meadows in a maintained condition through mowing and weeding.
• Performs in a timely way trash removal, irrigation, campus turf renovation, turf mowing, snow removal and leaf raking in order to efficiently maintain safety and high horticultural aesthetics on campus.
• Assists with special function set-up and tear-down in order to prepare the facilities in a timely way for college-hosted events.
• Assists in maintaining stormwater management structures and landscape features.
• Is present for and assists in College emergencies, bad weather occurrences and special College functions in order to maintain campus safety for students, staff and visitors.
Equipment Maintenance and operation
• Safely and proficiently uses all hand gardening tools, consisting of pruners, shovels, rakes, loppers, hedge shears and other gardening tools.
• Safely and proficiently uses grounds power equipment consisting of tractor, loader, trucks, lawn mower, chain saw, weed whip, turf aerator, turf slicer/seeder, snow plow and thrower, chain saw, brush chipper and other grounds maintenance equipment.
• Has familiarity with, and can maintain, in-ground and above-ground, turf irrigation systems.
• Is proficient at, and performs, the daily maintenance of all grounds hand and power tools and equipment.
• High school diploma or equivalent with formal training in horticulture, agronomy, turfgrass science or related science or 5-7 years of athletic field/turfgrass/groundskeeping experience plus 2-3 years of supervisory experience.
• Maintains Pennsylvania pesticide certification for ornamentals and turf in order to legally and safely apply pesticides as part of job duties.
• Ability to work with diverse crew, faculty, staff and volunteers.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license.
• High level of productivity; work pace is frequently fast-paced.
• Knowledge of ornamental plants and turf: identification, culture, insects, diseases, weeds and cultural problems.
• Familiar with the care, operation and maintenance of hand and power turf and gardening tools and equipment, hand and power pesticide sprayers and grounds power equipment.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills and ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff and students.
• Physical dexterity to perform the job and ability to work outside year-round are necessary.
• Ability to frequently lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs. and possess the physical strength to perform grounds keeping/gardening operations.
• Ability to carry a 35 lb. backpack sprayer for extended periods and hand, arm and back strength to do shoveling/pruning motions for extended time.
• Ability to manipulate vibrating, hand-held power machinery for extended times.
• Ability to perform kneeling, bending, squatting motions for extended times.
• Visual ability to do detailed pruning.
• Ability to read and understand pesticide labels, machinery safety manuals and new information related to horticultural practices is required.
• Ability to maintain written maintenance and pesticide application records.
• Ability to work under harsh weather conditions and perform emergency storm-related damage services is required. Emergency work may require time outside of the normal work day.
• Will be required to work weekends in spring and fall to support athletic department game field readiness and support.
• Occasionally works authorized overtime and weekends as business needs require in order to complete projects, meet heavy demand, or respond to weather or emergencies.
For full consideration, submit applications including resume and cover letter with hourly pay expectations by October 8, 2021.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.