Assistant Groundskeeper (Mercy Health Training Center) - FC Cincinnati (Milford · OH)

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Facility Operations/Event Staff: Grounds Crew/Turf Management
Job Title:  Assistant Groundskeeper, Training Facility
Reports to:  Groundskeeper, Training Facility

About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer, having entered the league as its 24th team in 2019. The club’s wide and diverse ownership group is led by controlling owner Carl H. Lindner III; as well as managing owners Meg Whitman and Dr. Griff Harsh; Scott Farmer; and George Joseph. MLS invited Cincinnati to the league as an expansion team in May 2018, giving the club one of the fastest run-ups to its first-division launch in league history – 277 days from invitation to its first game. The team previously played its home games at the historic Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, while its $250 million, privately funded, 26,000-seat soccer-specific stadium is constructed in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati.  

Opening May 1, 2021, TQL Stadium, FC Cincinnati’s home, is one of the most ambitious soccer-specific stadiums in not only North America but the world. Critically acclaimed global design firm, Populous, designed an innovative and forward-thinking stadium that is one of the largest soccer-specific facilities in Major League Soccer (MLS). The $250 million, privately funded stadium has a capacity of 26,000, with the closest seats within 15 feet of the field. The design includes 53 traditional suites and 4,500 premium seats throughout four premium club spaces. Additionally, the team’s famous supporters’ section, The Bailey, will grow to be more than 3,100 strong and loom over opponents at a 34-degree angle at the stadium’s north end. A 360-degree canopy roof covers every seat in the stadium, but still allows sufficient sun in to grow a natural grass field. The stadium has five team locker rooms, including a comprehensive team suite for FC Cincinnati that features a dressing room, coaches offices, lounge, equipment storage and the Mercy Health Center of Excellence for the team’s medical and game day fitness needs. TQL Stadium meets all current requirements to host CONCACAF and FIFA events, featuring top national teams from around the world, including the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, as well as the world’s top club teams for friendlies.  More information about the stadium is available at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or visit the stadium’s website:

The team also opened the state-of-the-art Mercy Health Training Center (MHTC) in Milford, Ohio. Designed by MSA Sport, the $30 million, 24-acre facility includes three full-size, lighted soccer fields – including two stabilized natural grass surfaces and one synthetic turf surface – as well as a goalkeeper-specific training area.  The MLS team is housed in a 30,000 sq. ft., multilevel building abutting the fields, while the FCC Academy teams utilize a separate 4,000 sq. ft. wing of the building. Additionally, there is a 3,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility on the property.  In the design process, the MSA Sport design team benchmarked training grounds across the world, including the best in Europe, South America and Asia. The goal of the design meets the original goal to develop one of the premier and most progressive team facilities in Major League Soccer and North America.

Position Summary
The Assistant Groundskeeper, Training Facility is responsible for assisting and maintaining the integrity of hybrid grass and synthetic surfaces at FC Cincinnati’s Major League Soccer venues. The role will also aide with any landscaping and ornamental needs. The role is charged with assisting FC Cincinnati’s agronomy team and providing safe, consistent, and aesthetically-pleasing fields. This position reports to the Groundskeeper, Training Facility. This is a salary nonexempt role.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Assist the Training Facility Groundskeeper in the day-to-day operation of maintaining the Mercy Health Training Center’s (2) two full-size Eclipse stabilized natural grass-hybrid turf systems, 1 half-size goalkeeping area utilizing the same Eclipse system, and 1 full-size synthetic turf field
  • Aid in preparing the TQL Stadium’s full-size Eclipse stabilized natural grass-hybrid field for all FC Cincinnati matches and special events as necessary. TQL Stadium is equipped with a state-of-the-art field ecosystem including the use of 7 SGL grow lights and an AirPAT natural grass rootzone management system 
  • Implement sports turf management best practices, such as aerification, fertilizing, integrated pest management, and tarping, to align with First Team and Academy training schedules at MHTC
  • Record maintenance of chemical applications
  • Conduct testing procedures for performance control to meet MLS standards
  • Able to work games, special events, and aid in work that affect field conditions
  • Maintain effective daily operations and make suggestions for process improvements when necessary
  • Paint and set up the field matching prescriptions that align with Major League Soccer, and/or other requirements
  •  Ability to perform functions around weather and multiple training schedules
  •  Maintain a safe and pristine work environment for front of house and back of house areas of responsibility via proper storage of chemicals, and cleaning of equipment and work spaces
  •  Ability to manage and protect highly confidential information on a consistent basis
  •  Represent FC Cincinnati and its related affiliates in a professional manner at all times
  •  Perform other related tasks as assigned
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Horticulture or Plant Science required
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in turf grass industry, preferably in soccer
  •  Member and participant in the Sports Turf Managers Association preferred

 Required Skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and procedures
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to accomplish goals under strict timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to independently seek proactive solutions to problems and situations before and/or after they arise
  • Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Calendar
  •  Positive upbeat attitude
  • Effective personal communication to team members and coaching staff
  •  Ability to work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as necessary
  •  Ability to work well within a team to accomplish common goals
  •  Ability to demonstrate accuracy and precision in quality of work
  •  Ability to consistently be at work on time, follow instructions, respond to management directions, commit to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals and complete necessary tasks
  •  Desire for growing knowledge base of all turf grass related topics
  •  Excellent follow through and judgment
  •  Strong ability to multitask in a fast-paced working environment

FC Cincinnati is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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