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Turf Equipment Technician
Chicago Highlands Club
Job Description:  The Turf Equipment Technician will work closely with the Golf Course Superintendent to develop and implement a comprehensive maintenance program that ensures the turf maintenance equipment fleet is in excellent working condition and maximizes productivity.  The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, and must be willing to work within a fast paced team environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Diagnose and perform major and minor repairs as needed in a timely manner
  • Perform spot checks on equipment in the field to ensure performance
  • Perform routine scheduled maintenance
  • Order / manage parts inventory
  • Maintain detailed service records to include all repairs, service, and associated parts and costs for all equipment
  • Assess condition of equipment fleet and make recommendations for replacements
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area


  • 1-3 years experience with small engines / auto repair
  • Previous experience with golf course equipment helpful, but not necessary (Training will be provided for specific areas that fall outside of general small engine mechanics)
  • Troubleshoot and repair:small engines, diesel, electrical systems, hydraulics
  • Welding / fabrication
  • Basic computer competency (Microsoft office)
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and management
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work in a manner that limits equipment downtime

This is a full time salaried position. 
Salary Range:  $60,000 - $70,000

Benefits:  Insurance, retirement plan with 3% club match, paid vacation and sick leave, uniforms, meals, golfing privileges, dues for local and national associations, continuing education opportunities.

Send resume, references, and cover letter to:
Josh Cull
Golf Course Superintendent
Chicago Highlands Club
Date Posted: 12/12/18

Job Title: Equipment Technician
Club/Course/Firm: Orchard Valley Golf Course
Address: 2411 W. Illinois Ave.
City: Aurora
State/Prov: IL Zip/Postal: 60506
Contact Name: Dan Stahl
Contact Address: See above
Phone:            (630) 907-8998

Educational Requirements: High School diploma, preferred.  Additional schooling in engine repair field preferred, but not required.
Job Description:

  • Mechanic will assist in maintaining course conditions, and irrigation system(s)
  • Must be highly organized, efficient and detail oriented maintain equipment repair logs  
  • Conduct an effective preventative maintenance program on all equipment 
  • Perform major and minor mechanical repairs on all golf course equipment /golf carts
  • Assist in providing a safe work culture and manage staff when called upon 
  • Perform general maintenance repair for the clubhouse and surrounding area

Job Requirements:

  • 1-3 years Mechanic experience
  • Knowledge of small engine repair
  • Experience in golf course equipment repair but not required
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to use equipment and tools properly and safely
  • Ability to inspect equipment and related component
  • Must be highly motivated, goal driven and self-starter
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Special Requirements:

  • Moderate exposure to extreme cold, heat, working outdoors, chemicals, pesticides, gasoline, vibration, mechanical hazards and electrical hazards. Work extended hours during golf season. 
  • Moderate physical activity including sitting, standing, walking, crouching/stooping/ squatting, crawling, twisting upper body, climbing and lifting an average of 60 lbs.

Salary Range:  $21-23/hour
Benefits:  Health/Dental/Vision insurance (employee co-share), paid vacation and holidays, sick leave, short-term disability insurance, 401(k) and FSA participation, golf privileges, and upside growth potential with our established and expanding company.

Date Available: 2/1/19
Comments:   Orchard Valley Golf Course is operated and managed by Billy Casper Golf.  Since 1989, Billy Casper Golf has successfully developed and managed golf courses for public agencies and private owners, growing into the most innovative and progressive golf course management company in the nation. Today the corporation’s reach stretches from Hawaii to Massachusetts, encompassing more than 140 managed golf facilities. Here at Billy Casper Golf, we pride ourselves on our team atmosphere. This position will focus on growth and the learning process of operating daily-fee and municipal golf courses. This is a great step for someone who wants to develop and advance their career within the golf course industry

Web Site Address:
Date Posted: 12/4/18

2nd Assistant Superintendent
By Rich Harvest Farms, Big Rock, Illinois, November 9

Rich Harvest Farms is looking for an individual that would like to experience, first-hand, all aspects of the Golf Course and Estate Management Industry at a Top 100 nationally recognized facility. We are currently looking for one qualified individual to join our team in 2019. The Second Assistant will work alongside the golf course superintendent and other assistants in all facets of maintaining the golf course to membership and tournament standards.

