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Greens Keeper

Position Description    

Under the supervision of the Golf Course Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or Equipment Manager performs work involving the use of large equipment, including tractors, loaders, trenchers, backhoes, trucks and other maintenance equipment.  Operates light motorized equipment, and trucks on the golf course, and do related work as needed for golf course maintenance.  Performs routine manual labor involved in golf course maintenance; do semi-skilled grounds construction and maintenance work; operate small hand-powered equipment; and occasionally perform work involving large equipment such as tractors, loaders and gang mowers.  Each groundskeeper may be assigned responsibility for the care and maintenance of several designated holes on the golf course and does related work as required.

 

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Mows greens, tees, aprons, and approaches to greens, and other areas not accessible with gang mowers; rakes sand traps with power rakes; aerifies greens; verticuts tees and greens; spikes greens; operates sod cutter, spray rigs for greens and fertilizer spreaders; and mows rough rotary and operates other equipment as directed. Incumbent maintains gasoline, oil and other equipment fluid levels daily; reports equipment problems and failures to Equipment Manager immediately; performs basic preventative maintenance on equipment as directed by the Assistant Superintendent or Equipment Manager; and returns equipment to designated location at the maintenance facility.  Uses loaders to remove dirt, debris and other materials; drives a dump truck to haul materials and refuse; operates portable pumps.  May occasionally operate gang units in the absence of Equipment Operator.  May be asked to change pins and tee markers.  Performs other duties as directed by Assistant Superintendent.
  2. Operates mowers and string trimmers in trimming greens, aprons, tees, around trees, fence lines banks and hillside; edges cart paths; edges, rakes and maintains sand bunkers; sets tee markers and cups on greens daily; maintains ball washers; replaces tee towels and flags when needed; removes debris; and cleans flower beds. Maintains fuel and fluid levels for all types of equipment on a daily basis; reports equipment problems or failure to the equipment manager immediately; returns all equipment to the designated location at the maintenance facility; and cleans the maintenance areas.  Waters and fertilizes tees, greens, fairways, and under direct supervision of a certified applicator, sprays chemicals on landscaped areas.  Under the direction of the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent,  marks the course for cart control weekly; moves cart control barriers and replaces worn or lost ropes and signs; and may mark hazard and drop areas.  Helps in project work; assist in the construction of new greens tees and fairways; grades and prepares soil base; lays sod; and seeds tees, greens and fairways.  Installs forms lays walks and paths using gravel and asphalt mix; excavates and backfills ditches and trenches with hand tools; repairs and replaces pipe on irrigation system; and may be asked to operate mowers, dump trucks or other light equipment. Performs other duties as directed by his/her supervisor.
  3. Mows fairways and roughs with gang units; operates turf vac, skip loader, fairway and rough aerifier and boom sprayer for weeds in fairways and rough. The incumbent may also operate smaller equipment as directed by his/her supervisor. Ensures that the equipment cooling system is working at all times; refills fuel and oil daily; cleans equipment daily; and reports equipment problems or failures to Equipment Manager immediately.  The operator is responsible for basic preventative maintenance on equipment as directed by the Equipment manager or Assistant Superintendent and for returning equipment to the designated location at the maintenance facility.  The incumbent also performs other duties as directed by his/her supervisor.

 

Job Requirement:

 

Education: High School Diploma or GED

Experience:

Experience in golf course maintenance and the game of golf would be helpful.

Skills:

Requires a valid driver’s license, Requires knowledge of methods and materials used in ground and landscaped construction/maintenance work; working knowledge of and ability to use hand and power tools and equipment; ability to operate trucks and light motorized equipment; physical strength, stamina and agility to follow oral and written directions. Ability to communicate verbally and written and understand the needs of others.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible to motivate yourself and co-workers assigned with you to complete any task

in a timely manner to it end as directed by the Director of Golf Course Maintenance, Golf

Course Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or Equipment Manager.

 

Equipment to be used: 

Large equipment, including tractors, loaders, trenchers, backhoes, gang mowers, bunker

rakes trucks, utility vehicles, turf vac, skip loader, fairway and rough aerifier and boom

sprayer and other maintenance equipment.  Operates light motorized equipment, such as

weed-eaters, backpack blowers, hover mowers, and occasionally chain saws.  Operate

small hand-powered equipment.  Also mechanically pressurized spray equipment, hand

operated spray equipment, hand operated rotary spreaders and hand operated drop

spreaders..

                       

Typical Physical Demands:

Standing, walking, sitting, crawling, kneeling, bending, lifting, pushing, hearing, carrying items up to 50 pounds.  Reaching, pulling, and ability to manipulate a variety of hand and power tools and large and small golf course equipment.  Must endure high outdoor temperatures and exposure to chemicals, fertilizers, fumes and gases.