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Senior Director of Sports Turf & Grounds

The Denver Broncos are one of the most popular franchises in all of sports. Whether judged by the measure of wins and championships, attendance, national television exposure or by the Broncos' reputation locally and throughout the NFL, there are few parallels in the world of professional sports. We are dedicated to being champions in all that we do - whether on the field, in the community, or at the workplace. We are looking for employees who are passionate about what they do, have fun doing it, and proud to represent the Denver Broncos Football Club and Empower Field at Mile High.

We are excited to hire a Sr. Director of Sports Turf & Grounds. This position will oversee the day-to-day management of all sports fields and site Turf managers/directors. Employ best management practices in all phases of responsibilities to maintain entire property at the Training Facility and the Field at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium to the highest of standards to ensure the property is in a safe, functional, and presentable manner for all users and visitors of the property.

Responsibilities include: Oversees the Management of the Sports Turf Program at Training Center and Empower Field at Mile High by:

  • Ensuring upkeep of three natural grass playing fields and one synthetic playing surface at training facility and one grass field at stadium, while adhering to NFL guidelines and policies

  • Supervising cultural practices to include mowing (height and frequency), irrigation use, fertility programs, plant growth regulators, fungicide applications, seasonal renovations, over-seeding, topdressing, weed control, pesticide applications, turf grass covers, inclement weather procedures etc. for both sites

  • Ensuring seasonal soil and water testing procedures are completed and results are properly analyzed

  • Monitoring all associated field maintenance logs; chemical application and field usage logs; and MSDS manuals are kept up to date by both site Turf Managers

  • Overseeing playing field painting operations

  • Collaborating the coordination of playing field layout schedule according to seasonal use with Turf Manager and Football Operations

  • Administering budgets created by both Turf Managers and monitor its execution

  • Approving purchasing of all equipment, materials, and supplies required for maintenance of sports fields at sites as it applies to approved budgets

  • Monitoring the management of playing field hydronic soil heat systems and SubAir system

  • Coordinating field use with Football Operations and Stadium Operations for non-football events on playing surfaces and larger scale events as it pertains to the stadium field

  • Overseeing the operation and maintenance of company owned equipment and vehicles

  • Ensure monitoring of adverse weather conditions in conjunction with VP of Security, Senior VP of Operations, Football Operations, and Coaching Staff; communicating directly with 3rd party weather prognosticators (Skyview Weather) and relay all pertinent information as necessary as it pertains to facility and stadium practices

  • Communication with Head Coach, GM, SVP of Operations, Stadium GM and Senior Director of Facilities, Construction and Planning on all player safety issues and concerns in a timely manor

Oversees the management of the landscape maintenance at Training Center by:

  • Monitoring the maintenance of property landscape, including but not limited to, all fine turf areas, native grass areas, planting beds, trees, and shrubs to ensure appearance is of organizational standards

  • Supervising the implementation of cultural practices to include mowing (height and frequency), irrigation use, fertility program, tree and shrub care, annual flower beds, seasonal renovations

  • Administer the Developed budget for grounds maintenance and monitor its execution

  • Approve purchasing all equipment, materials, and supplies required for maintenance of all landscape areas as it applies to approved budgets

  • Monitor Grounds Managers Negotiation of outside contracts for mowing and weed control in native grass areas as well as tree maintenance services and parking lot sweeping / cleaning

  • Monitor the maintaining of all landscape maintenance logs; chemical application and fertility logs; and MSDS manuals

Directs site and grounds maintenance at Training Center by:

  • Oversees the Management of all snow removal operations for the Training Center by assisting Turf staff in executing collaborated plan

  • Approving purchasing of all equipment, materials, and supplies required for snow removal operations as it applies to approved budgets

  • Coordinate with others on parking lot maintenance and repairs – negotiate all outside contracts as required

  • Oversees the development and implementation of strategies to control flow of sub-surface ground water and storm water run-off

  • Monitor the maintenance and repair of all drainage areas including detention ponds and sediment basins, replacing damaged concrete and pathway areas, curbs, and gutters as well as maintaining all perimeter fencing, gates, and walls on property

  • Approve waste management services coordinated by Managers with outside contractor for all on-site receptacles for Turf and Operations

Manages various projects related to turf, landscape and grounds maintenance by:

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of project plans, including but not limited to design, permitting, timelines, storm water/erosion control, sod/field replacements, etc.

  • Budget management

  • Overseeing all work to ensure quality standards and expectations are met

  • Providing support to SVP of Operations as well as Broncos Ownership on large scale projects

  • Assisting other departments with projects as they pertain to playing fields, landscape areas or other areas on the property of the Training Center

Performs game day responsibilities by:

  • Assessing game field conditions for all home and away football games including potential weather impacts on the playing surface

  • Ensuring all game day field operations are in compliance with NFL Rules, regarding field set-up, weather, and tarping policies – all issues reported to NFL and Broncos’ personnel

Leads, directs, and manages department staff by:

  • Supervising and motivating Sports Turf and Grounds staff to ensure all football playing surfaces and Training Center property meet NFL standards and team expectations


  • Bachelor’s degree in Turf Management, Horticulture, Agriculture, or related field

  • 5+ years management experience with Projects and Staff management

  • Experience in department and project budget development, implementation, and management

Preferred expectations:

  • 5+ years management experience in cold weather climate turf management

  • Thorough knowledge of turf grass science and management, landscape management, parking lot and sidewalk maintenance, computerized irrigation systems, and hydronic soil heating systems

  • Sports field and/or golf course construction experience

  • Project and/or Property Management experience

  • Snow removal operations and management experience

  • Adept at operating and maintaining industry-standard equipment

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Ability to work closely with all members of the organization, with high level of commitment

  • Must work flexible hours including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays

  • Must have ability to work in adverse weather conditions

  • Must have the ability to maintain confidentiality

In accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the expected salary range for this position is $115,000 - $130,000. This position will be located both at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium and at the Training Center in Englewood, CO and must be available for a flexible schedule and to work all Broncos games and nights/weekends as needed.

When applying, please include your resume and cover letter.

The Denver Broncos Football Club offers a robust suite of benefits for our Staff including: affordable Health, Dental & Vision coverage, Basic Life and AD&D Insurance, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts, Sick/Personal time, Vacation time, 401(K) matching program, Paid Holidays, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program, and more!

This job posting will remain open until we have identified an adequate applicant pool. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

The Denver Broncos Football Club is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative of the organization.