Rich Harvest Farms is currently ranked 88th in the Golf Digest Top 100 Rankings for 2017-2018. Rich Harvest Farms has been host to numerous professional and amateur tournaments, including the 2009 Solheim Cup, 2015 Western Amateur, 2015 Palmer Cup, 2017 NCAA Division 1 Championship, and will be hosting the 2019 Junior Western Amateur, the 2020 Big Ten Championship, and the 2021 Palmer Cup again, as well as the annual Northern Illinois Invitational, hosting some of the best college golf programs in the country.

Employment at Rich Harvest Farms is a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience in all aspects of golf course construction and maintenance that will provide the right individual a strong foundation to excel in the turf industry.

Educational Requirements
2 or 4 year degree/certification from an accredited university in turfgrass, horticulture, or a related field.

Experience Requirements

  • 1 to 3 years experience, preferably at a private club or high-end public facility. Internship experience acceptable.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Leadership and the ability to make decisions.
  • Knowledge of proper fertilization and pesticide application methods and ability to acquire Illinois pesticide license within 6 months of employment.
  • Drainage and irrigation experience preferred (Toro Lynx experience a plus, but not required).
  • Ability to operate common machinery used in daily course maintenance (mowers, tractors, etc.)

Job Benefits

  • Housing
  • Health/Dental after 90 days
  • Golf Privileges
  • Employee Meals in the off-season
  • Uniform Budget
  • Local and National Dues and continuing education expenses

Date Job is Available:  November 12
Salary:  $16.00-17.00 per hour + overtime

Job Application Instructions
Submit resumes and cover letters to Jeff VerCautren at with "Second Assistant resume" in the Subject line.
Date Posted: 11/21/18

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Chicago Highlands Club

Opened in May 2010, the award-winning Chicago Highlands Club was the first private family-oriented country club built in the Chicago area in over 80 years.  The club occupies 275 acres 15 miles west of downtown Chicago and is dedicated to the enjoyment of its members.  The 18-hole Arthur Hills championship golf course is the highlight of the club.  The course measures 7500 yards from the tips and boasts a Top 50 practice facility including a double-ended driving range with over 2 acres of grass teeing area, an extensive short game area with 4 practice greens and a three-hole short course.  The sprawling links style layout is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands and is unlike any course in the Chicagoland area.  With a premium being placed on course conditioning, Chicago Highlands Club has quickly become recognized among the elite clubs in the Chicago area.  The Club also includes a resort style pool complex, an indoor golf practice area, an extensive tennis facility including paddle tennis and a tennis clubhouse.  The clubhouse includes 4 bowling lanes, fitness and a spa facility. 

The Assistant Golf Course Superintendent (AGCS) will play an integral role in the development and implementation of all agronomic strategies to ensure that member standards for superior course conditioning and presentation are met on a daily basis.  Qualified candidates will display dedication to the profession and the desire to become a Golf Course Superintendent.  The AGCS will utilize exceptional organization, interpersonal, and communication skills to help plan, execute and supervise daily maintenance operations.  Beyond typical daily responsibilities he/she will be directly responsible for crew performance and morale with specific emphasis on employee training and development.  The AGCS will play a fundamental role in creating and maintaining a culture that strives for excellence.  This culture should be evident throughout every facet of the golf maintenance operation.  Dedication, attention to detail, accountability, and integrity are necessary character traits of the AGCS.


