By Montgomery Parks,
- updated May 16
Do you enjoy working with data and inventory analysis in the Green Industry?
Are you highly motivated with an attention to detail?
Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced team environment?
If this sounds like you, The Montgomery County Department of Parks is the place you want to be! We are currently seeking motivated green industry professionals to join theMontgomery Parks Athletic Field Programas anAthletic Field Data Collectorwho enjoys collaborating with a team for improved community recreation and have an outstanding work ethic with great attention to detail. This position will focus on data collection using the latest industry tools for surface hardness, soil moisture, vegetation coverage, infiltration, and topography to measure current athletic field conditions and make recommendations for resource allocation.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery County Department of Parks system is a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, 424 parks and almost 37,000 acres of park land that serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. There is a robust team focused on athletic fields improvements. Reporting directly to the Athletic Field Project Manager, the Athletic Field Data Collector will work with the athletic field team on projects throughout Montgomery County.
DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology or status as a Veteran.
Salary: $15.25 – $23.63 hourly.
*Please Note: The salary range listed above represents the earning potential for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience
Examples of Important Duties
Athletic Field Internship:
The duties will include but not be limited to:
Understanding and practical knowledge of athletic field-testing equipment such as a Clegg Hammer for compaction, three ring infiltrometer for infiltration testing, soil probe and profiler for soil inspection and documentation, NVDI cameras (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) use and documentation, GIS (Geographic Informational Systems) data entry for documenting data collection locations.
Understanding and identification of desirable turf species (bermudagrass, tall fescue, bluegrass, ryegrass) for subjective percentages in a competing environment with annual grasses (goosegrass, crabgrass, poa annua) and broadleaf weeds (chickweed, clover, dandelion, broadleaf plantain, Japanese stilt grass, kyllinga, nutsedge, black media, Canada thistle, carpetweed, henbit, oxalis, prostrate knotweed, purslane, smartweed, wild garlic, wild onion, etc.) in a defined area.
Understand drainage patterns of current topography and have functional knowledge of a laser grading handheld unit for documentation of grade deviations on athletic fields.
Ability to document data collection using multiple software platforms using technical equipment as well as iPhone, iPad, and laptops.
Provide equipment calibration and maintenance support.
Must possess a valid Driver’s License and qualify to drive Commission vehicles to locations within Montgomery County.
May also perform skilled athletic field maintenance and renovation work involving moderate responsibility, complexity, and variety. Performs turfgrass related tasks such as baseball/softball infield maintenance, mowing, edging, aeration, seeding, nutrient management, and sod removal/installation.
Executes turfgrass work at the experienced level, involving operation of most equipment and specialized assignments requiring training and experience.
Operates a variety of equipment such as trucks, tractors with attachments (aerification equipment, seeders, rollers, sprayers, sprigger), sod installation equipment, zero-turn mowers, and walk behind aerification equipment.
Ability to understand and carry out verbal and/or written instructions effectively and efficiently.
Communicate with supervisor and other staff members any concerns and/or needs of the project or athletic field and equipment.
This position regularly performs work as a group but may occasionally work alone on projects.
May be required to drive Commission vehicles upon completion of defensive driving training.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Six years of experience and specialized education and training in skill area or college graduate with two years of teaching experience in specific skill area; applicant must possess appropriate certifications when applicable to position vacancy.
One year of outdoor landscape industry experience in lawncare, grounds maintenance, athletic field maintenance/renovation, or equivalent.
Coursework and relevant experience in turfgrass management, golf course management, agronomy, environmental science, landscape technology or natural resources management. Previous professional or volunteer experience with turfgrass, soils, or athletic fields preferred.
Desiring candidates with highly effective written and oral communication skills. General computer skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel, required. ArcGIS expeirence desired.