Sports Turf Technician (HR Title: Turf Technician)
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

Posted in Education and Training

$18.00 per hour

Job Info


Hourly Range:

$18 per hour

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:

This position is responsible for assisting in the daily operations of the turf management department. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the maintenance, repair, painting, fertilizing, spraying cultural practices and mowing the athletics fields and Intramural fields , fertilization, mowing, irrigation, field painting and preparation for athletic contests, game day set up for Ford Stadium and Wescott Field.

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

Essential Functions:

  • Mowing athletic fields
  • Assisting with painting athletic fields
  • Fertilizing fields
  • Trimming/Edging/Blowing
  • Assisting with various cultural practices, basic irrigation work, basic equipment maintenance, hand watering, repairing/replacing sod, trash removal
  • Synthetic field maintenance


Education and Experience:

A high school degree, or equivalent, and a minimum of 1 year of work experience is required for this position.

Experience in the collegiate or professional athletic field maintenance is strongly desired.

Candidate must possess a TX driver's license and a clear MVR.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate should have considerable knowledge of the practices, methods, materials, equipment and tools used in the maintenance of athletic fields. Some knowledge of effective supervisory methods and techniques is desirable. Knowledge of hazards and necessary safety precautions in the general labor and maintenance work is preferred. Candidate must demonstrate ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills. Basic knowledge of Word and Excel applications are required.

Some evening and weekend work is required for scheduled work and emergency calls. Candidate must have the ability to work a flexible schedule.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Bend, squat, stand
  • Crawl, climb, kneel
  • Walk for long distances
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Handle objects
  • Push/Pull; Carry/lift over 50 lbs.
  • Exposure to excessive noise
  • Around moving machinery
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature/or humidity
  • Exposure to dust, fumes, gases, radiation, microwave
  • Drives motorized equipment
Deadline to Apply:

Open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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