Lead Maintenance Specialist – Athletic Fields

    • Job Tracking ID: 513080-849728
    • Job Location: Centennial , CO
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 17, 2023
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Lead Maintenance Specialist - Athletic Fields

(Full Time, Non-Exempt)

Salary: $43,032 - $50,385 per year

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Athletic Fields Supervisor, this position is responsible for the day to day supervision of a crew engaged in the operation, maintenance and repair of all athletic fields and related facilities within the District parks. May be required to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and be on snow watch, as well as work shifts deviating from this position’s normal work days and/or with other work groups.

Essential Duties:

  • Ensures the safety of users of District athletic fields and play courts and keeps District liability risk at a minimum by maintaining play areas within the current safety specifications.
  • Plans, prioritizes, schedules, assigns and dispatches crews and equipment to maintain athletic fields and play courts to respective locations.
  • Coordinates directly with the Recreation Program, Facility Supervisor, and the Athletics Office for the scheduling of fields.
  • Conducts bidding and purchasing of materials, supplies and services necessary to maintain athletic fields and other District facilities, including working with vendors to ensure proper delivery and quality.
  • Assists staff with District sponsored events, making deliveries of materials and supplies necessary to meet the requests of facility rentals and work orders. This position requires the setting up and disassembly of event tents, tables, picnic benches and chairs.
  • Maintains all athletic fields including mowing, burning, spraying, dragging, lining, painting, replacing backstop boards, pouring cement base posts and chalking athletic fields.
  • Assists with hiring, training, directing, and inspecting work performed by part time staff; assist in providing or coordinating staff training; and assist employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Trains personnel in techniques for safe and efficient operation of equipment, tools, machinery, and work methods.
  • Conducts periodic observations and documentation involving decisions on the removal, renovation, repair or new design of all athletic fields and play courts.
  • Responds tactfully, respectfully and in a timely fashion to inquiries and problems in person, by email, phone and mail providing helpful information and explanations in-line with District policies and procedures. Thoughtfully handles confrontational or stressful interactions.
  • Completes personal timecard, daily activity reports and records as required. Attends meetings on safety, grounds, pesticides, capital construction, etc.
  • Preforms periodic inspections of all Athletic Fields and related Facilities.
  • Apply herbicides and pesticides.
  • Assist in snow removal, schedules crews as necessary for snow removal in designated locations.
  • Assist in layouts of athletic fields and courts.
  • Handles complaints from public and co-workers pertaining to District facilities. Assess vandalism in areas including filling-out reports, phoning police, etc. Assists with special events needs such as logistics, personnel, material needs, etc.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and orientations.
  • Attend work on a regular, reliable and punctual basis.

This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive duties of the position. Incumbents may be required to follow any other instructions, and to perform any other related duties, as may be required.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age with a high school degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of Parks Maintenance including the knowledge, methods, materials and equipment used in the care and maintenance of parks, athletic fields, play courts, and tennis courts, including welding, fabrication and proper use of chemicals and their applications.
  • Supervisory experience required.
  • A combination of experience and education may be considered.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Must have a State of Colorado certification for restricted use of pesticides, or the ability to obtain upon hire.
  • Must have a valid Colorado Driver License and a good driving record, or the ability to obtain upon hire.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize situations and goals to maximize available resources and problem solving skills in order to analyze complex problems and implement appropriate corrective actions.
  • Skilled in the use of maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to operate or receive training on various types of maintenance and construction equipment and willing and able to learn and then perform specific maintenance tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Ability to read and understand blueprints and instructional materials.
  • Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service and get along with coworkers, patrons, and supervisors and interact with employees and vendors in a professional manner.

Material and Equipment Used :

Mower, trimmer, various hand tools, trencher, tractor and implements, gas torch, irrigation pipe and fittings, electronic testing, locating equipment, motor vehicle, personal computer and other standard office equipment. This position regularly drives a District vehicle during the course of daily work. This position regularly drives a District vehicle during the course of daily work.

Working Environment :

This position requires work in a variety of settings including working indoors and frequently outdoors, daytime and night-time including in dark areas, subject to variable weather conditions, ecosystems, and landscape. Outdoor working environments can be wet, humid, and extreme in temperature variations. Regularly exposed to loud noises, dust, wildlife, and chemicals.

Physical Requirements :

Stand, walk, sit, manually manipulate, reach outward, reach above shoulder, bend, and lift up to 50 pounds. May occasionally climb, crawl, squat, kneel and lift up to 100 lbs. The employee must communicate clearly and effectively, must understand and be understood. The employee must be able to see close up and at a distance with vision and acuity and the ability to adjust focus allowing a broad field of vision.

This list is not all-inclusive and represents examples of the work environment and physical demands.


We’ve Got You Covered!

South Suburban pays:

  • 90% of the employee-only medical insurance cost
  • 68% of dental & vision insurance cost
  • 100% short-term & long-term disability cost
  • 100% life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance cost 

South Suburban offers:

  • FSA options for additional medical expenses

 Happy Employees Are the Best Employees

  • South Suburban provides an employee assistance program at no cost that includes: counseling, financial planning, legal assistance, and much more!
  • Our Employee Wellness Program gives covered staff the ability to reduce their medical premium by $360 annually

 Take Time Away to Do What You Enjoy

  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 4 personal days per year
  • Earn 11.5 paid vacation days per year
  • Paid sick leave to rest, recover, and take care of yourself 

We’ve Got Your Back

  • Up to 8% 401(a) Employer contribution/match that vests after 3 years of service
  • Diverse trainings to grow your professional and personal skillset
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program that covers up to $1,800 per year

Play Where You Work

  • Employee engagement is a priority at South Suburban. Staff gatherings have included: pictures with the Stanley Cup, Chili Cook-Off, Ice Cream Social, Shuffleboard Tournament, Employee Appreciation Luncheon, just to name a few
  • Monthly wellness challenge opportunities and staff recognition honors

We LOVE Our Facilities and So Will You:

  • Free daily admission to recreation centers, tennis courts, ice rinks and swimming pools
  • 50% off food at South Suburban restaurants
  • $5 to $10 for nine holes of golf at four different courses


To view a complete listing of the District’s most current benefit package, please visit


About Us

Our mission is to foster healthy living through stewardship of the environment, parks, trails, and open space by providing recreational services and programs.

We serve residents in Bow Mar, Columbine Valley, Centennial west of I-25, Littleton, Lone Tree and Sheridan and unincorporated portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties. We operate four full-service recreation centers, golf courses, outdoor pools and restaurants, two ice centers and miniature golf courses, a botanical garden event center, a BMX track, a sports dome, batting cages, an entertainment center, a hotel and a nature center. In addition, we maintain nearly 3,800 acres of developed and open space land, including 119 multi-purpose athletic fields, more than 100 parks, nearly 80 miles of trails, 60 playgrounds, 56 tennis courts, and the 880-acre South Platte Park.