Sports Field Manager

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Title: Sports Field Manager
Job Type: Full-Time, Year-Round; 40 hours per week; 5 days per week; Exempt
Salary Range: $60,000 - $72,500
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package 60 days following date of hire (health insurance, paid time off, etc.)
Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

The Sports Field Manager reports directly to the Director of Grounds and is responsible for planning, managing, and coordinating activities pertaining to the maintenance of all athletic fields and park lawns in accordance with company policies. The Sports Field Manager will take on assignments in a professional, supervisory, administrative, and turf management capacity utilizing turf maintenance, horticultural, and park grounds maintenance best practices in the development and maintenance of all athletic fields and parks grounds. The Sports Field Manager will be directly responsible for managing a team of year-round and seasonal maintenance workers and turf & irrigation technicians.


  • Work with and provide assistance to the Director of Grounds in all facets of daily operation.
  • Supervise, work with, and manage other members of the Sports Field department to maintain athletic playing fields, oversee field rotation and red flagging, and assist in other turf maintenance practices.
  • Supervise staff members to obtain and ensure quality performance, efficiency, morale, productivity, communication, commitment, and teamwork while maintaining the high quality of fields.
  • Help to plan and schedule work assignments in all phases of field and grounds maintenance.
  • Assist with timekeeping as well as verifying and approving payroll for the Sports Field department.
  • Provide leadership for employees through effective communication, coaching, training, and professional development.
  • Ensure that proper safety and incident reporting procedures are followed; bring problems to the attention of the Director of Grounds and Human Resources Manager.
  • Assist the Director of Grounds in budget preparation and track spending.
  • Review and approve invoices and submit to the Chief Financial Officer for processing and payment.
  • Assist with record keeping and inspection of materials applications, equipment repairs, staff training, daily work sheets, and other related recordkeeping.
  • Develop and utilize preventative maintenance programs for all equipment in order to ensure all machinery standards are strictly maintained, meeting quality and safety guidelines.
  • Operate hand tools and small equipment such as pole saws, loppers, hand saws, rakes, tampers, lawn mowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers and leaf blowers. and shovels.
  • Calibrate equipment for the safe use of liquid and granular fertilizers and pesticides and safely apply pesticides and fertilizers, along with completing records of application.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding the chemical treatment of lawns, athletic fields, and other vegetated areas.
  • Collaborate with Horticulture Manager to maximize on equipment and material usage and cross-train staff members, where it would be beneficial.
  • Collaborate with Horticulture Manager on projects that would benefit from staffing overlap and in-sync scheduling.
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of fertilizer, insecticides, herbicides, and other necessary supplies.
  • Supervise and participate in work assignments including, but not limited to, mowing, seeding, watering, leveling, laying sod, removing debris, rolling, aeration, aeravating, hydro-seeding, material application, vehicle and equipment maintenance and building maintenance renovation.
  • Act as an ambassador for RIPA, answering questions for park visitors.
  • Support park-wide initiatives, programs, and events.
  • Perform other general tasks as assigned by the Director of Grounds.

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


  • Turf grass certificate/coursework; AND five (5) years of experience working with athletic fields/golf courses, green spaces or technical maintenance and operation of park facilities and grounds.
  • Minimum of one year of experience supervising, training, coaching, or developing staff members.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, time-management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, as well as strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact effectively with park visitors, vendors, and employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to perform physical labor; must be able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Motivated and punctual, able to work both independently, and as part of a team.
  • Valid Driver License.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.


  • B.S. from an accredited college or university in Turf Management, Agronomy, Horticulture, Environmental Sciences or other related field superintendent, or related position.

    irrigation technician, or grounds crew member.

  • Hands-on experience in turf grass management as a landscape manager, assistant sports turf manager, assistant golf course
  • Experience working in golf course maintenance or turf grass maintenance as an assistant,
  • Valid NY State certified commercial pesticide applicators license in turf and ornamentals.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc.
Website: Apply Online