2016 Texas Turfgrass Conferences

Hyatt-Resort-118-01Texas Turfgrass Summer Conference

Hyatt Hill Country Resort — Lost Pines

July 17-19, 2016


Texas Turfgrass Conference & Show

December 13-15, 2016

Marriott Riverwalk  and Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio



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Grounds Manager — Prairie View A&M University


This position may provide oversight for a single campus or oversight for a number of sites in a geographic local.  Primary responsibilities for this position is to conduct the planning, organization, and implementation of an overall Grounds Program for a major Facility or group of Facilities.  Functional responsibility encompasses oversight for Grounds, Landscaping, Lawns, Sports Turf, Intramural Fields, IPM / Pest Control Ornamentals, Structural Pest Control, Pond, Lake and Water Management, as well as Road / Hard Surface Construction and Maintenance.

In addition, the incumbent shall also provide support to and receive direction from Senior Corporate Staff in sales, acquisition of new business, conduct of surveys, and other related functions to obtain the quality with which “Grounds’ are maintained and to make recommendations for correction.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Resource and Financial Management

  • Responsible for attainment of financial goals and controlling expenses.
  • Reviews and analyzes financial statements, weekly operating reports and other financial reports.
  • Recommends and manages capital requirements to maximize financial returns.
  • Responsible for productivity and staffing that is appropriate to Facilities to which services are provided and Regional and Divisional goals.
  • Participates in and makes final decisions on recruitment and hiring of key site personnel.
  • In conjunction with HR staff representatives, exercises disciplinary actions in summary terminations.
    • Operational and Technical Responsibility
      • Monitors and ensures compliance with the provisions of client contracts.
      • Plans, develops, prioritizes and manages efficient and effective, and economical sound grounds management tasks and horticultural programs in accordance with seasonal management calendars, the Client’s calendar and expectations, and with current weather conditions to assure that levels of appearance, plant health, cleanliness, and public safety are attained throughout the annual life cycle.
      • Guides, trains, and provides technical assistance to supervisors and employees engaged in daily grounds management tasks and special horticultural projects.
      • Implements, directs and records training for all Grounds management disciplines with emphasis on safety and compliance.
      • Plans, develops, and manages related work in an efficient and economical manner to support such service.
      • Initiates the purchase of supplies, tools and equipment in accordance with established purchasing procedures.
      • Monitors Grounds Program operational concerns and develops action plans for correction.
      • Assist in customizing programs to meet each account’s unique needs as required.


  • Quality Assurance Management
    • Conduct quality inspections / random audits of completed assignments to ensure that satisfactory work, quality operating procedures, efficiency, progress, methods and practices, safety, and other established standards and requirements are satisfactorily met and maintained.
    • Manage/ tracks Quality assurance program to ensure that both tangible and measurable improvements in grounds management programs are maintained.

Customer Relationships

    • Administers required client/customer surveys (and other feedback instruments) and respond in a timely and effective manner.
    • Establish and maintain direct personal contact with a wide spectrum of University community members affected and/or concerned with the quality, safety and appearance of the exterior Campus or other property.
    • Promote client awareness of program alternatives and the availability of corporate resources.
    • Participates in Quarterly Business Reports with Clients.


    • Maintain an active stewardship program at multiple levels within the region.
    • Conducts Safety Audits in accordance with Company policy and procedure.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


Controls over the Position

Incumbent’s immediate supervisor may be one of the following positions depending up on this position’s scope of responsibility, i.e. reporting to a Regional Grounds Manager or Regional Grounds Vice President.  The Supervisor outlines general policy to which the incumbent is expected to comply in all work performed and in oversight responsibilities.  Work is reviewed periodically through inspection and/or audit to assure compliance with policy, standards, contractual requirements, and performance expectations not only with Grounds Management but Safety as well.  The incumbent is free to select processes, procedures and best practices in the implementation of Grounds programs under his/her jurisdiction.  However, deviation from existing policy, procedure and best practices requires direct consultation and approval from those to whom the incumbent reports.

Guidelines include technically related documentation to the Grounds discipline, specific procedures and processes, policy and Federal, State and Local requirements.  Deviation from any of these requires specific approval.

