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Athletic Turf Manager



Athletic turf managers are responsible for producing and maintaining sporting grounds. They ensure the turf and surrounds are looking pristine.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Develop and implement plans for the successful maintenance of all athletic fields and grounds
  • Plan, oversee, and project-manage major athletic grounds and fields renovation projects, as assigned; schedule, facilitate, oversee, and quality control reconstruction activities, including the work of external contractors
  • Oversee assigned personnel, which includes assigning work, work allocation, training and problem resolution; evaluating performance and making recommendations for personnel actions
  • Develop and manages budgets related to athletic fields and grounds
  • Purchase, maintain, and manage inventory of athletic field maintenance equipment and supplies
  • Supervise the conversion and protection of athletic fields during special events
  • Restore fields damaged by weather, use, or other conditions to a level commensurate with that expected athletic grounds
  • Manage and reviews irrigation systems performance and initiates changes when necessary
  • Be in attendance during sporting events to supervise field use


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management is required.


To pursue a career as an athletic turf manager:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, Spanish, biology, chemistry and environmental science.


Where can I work?

Athletic turf managers can work for universities, golf courses, municipal stadiums, and professional sporting teams.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for an athletic turf manager will be great over the next five years.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • National Turfgrass Federation
  • Golf Course Superintendent’s Association
  • Sports Turf Managers Association 
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