  • -           Scouting & course set up
  • -           Staff training & supervision / employee development
  • -           Chemical & fertilizer calibrations & applications
  • -           Irrigation scheduling, operation, troubleshooting  & repair
  • -           Hand watering & syringing
  • -           Project management
  • -           Budget & purchasing


  • -           Bachelors or Associates Degree in Turfgrass Management or related field
  • -           Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 graduates encouraged to apply
  • -           Two years of golf course experience with progressive responsibilities
  • -           One or more competitive internship(s) at high-end facility preferred
  • -           Spanish speaking skills preferred

Salary & Benefits:

  • -           $50,000 – $65,000 annually (commensurate with experience)
  • -           2 weeks paid vacation
  • -           Local & National Chapter dues paid
  • -           Opportunity to attend education conferences
  • -           Uniform allowance
  • -           Meals
  • -           Golfing privileges
  • -           Health insurance reimbursement
  • -           Retirement plan with club match

Contact Information:
Josh Cull
Golf Course Superintendent
Chicago Highlands Club
c – 859.983.6518
Date Posted: 11/15/18

Equipment Manager
Kemper Lakes Golf Club 

This position works closely with the golf course superintendent and/or assistant superintendent in developing and sustaining a comprehensive maintenance and repair program for golf course equipment.  The chosen candidate must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and a proud team member working to bring Kemper Lakes Golf Club to the next level in tournament golf.  Kemper Lakes recently hosted the 2018 LPGA PGA Championship. 

Job Requirements

  • Duties include, but are not limited, to the following:  
  • Maintain equipment in excellent working condition
  • Diagnose and repair equipment as needed
  • Adjust mowers correctly to the superintendent’s standards
  • Maintain a clean, organized work environment
  • Spot-check equipment performance on the course
  • Maintain detailed records for equipment and parts inventory, equipment condition, repair costs and preventive maintenance of all equipment
  • Oversee the shop area maintenance
  • Prioritize equipment repair and maintenance work 

Experience, Skills and Abilities

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in engine and/or auto repair
  • Golf course experience a plus
  • Ability to work under stressful situations
  • Ability to resolve problems/conflict in a diplomatic and tactful manner
  • Ability to effectively teach and train staff
  • Computer skills to update maintenance records and inventories
  • Ability to lead
  • Ability to work proactively relative to equipment maintenance and repairs to minimize equipment downtime and loss of staff productivity

Commensurate with experience.
This a full time position- year round 

Benefits:  Insurance, vacation, uniform, and golfing privileges.
Application Deadline – December 14th, 2018
Start Day- January 2nd, 2019

Send resume, references and cover letter to:
Michael Paciga
Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Golf Course Superintendent
24000 N. Old McHenry Road
Kildeer, IL 60047
(847) 540-7209
Date Posted: 11/14/18

Golf Course Superintendent
Valley Ridge Golf Course, Antioch IL

Starting date February/march 2019
Valley Ridge Golf Course is an 18 holes public course, roughly 100 acres, 6200 yards, seasonal crew of 4- 5 addition help.
Salary of $35,000-$48,000 year round salary, vacation time.

Job responsibilities will include:
Personnel management; participate in and recommend hiring of golf course staff and provide daily supervision including job assignments, performance appraisals, workforce development, and establishing priorities to ensure the success of the golf course maintenance department.

Golf course maintenance; oversees day-to-day care and maintenance of golf course and surrounding area; develops and implements integrated Pest Management Plan; maintains turf and grounds by including, but not limited to, mowing, snow plowing, edging, mulching, trimming, shoveling and pesticide applications.

Administration; purchasing; inventory supplies; assist with project management and priorities; maintain logs; prepare specialized plans, reports and audits; ensure relevant safety codes and regulations are followed.

Equipment maintenance; inspect and maintain all equipment and tools related to the performance of job duties.
Hand water, maintain irrigation system.
Take pride in the course, dedicated and dependable with the ability to work long hours and weekends.

