The Town of Agawam is accepting applications for one (1) Golf Course Superintendent. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Salary range for this position is $70,521.59 - $89,337.59. This position will be available in January 2024. Preference will be given to applications received prior to January 2024. Full job descriptions for all available positions and applications are available online at https://agawam.ma.us/Jobs.aspx or in the Personnel Office, located at the Agawam Town Hall on 36 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.
The Superintendent is entrusted with the development and management of the golf course. The responsibilities are to supervise the construction, operation, maintenance and management of the golf course, to supervise the servicing and repair of turf grass maintenance equipment, to keep appropriate records, and to prepare budgets and reports. The Superintendent shall render sound and prudent professional advice, opinions, assistance, and services for the Golf Course Manager, Mayor and / or Golf Commission or Greens Committee as required.
The Superintendent shall report to be under the direct supervision of the Golf Course Manager (GCM). In the absence (or upon order of Manager) the Superintendent will report to the Mayor.
The Superintendent attends all Golf Commission and Greens Committee meetings. All comments, suggestions or complaints about the course maintenance or conditioning should be presented in writing to the golf commission president or the Golf Course Manager, who will discuss the matters with the Superintendent.
In all instances, the Superintendent coordinates operations with the GCM.
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The Superintendent assumes the responsibility for managing and maintaining properties which may include:
The golf course and practice areas;
Restrooms and potable water on course;
Open spaces, wooded areas, unused acreage and areas outside the perimeter of play;
Other golf related properties as specified in writing by the a GCM;
The parking lot and entryway road;
The construction, renovation and/or reconstruction of such properties, whether performed by maintenance staff, Agawam Department of Public Works, or outside contractors;
Provide the Golf Course Manager, the golf commission and the Mayor with any major course construction, reconstruction, or renovation plans as directed; and
Plans all maintenance and project work, applying his or her agronomic and administrative expertise to achieve the clubs maintenance standards and long-range goals.
Positions supervised and nature of associations with peers, golfers, media, and organizations, and supervisors:
Responsible for supervising Golf Course Assistant Superintendent, the Golf Course Maintenance Craftsman, Golf Course Laborers, and seasonal employees. These employees report directly to the Golf Course Superintendent during the season while working at the golf course.
Oversees the scheduling and assignment of personnel and equipment to accomplish the work. Frequently inspects the Golf Course and related areas to evaluate how well management standards are being achieved and to effect changes in management programs. At a minimum, conducts annual evaluations regarding all subordinates.
Subject to the direction and approval of the Personnel Director and the Golf Course Manager; interviews, hires, trains, directs, and supervises a staff of employees for the purpose of maintaining club properties. The Superintendent has the authority to recommend discipline of subordinates to the Golf Course Manager and may be granted disciplinary authority by the Golf Course Manager or Mayor.
Communicates regularly with the Golf Course Manager, Golf Commission, and Mayor, to discuss activities, goals, plans, and member/customer input.
Any communications with outside media, organizations, special interest groups, associates, etc., will be done only with the approval of the Golf Course Manager, the Mayor, and/or the Golf Commission.
Prepares the annual budgets for the maintenance and capital improvement of club properties.
Formulates the annual maintenance and capital budgets so as to implement Commission policies established in accordance with the clubs long-range plan and defined maintenance standards.
Attends all budgetary meetings as to provide valuable insight to any changes that may be deemed necessary.
Acquires equipment and purchases necessary supplies to maintain club properties.
Responsible for inventory control and oversees the equipment maintenance programs.
Approves all expenditures and exercises cost control measures to keep, as nearly as possible, operating and capital expenses in line with the approved budgets.
Must keep accurate and complete records on employees, payroll, inventory, weather data, maintenance procedures, pesticides applications, employee disciplinary actions, etc. This may also include expenses, employee training, work plans, pest populations, material applications, inventories, location of hazardous materials and MSDS sheets.
Prepare (once a year), a Golf Course Operations proposal, which will be reviewed by the Golf Course Manager, Golf Commission, and the Mayor.
Prepare proposals and/or cost analysis for the implementation of new products, equipment, staffing, construction, etc.
Required Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
A 2 or 4 year degree/certificate in agronomy horticulture / plant / soil sciences is required.
Experience in all phases of golf course management and turf culture.
Participating knowledge of the game of golf.
Thorough knowledge of the construction, establishment, and maintenance practices employed on golf course putting greens, tees, fairways, roughs, and bunkers; planting and culture of turf grasses used on golf courses; the planting, cultivation, and pruning of ornamental plants, shrubs, and trees; the characteristics and proper use of various fertilizers and soil conditions; pesticide control methods and materials; drainage methods; and watering practices and irrigation systems, including wells, pumps, and automatic controls.
Knowledge of construction and maintenance of the maintenance facility, restrooms, fences, bridges, golf cart paths, service roads, parking lots, ponds, and streams
Advanced knowledge of agronomy and turf grass management practices.
Working knowledge of golf facility construction principles, practices, and methods.
Thorough understanding of the rules and strategies of the game of golf.
High degree of administrative and executive ability, especially in terms of problem solving and decision making. The ability and desire to work harmoniously with management and subordinates.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of current federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting the management of golf course operations, including, but not limited to: employment, safety, and environmental standards, laws and regulations.
Participation in continuing education opportunities such as seminars, workshops, correspondence courses, field days, and trade shows.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly (2/3 or more total time) required to:
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects and controls such as those on telephones, adding machines and computers.
Talk and hear in person and on the telephone.
Reach with hands and arms, grasp objects, push/pull approx. 10-50 pounds, twist the upper body, rotate the wrist, and use finger dexterity writing and using the computer.
Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 total time) required to:
Kneel, squat, bend and lift in assisting dining room needs.
Sit for several hours - up to 5 hours at a time per shift.
Occasionally (up to 1/3 total time) required to:
Stand for several minutes up to 3 hours at a time per shift.
Walk for a distance of 10 to 40 feet up to 3 hours at a time per shift.
Ability to demonstrate the use of equipment used on a golf course for training of employees
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Working Environment and Expected Conditions:
The occupant is required frequently to work outdoors, occasionally in extreme weather conditions such as rain, snow, and hot/cold extremes. He/she is also exposed to gasoline and/or diesel fumes, cleaning chemicals, and high noise levels. The occupant is expected to have foul weather gear and rubber gloves when necessary. Steel toe protection is preferred. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
About Town of Agawam
Agawam Municipal Golf Course is a public championship golf course and banquet facility owned by the Town Of Agawam. The facility provides a great venue with a well-maintained Par 71 golf course in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. A short ten-minute drive from Springfield and a thirty-minute drive from Hartford provides easy access for our clientele. We feature four sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all skill levels with a pristine view of the area.
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