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Groundskeeper Intern with FC Cincinnati in Cincinnati · OH

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About FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati is a professional soccer team that plays in Major League Soccer, having entered the league as its 24th team this season. The club’s ownership group is led by managing owners Carl H. Lindner III, 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. Originally founded in 2015 by Lindner III and current President Jeff Berding, FCC began play in the USL in 2016. The team currently plays its home games at the historic Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, and has started construction on a $250 million, privately funded, 26,000+ seat soccer-specific stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati that is expected to open in early 2021.

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

FC Cincinnati is seeking highly motivated interns for the upcoming 2020 Season.  Applicants are encouraged to have a turf background and or be currently enrolled or recently graduated from a 2 or 4-year university turf program.  Interns will be responsible for, but not limited to, all aspects of maintaining professional caliber playing surfaces and other tasks as assigned. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, professional, and capable of managing their work load and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced environment. Position is mainly at MHTC but will also be at Nippert Stadium preparing the field for game days.  Work schedule will vary and be up to 40 hours/week.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Assist the Head and Assistant Groundskeepers in the day to day operation of maintaining Mercy Health Training Facility and Nippert Stadium.
  • Tasks will include but not limited to, mowing, trimming, painting, fertilizing, edging and all other aspects related to maintaining professional caliber fields.  
  • Ensure that the playing surface meets MLS standards.
  • Able to work practices and special events and aid in decision making that affect field conditions.
  • Maintain effective daily operations and make suggestions for process improvements when necessary.
  • Ability to manage and protect highly confidential information on a consistent basis.

    Education and Experience
  • Interest in pursuing turfgrass as a career
  •  Currently enrolled or a recent graduate from a 2 or 4-year university turf program.   


Required Skills
  • Positive upbeat attitude.
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Able to work independently, with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work on a team to accomplish common goals.
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness 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.  
  • Excellent follow through and judgment.
  • Strong ability to multitask in a fast-paced working environment.

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to work in various positions, including but not limited to, stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time
  • Ability to push pull and lift 50 pounds of weight frequently throughout the work day
  • Ability to work in various weather conditions including heat, cold, and rain.

We are 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.

Job Questions:

  1. How did you hear about this job?

  2. Are you a West End Neighborhood, Cincinnati, OH resident?