2-3 year’s experience.
Hands on self motivated.
Illinois pesticide license or ability to obtain Time line for applicants: until filled

Main contact:
Jestun Gatz
Email resume to
Date Posted: 11/14/18

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
Wilmette Golf Club , Wilmette, IL 

The Wilmette Golf Club was originally designed by Joseph Roseman and opened in 1922. It has been owned and operated by the Wilmette Park District since November of 1972.  The Wilmette Park District oversees 300 acres of parks and facilities including Lake Michigan beach front, ice rink, tennis, paddle courts, pool, fitness center, and all related programs, camps, and activities. 

The Wilmette Golf Club is seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated team member who is willing to embrace all aspects of golf maintenance to enhance today’s golf experience. The ideal candidate will be motivated, resourceful, and innovative with a proven track record of driving results. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to adapt and problem solve while also successfully exercising independent thinking skills.   

  • •One to three years experience as an Assistant Superintendent or Assistant in Training
  • •Associates or Bachelor Degree in Turfgrass Science Management & Agronomy
  • •Demonstrated strong written, verbal,  interpersonal  & communication skills
  • •Excellent attitude with a bias towards action 

Why Work at Wilmette?
You will grow your knowledge base and expand your skills outside of Turfgrass science and work with administrative and recreational professionals within our organization. You will build relationships while designing your career aspirations and develop yourself and the core competencies that will help you succeed.  Your experience at Wilmette will teach you how to develop staff, manage performance, communicate effectively, strengthen your team building skills, and master the budgetary process. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • •Oversee all staff scheduling 
  • •Monitor staff performance through quality and quantity of work
  • •Supervise all capital improvement projects
  • •Assist in execution of all pesticide applications, scheduling, and record keeping
  • •Irrigation repair and scheduling (i.e. greens moisture management using hand held moisture meters)
  • •Work with Golf Course Superintendent in developing annual operating and capital budgets
  • •Participate in winter maintenance of equipment and cross country ski trail grooming

Compensation and Benefits:

  • •$45,000 - $55,000 -  Annual Salary, Depending on experience
  • •Health and Dental Insurance
  • •Participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
  • •Annual vacation and sick time
  • •Professional membership association dues covered
  • •The park district provides a comprehensive benefits package including access to all park district amenities and programs for you and your family 

Application Deadline
December 31,  2018 (phone conversations, and opportunities to meet staff and see the golf course will commence immediately)
Please Email Your Professional Paper Work To:
Nick Marfise
Golf Course Superintendent
Wilmette Golf Club
Date Posted: 11/8/18

Assistant Superintendent-Hinsdale Golf Club

Hinsdale Golf Club is a private golf club located in Clarendon Hills, about 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago. Hinsdale Golf Club is a family club that offers paddle tennis, tennis, skeet shooting and many other activities for the Membership. The property is 135 acres, with 30 acres of bentgrass surfaces on greens, tees and fairways. Also, the grounds department is in its fourth year for a 16,000 square foot, state of the art maintenance facility.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Superintendent will work closely with the Golf Course Superintendent on planning and implementing of the budget, capital expenditures improvements, pesticide/fertilizer programs and aggressive cultural practices to improve playing conditions for the Membership. Also, the assistant will schedule, train, hire, supervise all employees, scout the golf course on a daily basis, spray/spread pesticides, record keeping, use ASB job tracker to run an efficient operation, calibrate sprayers, maintain and upkeep the new maintenance facility, attend greens committee meetings, trouble shoot irrigation system, water management and must possess a pesticide license soon after being hired. Lastly, the candidate will be a great team leader and required to have fun at work and have excellent communication skills.

Medical, clothing allowance, 401(K) through the club with 4% match, meals, dues paid for local and national associations, attend GIS education conference, golfing privileges, year-end bonus.

