Athletic Fields & Facilities Assistant

About Mount Mercy

Mount Mercy University is a Catholic, coeducational University founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928 enrolling approximately 1800 students. The University offers a variety of liberal arts, professional, accelerated and graduate degree programs on a picturesque campus overlooking the city.

Position Summary

Mount Mercy University is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Athletic Fields & Facilities Assistant. This is a full-time, non-exempt (hourly) position.

As a member of the Maintenance and Grounds staff at Mount Mercy University, you are responsible for maintaining the physical plant and the grounds of the university at the highest level possible. This position requires but not limited to:

The care and maintenance of all of Mount Mercy athletic fields and related facilities on Campus. In addition to outdoor field maintenance, building maintenance of the Rinderknecht Athletic Center and Rinderknecht Administration Building are included. Other duties include general maintenance, renovation/deferred maintenance projects, and snow removal.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Two-year degree in Landscape and Turfgrass Management or related field is preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in grounds maintenance work is preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a Mower and other machinery.
  • Must understand/be familiar with preventive maintenance.
  • Must be able to lift or move 50 lbs.
  • Possession or willingness to obtain certification for turf and ornamental application of chemicals.
  • Availability to work on-call rotations.

Duties and Goals

  • Plan and schedule daily, weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance on athletic fields and indoor facilities.
  • Oversee and maintain indoor and outdoor facilities throughout the year, including general maintenance (plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and lighting).
  • Schedule and maintain irrigation systems.
  • Mow, aerate, spray, paint and weed eat grass areas.
  • Brooming artificial fields including maintaining wear areas.
  • Work closely with coaches to prepare fields for games.
  • Operate and maintain various types of equipment including mowers, skid loader, weed eaters, chainsaws, golf carts, scissor lift, power tools and basic hand tools etc.
  • Perform general labor, may include lifting to 50 lbs. or more.
  • Maintain landscape areas by mulching, pruning, planting, and weeding.
  • Keep grounds free of litter and debris.
  • Perform duties in accordance with OSHA regulations.
  • Maintain pesticide applicator certification.
  • Manage with snow removal as needed.
  • Assist in managing daily facilities operations.
  • Make necessary repairs and maintain athletic apparatus, such as metal cages, nets, goals and equipment for baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, track and volleyball.
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures related to assigned areas.
  • Oversee the upkeep and preventive maintenance of assigned facilities.
  • Assist in maintaining building security and report problems to appropriate authority.
  • May supervise students and provide guidance to staff who work in assigned areas.
  • Maintain regular and consistent attendance at work.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe.pdf attachment to with the subject line “Athletic Fields & Facilities Assistant” Paper applications will not be accepted. Position will remain open until filled.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to support Mount Mercy’s mission as a Catholic university providing student-focused education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Mount Mercy University welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service. Mount Mercy University is an equal opportunity employer and smoke-free campus.