Qualifications for the Position

The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in either Horticulture or Botany or closely related field plus requisite professional experience including the following:

  • Ten plus years of progressively responsible experience in a landscape / grounds management service-related field including the following:
    • A wide range of complex, technical systems, methods, and tasks where frequent independent interpretation and decision is required.
    • Operational settings demonstrating both the efficiency and effectiveness of the Grounds Management Department and the service, safety and appearance requirements of the Client’s community as a whole.
    • Experience demonstrating an extensive technical knowledge and understanding of grounds management and horticultural practices coupled with the ability to organize, prioritize, and perform under pressure in both client contact and internal departmental capacity.
  • The ability to communicate both orally and in writing in conducting  face-to-face contacts, telephone, and written communication with the grounds management staff, the facilities services department, all levels of the Client’s community, vendors and outside agencies. Demonstrated skill in communication should encompass communications that range from simple exchanges of information to requests for assistance or service to emergency requests and, to more complicated inquiries related to proposed purchases, work requirements, or work in progress.
  • Experience in directing technically trained personnel.
  • Experience with managing budgets.
  • Experience managing multiple teams / tasks.
  • Requires a working knowledge of computers and management systems.

CONTACT:  George Bernardon      george.bernardon@sscserv.com (george NULL.bernardon null@null sscserv NULL.com)

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Park Water Management Program Specialist — City of Plano

                Job ID: 215407

                Location: Parks and Recreation

                Hourly Salary: Minimum: $18.75



  •                 Monitors and provides reports regarding overall water usage and efficiency of park irrigation     systems.
  •                 Conducts and/or oversees state and local mandated annual testing of irrigation backflow prevention devices including double-check valves and reduced pressure zone apparatuses to ensure that all meet                       requirements for acceptable containment devices.
  •                 Performs periodic irrigation system audits while providing reports of results and findings to others  as required.
  •                 Promotes and develops plans for irrigation water conservation efforts and actions taken by the department as well as the City.
  •                 Oversees and inspects the maintenance of park irrigation points of connection, flow meters, and  flow reading devices.
  •                 Assists others with programming of the irrigation central control system.
  •                 Assists in the inspection, repairs, and maintenance of irrigation control system components.
  •                 Assists in irrigation design review and inspection of park irrigation projects including the review of           new system designs and construction documents for compliance with department specifications                           and guidelines and state, local, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations and      requirements.
  •                 May coordinate irrigation contract work performed by outside contractors.
  •                 Participates in work order and asset management data collection and data maintenance for park  irrigation system components.
  •                 Procures necessary supplies and equipment as needed for projects.
  •                 Responds to internally and externally generated work orders, complaints, and inquiries and resolves issues.
  •                 Coordinates with other park and city departments to schedule work and activities.
  •                 May provide support and give direction to departmental staff at City sponsored special events as    required.
  •                 Determine and suggest appropriate course of corrective action when identifying irrigation water management and water efficiency issues.
  •                 Determine methods for irrigation backflow prevention maintenance and repairs, and must evaluate compliance to codes and regulations.
  •                 Collect data and prepare reports using on-site irrigation water use data gathered.
  •                 Assists others in analyzing irrigation water use data to determine, if needed, appropriate courses of action to resolve issues and improve irrigation distribution efficiency and effectiveness.
  •                 Determine work priorities and coordinate work and scheduling with others.



  •                 Intermediate knowledge of computer operations and standard office computer programs including  software used for word processing, spreadsheet applications, and presentation.
  •                 Advanced knowledge of irrigation system maintenance and installation practices.
  •                 Advanced knowledge of safety standards and methods required for connections to public water supplies.
  •                 Basic understanding of the process and importance of irrigation audits.
  •                 Working knowledge of growth and development requirements of turf and plan materials.
  •                 Skill in collecting and analyzing irrigation water usage and water audit data and in compiling computer data into accurate and clear reports.
  •                 Skill in irrigation backflow device testing and repairs and in irrigation system maintenance and  repairs.
  •                 Effective verbal and written communication skills.

High school graduation or GED.

Requires four years of experience in irrigation maintenance and repairs

  • which included one year of experience in maintaining certified backflow prevention devices and flow meters, and
  • One year of experience in overseeing and/or monitoring irrigation system programming and water management.


Texas Class C driver’s license

Texas Irrigator’s license

  • Other applicable grounds maintenance licenses/certifications are preferred.
  • Texas Backflow Cross-Connection Assembly Tester Certificate or Texas Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certificate is preferred, but one of these certificates must be obtained within six months of entry into position.
  • Irrigation Auditing Certificate is preferred, but must be obtained within one year of entry into position.  All licenses once obtained must be maintained current.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the      above   minimum qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education       and experience requirements.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity Employer – EOE/M/F/V/D


If interested, please go to www.plano.gov (http://www NULL.plano NULL.gov/)and apply through employment page. If you have any             questions, please call 972-941-7614.

