Golf Course Superintendent

Town of Blacksburg   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on January 7, 2022
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General Definition of Work

Responsible for operation of the golf course maintenance for the 54 acre 9 hole Municipal Golf Course.  The responsibilities include:  turf grass/plant material maintenance programs, property/asset management, personnel management, budget preparation, capital improvement and forecasting, financial management, customer relations, scheduling/maintenance of mower, turf and irrigation systems, pesticide applications, related recordings, and compliance of regulatory issues.  The Golf Course Superintendent works to create an environment where staff is involved and enthusiastic, with open communications and respect for themselves, guest and the property.

  • Responsible for all phases of Golf Maintenance and Agronomic operations, cost control, and personnel.
  • Works closely with, advises, and coordinates any issues related to golf course maintenance.
  • Directs and participates in the construction and maintenance of the grounds.
  • Designs landscape plans for facility grounds and implements the plan.
  • Administers and enforces all Course rules, regulations and policies for staff.
  • Works closely with the Supervisor to operate the Golf Course in a fiscally responsible and professional manner.
  • Handles advertising, selection and evaluating staff (fulltime and wage)
  • Must be a working supervisor who is able to work independently and be a self–starter and have a problem solver ability
  • Supervision is exercised over maintenance and equipment personnel.

HOURS: 6am - 3pm Monday - Friday *some weekends and on call hours

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Oversees the care and maintenance of the turf, ornamental plants, shrubs, trees and the facility grounds.
  • Directs and assists the staff on the planting of new vegetation, the replacement, spraying, pruning and trimming of trees and shrubs, the preparation of soil plant beds for aesthetically pleasing arrangements and tending to high stress areas.
  • Provides detailed annual plan for the various property levels and the designated landscaping areas.  Includes rotational design to provide facility with fresh, eye-catching, interesting and pleasant atmosphere.
  • Manages an aggressive water usage tracking plan and irrigation systems and provides monthly reporting.
  • Recruits, supervises and retains maintenance staff.   Conducts employee performance evaluations and exercises disciplinary action.
  • Provides technical, operational and safety training for employees to ensure that staff is working with OSHA, club safety, state and federal guidelines for safe working conditions.
  • Oversees subordinates in proper and safe operation and maintenance of mechanical and power equipment.  Plans and budgets for additional or replacement capital equipment.
  • Regulates, supervises, tracks and participates in the application and recording of chemical applications (fertilizers and pesticides) on the course grounds in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Produce and follow an annual agronomic Plan.
  • Supervises and controls all maintenance expenses associated with Golf Course Operations, including payroll, supplies, chemicals and fertilizers.
  • Develops annual operating budget and plans for maintenance and capital improvement projects.
  • Maintains records and completes required reporting.   Order parts, supplies and equipment as needed.
  • Schedules maintenance practices around member play and outings to maximize efficiency and minimize disruption to members.
  • Coordinates snow removal and winter maintenance activities when necessary.
  • Communicates with Director of Parks & Recreation on issues, goals and input.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of management and maintenance of greens, fairways, roughs, landscaped areas and tree care.
  • Knowledge of use and operating standards of equipment and tools used in golf course construction and maintenance work.
  • Skill in recruiting, supervising, training, monitoring, evaluating and motivating personnel.
  • Interpersonal skill to resolve conflict and work with supervisors, officials, employees, members and the general public.
  • Knowledge of safe use, mixing and application of chemicals and commercial products. 
  • Knowledge of the game of golf, golf course rules and methods of play.
  • Ability to anticipate personnel, equipment, and material requirements related to golf course maintenance and repair assignments.   
  • Ability and knowledge to lay our irrigation patterns, drainage patterns, construct tees and /or greens.
Education and Experience
  • 3-5 years’ experience as a Golf Superintendent 
  • 2-Year Degree or Certificate in Turf Management (or related field, like agronomy, horticulture, plant science, soil science) 
  • Advance computer skills required for financial reporting and control of operations, including use of Microsoft office suite.
  • Valid driver’s license with CDL endorsement, or ability to obtain within six months of employment,  and satisfactory driving record.
  • Current pesticide application license.
  • Prefer certification by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
  • First Aid and CPR with AED certification
  • Ability to operate golf related maintenance equipment

Physical Requirements

  • Able to lift 50 lbs., & working in all sorts of weather.
  • Able to exert 100 pounds of force, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, reading, standing, walking and lifting

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