Salary: $62,000-$70,000
Check out the Club’s website at:
Contact:  Please email resumes to Eric Willey, GCS at
Date Posted: 11/2/18

Equipment Technician - Grounds & Greens Department – Sunset Ridge Country Club

Course Description:  Sunset Ridge Country Club, originated in 1923, is a private club located in Northfield, IL.  In addition to the 18-hole golf course, other outdoor amenities include a practice range and short game practice area, swimming pool, eight clay tennis courts, winter skeet & trap range, and six platform tennis courts. Since 2004, the membership has invested over $20 million in improvements to the Club, including award winning renovations to both the golf course and Clubhouse facilities.  Currently, the golf course is receiving an $3.5 million irrigation system and bunker upgrade.  Annual Grounds & Greens operating budget is $1.4 million.

Job Description:  The Equipment Technician oversees a comprehensive preventative maintenance program, and reports directly to the Superintendent.  Current Equipment Technician is retiring this coming December.

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintains all golf course equipment in excellent working condition
  • Oversees the shop maintenance area, maintaining a clean and organized work environment
  • Keeps a complete set of records for equipment and parts inventory purchases, equipment conditions, costs of repairs and preventive maintenance for all equipment.
  • Performs routine equipment performance spot checks on the golf course
  • Instructs and/or trains golf course maintenance workers regarding preventive maintenance, and the proper cleaning of and safe operation of equipment.
  • Creates, implements, and oversees an annual winter equipment maintenance schedule

Qualifications:  Minimum of 2 years as a Head or Assistant Equipment Technician within the golf/grounds industry. 

Other Requirements:  Individual must recognize the importance of hard work, organization, flexibility, teamwork, and communication within the workplace.  Looking for a self-motivated individual that takes ownership of the position.

Salary Offer:  $70-80K, dependent on experience level                                

Benefits:  SRCC offers a full benefit package including paid annual vacation, bonus, 401K program with matching contributions, health insurance including dental and vision, golf privileges, uniform, lunch meal, and expenses for continuing education.  The Club also offers a college scholarship program for the dependents of Club employees. 

Position Available:  December, 2018
Contact:  Greg Rounds, Grounds & Greens Superintendent @
Date Posted: 9/26/18

Equipment Tech
Old Oak CC is looking for an Equipment Technician.  The position is available immediately.  
Please contact:  
Eddie Esgar
Golf Course Superintendent
Date Posted: 9/24/18

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent 
Arlington Heights Park District

$40,000 - $50,000
The Arlington Heights Park District operates two golf courses and a driving range. Arlington Lakes is a newly-renovated 18-hole course on the south side of town. Nickol Knoll is a par-three, nine-hole course on the north side of town. Sunset Meadows driving range is north of Arlington Lakes.

POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for performing a variety of daily, seasonal and/or routine golf course maintenance functions as well as oversee work crew preforming those functions.


  • Accountable to the Golf Maintenance Supervisor Assists in supervision of part-time maintenance staff at Arlington Lakes Golf Course, Nickol Knoll Golf Course and Sunset Meadows Driving Range in the absence of the Golf Maintenance Supervisor May lead a crew, as directed

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES • Performs all required tasks to maintain golf course tees, greens, fairways and bunkers • Diagnoses and controls weeds, diseases and insects • Applies fertilizer and fungicide, as needed • Submits reports to the Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor, as directed • Operates trucks, mowers, sod cutters, chain saws, hand and power tools and all other maintenance and mechanical equipment • Prepares and cleans beds, plants, trims, prunes, mulches, waters, weeds, stakes, fertilizes, rakes, shovels, digs, spreads wood chips, back fills and levels soil to complete and maintain grounds and complete horticultural projects • Operates tractors, mowing equipment and small engine powered equipment for mowing and renovation of golf courses and driving range • Loads, unloads and delivers equipment and supplies, as needed • Plows, shovels, snow blows, brooms and salts to remove ice and snow • Cleans, adjusts and maintains mowers, golf carts, tools and equipment • Cleans work site when projects are completed • Attends work on a regular basis • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, and the employee handbook • Maintains a clean and organized work environment • Additional functions as assigned which may be considered essential

