Skip to content

Athletic Turf Groundskeeper

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



Posting Close Date:


Date published:


Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder Athletic Department Turf Management team encourages applications for an Athletic Turf Groundskeeper. This position serves as the primary contact for South Campus and will assist the Director of Athletic Grounds and primary facility contacts in the day-to-day maintenance and preparation for turf management operations of athletic facilities for practices, competitions, and special events. 

Preparations of these facilities are in accordance with all National Collegiate Athletic Association and Pacific 12 Conference rules and regulations and are established through environmentally sound cultural practices that promote safe playing conditions.

Our Athletic Turf Groundskeeper is responsible for promoting the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics program. This shall include adhering to the principles of the Athletic Department’s Mission Statement, Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement, Core Values, Policies, and Procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the University, the Pac 12 Conference and the NCAA.

Who We Are

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly affect Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff, and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Turf Management
  • Assist with the maintenance/preparation of all athletic facilities for practices, competitions, and special events. 
  • Assist in the execution of the turf management maintenance schedule.
  • Assist with irrigation repairs; fertilizer/seed applications; and field renovations. 
  • Operate equipment including, mowers, trimmers, edgers, blowers, hand and power tools, utility vehicles, tractors, spreaders, aerifyers, and others pertaining to turfgrass maintenance. 
  • Execute sound cultural practices to ensure turfgrass health and student-athlete safety.
  • Identify and address all immediate issues regarding the athletic field or facility including remove/repair vandalism, irrigation system, field heating system, and disease and drought stresses. 
  • Determine the equipment that is most appropriate for a given area to complete the desired work. 
  • Settle turf areas needing additional seeding and more or less fertilizing; rates for overseeding in turf areas; if areas are too wet or too dry to apply cultural practices. 
  • Address mechanical problems that occasionally occur with equipment. 

Turf Management - South Campus
  • Manage and execute the turf management program for the South Campus by scheduling sound cultural practices including mowing, seeding, fertilization, aerification, trimming, edging, weeding, and management of all landscaped beds. 
  • Handle the irrigation system and schedule irrigation cycles by monitoring weather conditions. 
  • Knowledge in the operation of Toro VP irrigation controllers. 
  • Conduct irrigation walkthroughs to ensure the accurate operation of the irrigation system and execute winterization of this system and the facility, including windscreens, and nets. 
  • Manage and execute setup for tennis and cross country meets and special events at the facility. 
  • Coordinate/maintain general facility cleanliness. 
  • Lead all aspects of/execute facility upgrades. 
  • Schedule, manage and execute snow and ice mitigation when necessary. 

Event and Auxiliary Event Preparation
  • Assist with the preparation of facilities for practices, competitions, and special events. This includes athletic field layout and field/logo painting, site set-up, and general cleaning. 
  • Assist with the installation of the field protection system for special events.
  • Execute field layout and field painting for the university marching band. Execute snow removal from university Recreation Center synthetic turf fields. 
  • Execute installation/removal of Athletic Department Sport Court volleyball court and standards for volleyball camps.
  • Execute court layout, court taping, and placement of basketball hoops for Athletic Department basketball camps. 
  • Assist/execute painting at the Colorado National Golf Course. 
  • Assist with facility/field preparation for lacrosse practices and competitions. 

Snow and Ice Removal
  • Remove snow and ice from athletic fields and Athletic Department facilities, including sidewalks, entrances, stairs, and loading docks. Apply ice melt chemicals to facility areas as needed. 
  • Execute snow removal from fields and facilities in preparation of practices and competitions using a variety of equipment, including shovels, utility vehicles, tractors, and skid steers. 

Vehicle/Equipment Maintenance
  • Execute preventative maintenance schedule for all turf maintenance equipment, including mowers, trimmers, utility vehicles, tractors, blowers, edgers, etc. 
  • Perform minor maintenance repairs on equipment or vehicles including changing and sharpening rotary blades, changing aeration tines, changing engine oil and filters, and greasing fittings. Diagnose equipment problems and repair if capable, if not, communicate with the supervisor to arrange for professional maintenance. 
  • Conduct routine inspections of equipment and storage areas. 

  • Contribute to a safe working environment for self, co-workers, students, faculty, staff, and the general public. 
  • Adhere to safety guidelines, especially concerning equipment operation and the use of personal protective equipment. 
  • Determine safe site location, level, and provide safety information for scissor lifts used by television crews and staff members. 
  • Monitor weather conditions to ensure a safe working height and communicate to personnel in scissor lifts.

What You Should Know

This position requires a valid Driver's License and the ability and willingness to work significant and irregular hours which includes all home football games, concerts and other athletic and special events. This is an essential service designated position.

What We Can Offer

The starting hourly rate for this position is $18.48, commensurate with experience. This position is overtime eligible. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be Effective. Be Proactive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • One year/one growing season experience in the maintenance of athletic fields.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Ability and willingness to work significant and irregular hours which includes all home football games, concerts and other athletic and special events.

What You Will Need

  • This position is expected to have the necessary qualifications and knowledge to perform the job at the onset due to the high visibility, public exposure, and level of safety of the surfaces which are required. from other turf position
  • Familiarity with the operation of basic turf maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to operate and maintain irrigation systems, including PVC repair, head and valve replacement, and control clocks.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A bachelor's degree in turfgrass management or a related field. 
  • Two years of progressively responsible experience in the maintenance of athletic fields at the collegiate level or higher.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 04/19/2020 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.