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Athletic Field Turf Management Supervisor — Northside I.S.D. (San Antonio)

CLOSING DATE: January 13, 2016
The Athletic turf management supervisor under the supervision of the Asst. Athletic Director of Athletics for Facilities will assist in the technical and implementation of the district’s athletic field care and management program. Manage all the athletic fields on a daily basis including grass management and irrigation. Responsible for all field maintenance, safety inspections, treatments of athletic fields and proper irrigation techniques are implemented.
(Only those persons who meet the minimum qualifications as posted should apply)
• High School Diploma* or Accredited General Equivalency Diploma (GED)* *(Proof of U.S. equivalency must be provided)
• Sports Turf Management Degree, or a related field from an accredited college or university (preferred)
• Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience in grounds keeping, irrigation, maintaining athletic fields or large commercial lawn areas or related fields.
• Training experience to assist and conduct training classes/sessions.
• Have a valid Texas driver’s license (minimum Class C)
• Licensed Irrigation or Irrigation technician license (preferred)
• Lawn and Ornamental Chemical Applicator License for lawn ornamental and weeds.
• External candidate must have satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting check. Non-refundable fee (approximately $50.00) paid by employee
• Proficient in English (written and verbal) required, bilingual in English/Spanish (preferred).
• Working knowledge of turf maintenance equipment and care of turf.
• Ability to apply good judgment, discretion and initiative, and prioritize assignments with conflicting deadlines in performing duties.
• Strong customer service, communication and interpersonal skills
• Proficient computer skills including Word and Microsoft Excel
• Effective organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to work flexible schedule, including nights and weekends as needed.
1. Assist in the development of standards and procedures for maintaining athletic fields. Be the main contact for athletic fields.
2. Assist the Assistant. Athletic Director for facilities daily operation of all district athletic fields, including upkeep and field maintenance.
3. Provide guidance and supervision to assigned staff in performance of technical duties and operation and maintenance of athletic field equipment.
4. Plan schedules and oversee grounds maintenance work to ensure the proper distribution and completion of required tasks.
5. Responds to requests from coaching staff and works with assigned grounds staff to create optimal athletic practice ground conditions for student athletes.
6. Helps determine fiscal requirements for assigned operations and make recommendations for purchase of equipment and supplies needed for grounds maintenance.
7. Evaluate or assist in evaluation process for grounds crews.
8. Assists in developing current and long range plans to ensure the efficient maintenance of the athletic grounds.
9. Reviews and evaluates procedures and recommends methods for increased efficiency and cost reduction.
10. Assists with the maintenance of turf and grounds in other athletic sport areas, as needed.
11. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Maintain emotional control under stress. Daily attendance and punctuality at work are essential functions of the job. Physical activity to strenuous walking, standing, and or climbing. Light to heavy lifting/carrying involved. Environment-duty location is generally in climate controlled facilities as well as outdoors. May be exposed to hot and cold temperatures, dust and some toxic chemicals or materials. May encounter slippery or uneven surfaces.
SALARY: $42,488 – $50,884 TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Full-Time, Exempt
Only those persons who meet the minimum qualifications as posted should apply. Before an applicant attaches this posting to his/her online application for consideration, an applicant first must have a completed application on file. Click on the link below to apply.
NOTICE: If you are selected for a job with NISD, your immediate supervisor will be contacted prior to a final employment offer being made.
Click here to apply

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Parks Technician I-III — City of Highland Village

Parks Technician I-III

Full-Time $13.43 – $15.55/hour DOQ + Benefits

General Description:

Under direct supervision, the purpose of the position is to perform grounds and parks maintenance work for the city.  Employees in this class exercise appropriate safety precautions in operating assigned equipment to ensure personal, public, and personnel safety.  Position is responsible for assisting with various grounds care tasks, including establishing and maintaining cleanliness, order, and aesthetic appearance of assigned areas.  Incumbent works independently or as part of a work crew, depending on nature of assigned tasks.  Performs related work as directed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED; supplemented by any previous experience that demonstrates ability to fulfill the physical requirements of the essential functions or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  •  Valid Texas driver’s license with good driving record.

 How to Apply: Online at www.highlandvillage.org

For additional questions: Email Kimberly Lopez at klopez@highlandvillage.org



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