Medical, Dental, Eye / Vision, Disability, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Leave, Pension / 401(k)
GCSAA and Chapter Dues paid
Attendance at state Turf Conference
Attendance at Chapter events as staffing and schedule allow
Continuing education and career advancement encouraged.
Experience and education may be substituted for degree.
Internal Number: Turf Specialist (Golf)
Within the City of Hutchinson this position is titled Turf Specialist (Golf).
Under limited supervision by the Golf Course Superintendent, the Turf Specialist (Golf) leads, coordinates and participates in the work of crews responsible for maintaining turf, irrigation systems and maintenance equipment within the City’s golf course division. The work involves exercising functional and technical supervision over lower level full-time and seasonal grounds maintenance staff, operation and preventive maintenance work on a variety of turf care systems and specialized turf maintenance equipment.The individual in this position will have the opportunity to make fertilizer and chemical applications, be active in every step of full GPS of the irrigation system in 2024, learn and assist with basic equipment maintenance, learn controls of Hunter VSX satellite irrigation as well as Surveyor central control system, be responsible for setting up daily duties for staff on taskTracker digital job board and will be involved with renovations including new irrigation, construction of greens, tees and bunkers, drainage, etc.
Lead, plan, train and review the work of crews responsible for a comprehensive program for maintaining warm and cool season turf grasses and all related systems.
Plan, direct, and participate in the maintenance program for natural turf areas, irrigation systems, pest management programs and special projects related to the construction, renovation, and repair of turf areas.
Participate in a variety of plant maintenance and landscape duties including trimming shrubs, pulling weeds, watering plants.
Verify the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques, and compliance with applicable standards and specifications motivating employees to achieve peak productivity and performance; trains personnel in correct and safe operating procedures; disseminate and interpret instructions provided to employees using appropriate forms of communication.
Surveys turf areas to determine irrigation requirements for various growing conditions, develops an appropriate watering plan, and accurately operates, programs, or adjusts controllers for automated systems or hand waters turf daily as required.
Installs, troubleshoots and repairs broken water lines, valves, heads for sprinkling system and performs related work to maintain efficient operation of the golf course irrigation system.
Oversees the application of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers; ensure compliance with established safety procedures. Collect soil samples for analysis and interpret results in order to treat soil; decide appropriate type and quantity of fertilizer and herbicide to be applied to turf. Operates equipment to apply these chemicals and fertilizers to grass for the control of weeds, pests and grass diseases. Maintain department records for chemical applications and inventory.
Oversees, and participates in major golf course renovation projects, as assigned; schedules, facilitates, oversees, and quality controls reconstruction activities, including the work of external contractors.
Operates and maintains maintenance equipment, parts and supplies.
Performs minor maintenance tasks on motorized equipment such as cleaning, greasing, sharpening blades, and making tire repairs.
Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
Turf management/maintenance practices and irrigations systems is required.
Safe and efficient operation of various types of powered or walk behind turf care equipment including mowers, verticut machines, top dressing equipment, aerators, seeders, sod cutters, sprayers, utility vehicles, dump trucks or tractors.
Maintaining and managing inventory of turf maintenance equipment, parts and supplies
Possession of a strong mechanical aptitude, robust organizational skills and highly effective supervisory, motivational, communication and computer skills.
The ability to participate in a variety of golf course maintenance duties including chemical and fertilizer applications. changing cups, sod removal/installation and hand watering turf.
Judge distances accurately, to maintain equipment, to follow department policies, and to read, interpret and communicate instructions, maps, manuals and schematics as required.
Independently and professionally identify, evaluate and resolve problems, issues, or scenarios that occur on the golf course on a daily basis. Examples may include tournament schedule changes, equipment malfunctions, environmental changes, pest infestations, etc.
Provide snow and ice removal during inclement weather.
Understand the basic rules of golf and assist with golf course marking.
Can apply directly at www.hutchgov.com - look for FT- Golf Turf Specialist under the Employment tab.
Carey Park Golf Course was founded in 1932 by Hutchinson’s salt magnate, Emerson Carey, and renowned architect Ralph McCarroll and is nestled along the bank of the Arkansas River in Hutchinson, KS.With a par of 71 and stretching over 6,629 yards, this 18-hole masterpiece has recently undergone an impressive transformation. The renovations, carefully unfolding in phases, have brought new life to the fairways, installed state-of-the-art irrigation system, revamped tee boxes, and introduced fresh greens. As one of Kansas’ premier municipal facilities, Carey Park sets a standard for the future, infusing the course with an exciting and modern energy while honoring its classic design.It proudly hosts two of the region’s largest high school golf tournaments, along with events for small colleges and local enthusiasts.For those seeking to sharpen their skills, the practice facility offers an array of resources, including a comprehensive driving range, a large putting green, a dedicated chipping area, and two practice bunkers. Inside the welcoming clubhouse, you’ll discover a full-service dining area, a cozy café and a well-stocked pro-shop, ensuring a delightful customer experience.