Facility Operations/Security: Grounds Crew/Turf Management
Assistant Head Groundskeeper - Corpus Christi Hooks (Corpus Christi, TX)

The Corpus Christi Hooks at Whataburger Field have a position opening for Assistant Head Groundskeeper. 

The Assistant Head Groundskeeper is responsible for assisting the Head Groundskeeper in the repairing and maintaining of the playing surface, bullpens, surrounding grounds, and outfield berm seating areas.  The Assistant Grounds Keeper works with the Whataburger Field Facilities team to maintain and repair on-field equipment such as wall pads, netting, BP equipment, and other associated on-field items.

The Assistant Head Groundskeeper reports directly to the Head Groundskeeper, and may also take direction from the Senior Director of Operations, General Manager and Team President.

Typical Duties/Job Requirements of this position:

  • Assist in the planning and execution of all maintenance on the playing surface.

  • Hands-on playing field maintenance, related to all groundskeeping tasks, including grading, nailing, floating, raking, rolling, dragging, and proper moisture management of the infield skin, mowing, watering, fertilizing, rolling, verticutting, grooming, brushing, and aerating the turf as directed by the Head Grounds Keeper.

  • Effectively maintain our grounds shop and fleet of turf equipment.  Maximize equipment life.

  • Effectively manage and collaborate all tarp pulls and weather situations for the Hooks.

  • Ensure playing surface and pitching mounds comply with all MiLB regulations.

  • Train, schedule, and supervise all part-time and seasonal Grounds staff members.  

  • Communicate clearly verbally and in writing on a continual basis to Head Grounds Keeper.

  • Assist in maintaining proper records of all field maintenance and equipment maintenance.

  • Comply with Texas Department of Agriculture laws for the application, handling, storing and recordkeeping of pesticides.

  • Comply with local environmental laws.

  • Maintain great relationships with the on-field and front-office staff.

  • Assist in the planning and execution of non-baseball events on the playing surface.

  • Provide knowledge on the front end of non-baseball events to help organization maximize revenue and minimize field expenses.

  • Assist in all major and minor field construction/renovation projects.

  • Oversee landscaper to ensure proper grooming for exterior of the stadium, parking lots and other grounds areas.

  • Oversee the little league field to ensure proper grooming of the playing surface and maintain a manicured field at all times.
  • Maintain a high energy level personally and in the grounds crew throughout the long baseball season .

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have/be:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in grounds keeping in professional or college baseball.

  • Experience managing all facets of baseball field maintenance.

  • Self-starter with the ability to troubleshoot and work autonomously.

  • The candidate will have a proven successful communication history with coaches, field users, and front office staff.

  • Proven experience working with baseball players, coaches, and baseball administrators on a day-to-day basis.

  • Ability to lead a positive-thinking and professional looking/acting grounds team.

  • Ability to work safely for long hours during baseball season in a hands-on role.

  • Proven ability to deliver top-notch baseball playing conditions (especially infield skin) in all weather extremes.

  • Proven team builder.

  • Herbicide certification, Pesticide certification and/or sod installation experience is a plus.

Physical requirements of the job:

  • Ability to lift/move/carry items weighing up to 60 lbs on a regular basis.

  • Ability to lift/move items weighing up to 75 lbs on an occasional basis.

  • Ability to use/operate typical groundskeeping hand tools, implements, and power tools on a regular basis, for long periods of time

  • Ability to work in a hands-on position in all weather extremes for extended periods of time.

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