SECONDARY JOB DUTIES • Maintains and makes minor repairs to automatic irrigation system • Changes pins and tee markers • Repairs and replaces pipe on irrigation system • Rakes and maintains sand traps • Renovates reel and rotary mowers • Grades and prepares base, lays sod and seeds tees, greens and fairways • Maintains weather and chemical application records • Maintains minor maintenance records • Repairs and adjusts equipment, mounts seasonal accessories and mixes 2-cycle fuel • Purchases supplies, as needed • Assists the Parks Maintenance Supervisors on assigned projects as needed

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE • Maintain knowledge of current and projected industry developments through continuous attention to industry periodicals and participation in approved trade associations and organizations • Good knowledge of horticulture and turf care • Good knowledge of the game of golf • Good knowledge of seeding and maintenance of turf used on golf courses and driving ranges • Good knowledge and skills in the use and maintenance of hand tools and grounds equipment, including but not limited to riding and hand mowers, weed whips, chippers, and chain saws, • Good knowledge of the hazards and safety of the work performed • Understanding of appropriate chemical disposal

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES • Capacity to safely operate a variety of maintenance equipment and machinery • Ability to clean, calibrate, make adjustments and perform routine maintenance on equipment • Capacity to safely dispose of various chemicals • Ability to work from blueprints, sketches and drawings • Ability to follow established Park District safety rules and guidelines • Ability to maintain positive and effective working relationships with fellow workers, patrons and the public • Ability to work around the public and golfers in public areas • Capacity to utilize effective time management skills to complete assigned work • Ability to follow through on projects from beginning to end without immediate supervision • Capacity to lead crews, solve problems and make project-related decisions • Ability to follow directions and communicate in English both verbally and in writing and to read and understand materials printed in English • Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations • Capacity to perform basic mathematical computations including measuring, calculating and estimating and the ability to measure with and read rulers and other measuring devices • Ability to pass the Park District’s Defensive Driving training within two (2) weeks of employment, in order to drive Park District vehicles • Strong knowledge of pertinent safety precautions • Ability to pass CPR and AED Certification with within six (6) months of employment

HOURS • Sunday through Saturday, 40 hours a week, with work hours designated by the Director of Recreation and Facilities • Overtime, night, weekend and holiday work hours, as required • Employee is considered to be on duty whenever the need exists

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING • AA/AS in a turf grass related field. BS or BA preferred • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in golf course maintenance with supervisory and/or management responsibility • Possesses or is working towards to obtaining IDA Public Pesticide Operators License within three (3) months of employment • Works toward acquiring a minimum of three (3) certifications or licenses from the list of electives below: • IDA Public Pesticide Applicators License • ILCA Certified Landscape Technician-Exterior (CLT-E) • ILCA Foreman Certification • IA Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT)

  • ISA Certified Arborist Related College Degree or Certificate Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS • Frequent and sustained sitting, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. • Heavy work, lifting up to 75 frequently with assistance, 50 pounds frequently without assistance and up to 20 pounds without assistance constantly

  • General work area is outdoors, with frequent exposure to natural and potentially extreme weather conditions while performing job duties Exposure to chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, cleaning solutions, solvents, petroleum products, etc. Exposure to mud, dirt, dust and decaying organic material Exposure to chronic infectious disease while performing routine first aid or emergency procedures Protective clothing and equipment is required as it pertains to the particular job duty: Ear plugs or ear covers Safety goggles, glasses or face shield Protective footwear, OSHA approved and meeting ANSI standards Protective gloves Rubber boots Hard hat Back brace Knee pads Protective suit or outerwear Chain saw chaps Protective clothing and equipment is required as it pertains to the particular job duty: Microshield Non-latex gloves

Jeffrey Everson
Closing Date:  October 5, 2018
Date Posted: 9/12/18

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