A degree in turf management can open the door to a variety of career paths and opportunities that mix both sports and agriculture. From sports facility management to research and development, there are plenty of professions to suit all interest types. Below are some possible career paths in turf management.
Golf Course Superintendent
Golf course superintendents perform a variety of tasks around the golf course. Duties range from maintaining the grounds all the way to managing payroll. Superintendents can expect to oversee the maintenance of the turf, plant life, and the landscape quality. They are also responsible for the safe application of chemicals within the turf. These duties ensure that the golf course is in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. They also supervise the maintenance staff, conduct necessary reporting, as well as develop budgets and plans for future projects.
Please explore the following links for the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America and TURFNET.
Sports Turf Management
Sports turf managers take care of athletic fields or sports complexes for high schools, community parks, horse tracks, polo clubs, tennis courts, or cricket clubs. They ensure that the field is safe, aesthetically pleasing, and ready for play. Sports managers regularly make inspections of the field and can be relied on to solve immediate field issues.
Please explore more on the Sports Turf Manager Association's website.
Lawn Care Manager
Lawn care managers deal with both residential and commercial clients. Not only do they oversee the landscape project but they also meet regularly with homeowners to discuss plans. Job duties include mowing, fertilization, pest control, and renovation projects. Lawn care managers may also design walkways and lighting, as well as water system installations.
A grounds manager typically takes care of the grounds at recreation facilities, apartments, colleges, universities, theme parks, resorts, or cemeteries. They are responsible for maintaining the institution's landscaping by pulling weeds, planting flowers, mowing, and trimming hedges. Many of these large landscape management companies hire our graduates.
Follow this link for more information from the Professional Grounds Management Society.
Sod Production Manager
Sod production managers are responsible for growing, harvesting, and selling the sod used in turf projects. Some duties include operating heavy machinery to cultivate the sod, testing soil, and managing the harvest. Many producers own and operate their sod farm.
Learn more from Turf Producers International.
Sales and Service
Careers in sales and service deal with the selling of equipment related to turf management. Sales associates must have an in-depth knowledge of turf equipment, including machinery, chemicals, and seeds, among others. The best candidates for sales and service careers should also have an understanding of the turf needs of various sports.
Plenty of non-sports related career options are also available in research and instruction. There are careers in research and development pertaining to the creation of new types of fertilizer and methods of producing the best turf. There are also teaching opportunities at technical school and at the university level. Students who pursue a graduate degree can work as a consultant for sporting centers and other landscaping industries.