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Facility Operations/Event Staff: Grounds Crew/Turf Management
Lead Groundskeeper - Charlotte Motor Speedway (Concord, NC)

Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMax Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte is seeking to fill the position of Lead Groundskeeper. The Lead Groundskeeper is responsible for assisting with the repair and maintenance of all grounds, turf, and surrounding components at this first-class event facility by performing daily turf, dirt, parking lot maintenance and water management; event preparation, as well as short and long-term maintenance planning.  This position will report to the Head Groundskeeper.  The Lead Groundskeeper is accountable for assisting the Head Groundskeeper in maintaining a race surface turf that meets the guidelines and complies with and/or exceeds the high quality and safety standards set forth by management.

Primary Duties:

  • Under the guidance of the Head Groundskeeper, oversees the care and maintenance of the turf, ornamental plants, shrubs, trees and wetlands on the facility grounds.
  • Provides instruction and assists the labor staff on planting of new vegetation, the replacement, spraying, pruning and trimming of trees and shrubs, the preparation of soil plant beds for aesthetically pleasing arrangements, and tending to high stress areas.
  • Supervises and works closely with temporary staff to achieve and exceed daily goals and tasks.
  • Manages an aggressive water usage tracking plan and irrigation systems.
  • Assists with recruiting, supervising, and retaining maintenance staff.
  • Oversee subordinates in proper and safe operation and maintenance of mechanical and power equipment.
  • Participates and oversees the application and recording of chemical applications (fertilizers and pesticides) on the speedways grounds in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

Physical Demands

·         Ability to work in a variety of physical positions, including standing, walking, kneeling, bending, or sitting for extended periods of time.  This includes working in various surfaces such as turf, hillsides, campgrounds, asphalt, tree cover, etc.

·         Ability and preparedness to work year-round in various weather conditions such as extreme heat, cold, rain, ice, etc.

·         Ability to lift 50 lbs. of weight frequently throughout the work day.

Knowledge & Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of management and maintenance of sports fields and large facility grounds keeping.
  • Knowledge of use and operating standards of equipment and tools used in landscape construction and maintenance work.
  • Skill in supervising, training, monitoring, evaluating and motivating personnel.
  • Interpersonal skill to resolve conflict and work with supervisors, employees, guests and the general public.
  • Knowledge of safe use, mixing and application of chemicals and commercial products.
  • Knowledge of scheduling around the event business.
  • Must have the ability to work as part of a team and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness in the quality of work.
  • Ability to anticipate personnel, equipment, and material requirements related to facility grounds maintenance and repair assignments.
  • Ability to safely operate all equipment and machinery.
  • Consistently be at work on time, and follow instructions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years’ experience as a groundskeeper/grounds crew, landscaping crew lead, sports turf assistant, or similar turf and landscaping experience directly related to the position.
  • Valid Driver's License with a clean driving record.
  • Pesticide Application License or the ability to obtain in a set time period.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2-year Degree or Certificate in Turf Management (or related field, such as agronomy, horticulture, landscape management, plant science, soil science).
  • Pesticide Application License or the ability to obtain in a set time period.

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