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Athletic Field Maintenance Intern - Temporary Part-Time Position
No benefits offered

The University of Portland is a National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I institution and West Coast Conference (WCC) member. This position provides support for the care, maintenance, and renovation of all intercollegiate athletic fields and grounds at the University.

This is a temporary, part-time & part-year, non-exempt, hourly position (generally 29 hours or less per week) without benefits. However, this position does accrue sick time consistent with Oregon state requirements. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)

The full job description is available at: http://bit.ly/AthFieldMnt

This posting was posted on January 15, 2020, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Assist in all maintenance practices: mowing, aeration, topdressing, overseeding, grooming, and other related areas.

Participate in fertilization and equipment calibration, including granular and foliar.

Participate in field renovations, including fraze mowing and grow-in.

Assist with irrigation scheduling and repairs.

Assist with equipment operation and maintenance; equipment includes mowers, utility vehicles, tractors, blowers, etc.

Participate in game day preparations, including mowing of patterns, marking and painting, field setup, and other related areas.

Display professionalism and engage in active learning.

Other duties as relevant to the duties of the position or as assigned by supervisor or supervisor’s designee.

Please note that the above list of duties is not comprehensive but generally demonstrates the types of matters under this position’s purview and responsibility.

Education and Experience

Required: prior experience and/or education directly relevant to the duties of this position; basic understanding of principles and concepts related to turf grass management.

Strongly Preferred:  Degree or working towards a degree in Turf Management, Agronomy, Plant Science, Horticulture, or equivalent discipline.

Or a combination of equivalent education and/or experience.

Certificates and Licenses Required

Required: active driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Excellent problem-solving skills. Proactive in identifying, preventing, and resolving issues.

Excellent attention to detail.

Ability to work effectively in team settings as well as independently.

Ability to constructively receive and act on supervisory direction.

Strong orientation towards continued learning and applying learning in the work setting.

Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Professional demeanor and ability to establish effective working relationships, professional rapport, and effectively accomplish work within a University setting that includes a wide array of individuals, groups, policies, and processes. Ability to work effectively with various constituencies including students, the general public, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other members of the UP community.

Competence with and commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to be an effective partner with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn NCAA (or other sport governing body) rules and regulations applicable to athletic fields and grounds.

Ability to use and learn computers, technology, software, and applications at the level of sophistication required for the duties of this position, including, without limitation, Microsoft Office and the internet.

Physical Requirements

Frequently: while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, bend, twist, use fingers and hands to handle materials and tools or equipment, and reach with hands and/or arms.

Frequently: the employee must frequently lift, move, or use items or equipment ranging from ten to fifty pounds with or without assistance.

Frequently: the employee is regularly required to use field maintenance equipment such as mowers, tractors, loaders, blowers, and string trimmers.

Occasionally to frequently: the employee is required to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

When lifting is required, employees are asked to use good judgment, make safety a top priority, and ask for assistance of others or of equipment as necessary.

Working Conditions

Hours of employment: Position requires working long, irregular, and flexible hours, including regular business hours, mornings, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as necessary, as well as attendance at home events. Sometimes attendance at away events may be required.

Work related stress: Stress from work related situations such as those involving competitive, challenging, urgent, or time?sensitive matters.

Overtime: Overtime hours may be required with little or no notice.

Other: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions (wind, rain, cold, heat) and risk of electrical shock. This position works with vibration causing tools or equipment. The employee may sometimes be exposed to high, precarious places, blood borne pathogens, and caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

*All University of Portland positions require the ability to use and/or learn to use in a timely manner current or new technologies, software, and applications at level of proficiency and sophistication required for duties of the position. In most situations, the necessity of learning, using, and/or supporting new technologies, software, and/or applications does not change a job description nor make the position one that involves higher level duties.

Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.

Supplemental Questions

1. Why are you interested in this position at the University of Portland?

2. What are your areas of work-related strength? What are work-related areas that you would like to improve?

3. Please explain what diversity, inclusion, and equity means to you. Please describe your education and work-related experiences applicable to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Cover Letter, References, Resume, Supplemental Questions

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: https://www.up.edu/disclosures/nondiscrimination-policy.html.