Nashville SC is actively seeking a professional and dependable 1st Assistant of Grounds to assist the Head of Grounds in supervising and managing all daily maintenance operations for the Nashville SC academy facility. In this role, you will be assisting to ensure that all necessary maintenance of the Nashville SC Academy facility is completed, assist in managing an operating budget, and communicate with Nashville SC technical staff (including coaches, trainers and equipment managers) as it pertains to the Nashville SC academy facility. The First Assistant of Grounds will move to our first team training facility once it opens. This position will also ensure that all playing and practice surfaces meet Club, MLS, and FIFA standards.
This is a unique role to help build a major league club and establish the core identity of a major league brand from the earliest stages and is a once-in-a-lifetime and career-defining opportunity. The position is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Music City!
Are You Someone That:
Has a positive attitude, strong work ethic and passion for flawless execution?
Feels a sense of pride and accomplishment in successfully executing a well-organized, well-coordinated event?
Takes pride in maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and discretion?
Works well within a collaborative, team-driven, and goal-based environment?
Creates processes to increase work efficiencies and systems to work smarter not harder?
Can communicate effectively with a wide range of people?
Consistently prioritizes projects, meetings and fast-changing schedules while remaining productive and professional?
Possess exceptional organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and multi-task?
In This Role You Will:
Maintain 6 acres of natural grass, as well as one synthetic field, at the academy facility while also aiding in the maintenance of the future Nashville SC stadium field used for various
Events - including but not limited to Nashville SC’s home matches, concerts, football games and rugby matches;
Complete preventive maintenance on various pieces of equipment and ensure all equipment remains in working and operational condition;
Keep up-to-date and accurate records of chemical applications (if/as needed);
Assist in managing and training crew members in the proper use of equipment, tools, chemicals, and their applications;
Complete projects and special assignments within budgets as directed by the Head of Grounds.
Assist in making precise and timely decisions that affect field conditions;
Consistently monitor weather conditions and make proactive decisions to meet safety and field maintenance standards;
Maintain daily field maintenance and make suggestions for any improvements as necessary; and
Perform other duties to support the Nashville SC academy facility and stadium.
A Bachelor’s degree in Turf Management, Horticulture, or Plant Science is required;
5 years relevant work experience in maintaining professional quality sports fields;
Working knowledge of field construction and maintenance pertaining to irrigation, drainage, rootzone, artificial turf, and grow lights;
Experience working with transition zone turfgrass species (preferred);
Working knowledge of FIFA and MLS rules and regulations;
Ability to obtain a Tennessee pesticide applicators license;
Proficiency in Microsoft applications, knowledge of current technologies and commitment to remain up to date with industry best practices;
Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Detail oriented and deadline driven;
Strong organizational skills;
Ability to make decisions under pressure;
Hours are variable and will include early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays in addition to the traditional Monday through Friday hours;
Ability to work in various degrees of outdoor weather conditions, including but not limited to, extreme heat and cold or rain;
Ability to lift 50 pounds of weight frequently throughout assigned workday; and
Ability to work in various positions, including but not limited to, stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling, and squatting for extended periods of time.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.