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Supervisor, Sports Fields and Turf

  • 20 Jan 2017
  • 05 Feb 2017
  • City of Guelph


Supervisor, Sports Fields and Turf

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life - all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job Summary:

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Supervisor of Sports Fields and Turf within the Parks and Recreation Department of Public Services. Reporting to the Manager of Parks Operations and Forestry, the successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of maintenance related to sports fields and courts, and designated turf areas. The functions performed in this position are in accordance with established standard operating procedures, departmental and corporate policies, sound construction and turf/sports field management principles and practices, and applicable codes, with a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes. Guided by the goals and objectives of the Corporate Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.


  • Supervise turf maintenance (and establishment, as required) in parks, boulevards and road sides, storm water facilities, and sports fields
  • Supervise maintenance of sports fields and courts, including sports infrastructure set-up and maintenance (painting, lighting, re-surfacing, nets, lines, benches, backstops, etc.) central irrigation control, integrated pest management practices, and turf cultural activities (fertilization, aeration, etc.)
  • Supervise preparation for and oversight of all tournaments/sports special events
  • Ensure work of staff and contractors is performed safely, effectively, and efficiently, and in accordance with City or departmental standards, industry best practice, specifications, policies, procedures, and legislated requirements; develop/revise/implement standard operating procedures and guidelines as required
  • Recruit, train, develop, motivate, manage and evaluate staff (Full Time, Contract and Seasonal); review employee performance on a regular basis and take supportive/ corrective/ disciplinary action, as required
  • Develop work plans and schedule work according to priorities
  • Track, analyze and report on operational performance, activities, and costs; recommend and implement program changes to achieve higher levels of safety, service, and efficiency
  • Respond to, investigate and follow up with inquiries/requests for service/complaints from the general public, residents, emergency services, other departments, senior management and members of Council
  • Develop and implement short and long-term maintenance and renewal strategies for the portfolio of turf and sports-related assets and inventories including the development of condition assessments for future repair and replacement to ensure safety and well-being of staff and public
  • Schedule and oversee procurement of required services, materials, and equipment (including specification development and service contract audits) in support of both operating and capital projects
  • Manage contracts and contracted services with suppliers and vendors, including price negotiations, in accordance with the City’s purchasing by-law
  • Execute both capital and operational budgeted retrofits on a timely basis, in accordance with the Guelph master plan and budget, and also in response to proactive inspections (keeping current with relevant  legislation and building codes)
  • Assist with the development of operating and capital budgets; responsible for Sports Fields and Turf budgets
  • Pursue granting opportunities as appropriate (application, delivery, reporting)
  • Ensure materials and equipment are available to execute work plans
  • Oversee the provision of documentation and evidence supporting the City’s risk management, insurance and legal representatives in addressing damage or liability claims against the corporation
  • Active participation in professional and community committees; network with permitted user groups and special event organizers on a wide range of Parks related matters
  • Keeps current with ongoing technical and procedural evolution in the fields of parks, sport field construction, integrated pest management , turf management , winter control activities and all related equipment
  • Participate in the on-call rotation, including regular after hours supervision of winter maintenance operations within Parks
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Considerable knowledge and expertise related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a degree in Landscape Design/Construction, Horticulture, Parks Management, Turfgrass Management, or related field and progressively responsible experience in turf and sports field management, preferably within a municipal environment showing progressively accountable positions. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Ministry of Environment Pesticide License(s) required
  • Integrated Pest Management Accreditation required
  • Demonstrated leadership skills acquired through progressive experience supervising staff or leading work teams, preferably in a municipal unionized environment
  • Experience procuring and managing contracted services to ensure compliance with specifications, regulations and policies
  • Proven knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Highway Traffic Act, and the Ontario Traffic Manual’s Book 7 for temporary conditions, Pesticides Act, and other applicable legislation
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders and the general public
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to resolve customer inquiries/complaints effectively
  • Able to work well under pressure and function effectively in a high volume workplace with competing priorities and time restraints
  • Fundamental skills in Microsoft Office- Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • CSA Z462 electrical safety training; Joint Health & Safety Certification and experience with mobile data devices, CLASS, GIS, JD Edwards or WAM (synergen) are considered assets
  • Must obtain and maintain Standard First Aid, CPR and AED certification
  • Valid Class “G” Driver’s License with a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their license is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.
  • This position will require attendance at meetings, events and other functions beyond normal business hours – requires a flexible schedule, must be prepared to work rotating shifts including evenings and weekends.


$71,657.81 - $89,572.26(per year)

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Sunday, February 5, 2017. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.


To access the online application system, please visit the job posting listed on http://guelph.ca/employment-careers/ and click on the “Apply for this job” icon. Instructions will follow.

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer.



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