Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#LifeOnTheRoad - Batting Cage Landscaping

This is another post in a periodic series entitled #LifeOnTheRoad.  The background is simple. During my travels I encounter many grounds managers/coaches doing great things.  Because of this, I have started this series.  The goal - expose more grounds managers, coaches, architects, etc to areas of facility and sports turf maintenance that may be implemented into their facility/design.
In this post of the #LifeOnTheRoad series we travel to Frankfort Youth Baseball.  A simple installation of arborvitae takes a simple batting cage and makes it more visually appealing while also creating a future "batters eye".  Simple and cost effective.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

J&D Turf - Hiring for the SmartTurf Crew - Job Posting

Do you want to join the J&D Turf team?  Here is a opportunity as J&D Turf is currently accepting resumes for the position listed below.

Job Title: Field Technician

About Us
J&D Turf is a full service sports turf consulting, construction, renovation, maintenance, and distribution firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  J&D Turf is uniquely positioned to service the sports turf industry throughout the Midwest.  We are interested in hiring a new field technician for our growing sports turf division.  We are looking for candidates who are passionate about the sports turf industry, hardworking and eager to learn new skills in the field.

Education and Experience:
·       Associates degree in Sports Turf Management, Golf Course Management, or related field of study
·       Two years related experience or
·       Equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
·       Ability to perform mound, plate, and infield skin construction and renovation on softball and baseball diamonds
·       Ability to aerify, topdress, and seed both new and existing turf
·       Ability to spread granular fertilizer and perform liquid spray applications
·       Ability to learn in both direct and self-guided manors. Must be able to quickly master field construction and laser grading techniques.
·       Ability to complete physical labor and activities for up to 12 hours daily
·       Ability to professionally interact with customers on site
·       Knowledge of safe operational practices for both field and warehouse equipment
·       Working knowledge of the turfgrass sciences
·       Strong verbal and written communication skills
·       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Specifically Word and Excel.
·       Time management skills

·       Assist field chief in daily activities at same or separate job sites
·       Keep daily records of work performed
·       Load and unload trailers used at jobsites daily
·       Maintain and service field and warehouse equipment
·       Keep records of maintenance and service on equipment
·       Communicate with entire organization via e-mail
·       Successfully perform all tasks listed in project calculators

Job Expectations:
·       Willingness to travel long distances and work  long hours in various weather conditions at the discretion of your supervisor
·       Ability to work on weekends and stay over night at job-sites when necessary
·       Obtain and maintain Indiana Pesticide Business License Category 3b (certified applicator in turf pest control) *paid for by J&D Turf
·       Class A CDL license or
·       Valid driver’s license, good driving record and ability to obtain an Indiana Class A CDL license *paid for by J&D Turf

To apply:
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and name and contact information of three (3) references to :  Michelle Hancock michelleh@j-dturf.com
Annual compensation $ 35,000 - $ 45,000/Yr
High Deductible Health Plan
Health Savings Account
Website: www.j-dturf.com
Blog: janddturf.blogspot.com

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.  

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tricks of the Trade - Stainless Steel Eyelets for Backstop Netting

Looking to install a new backstop netting system?  Ensure that your installer is using stainless steel eyelets.  #NeverRust

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do I Need a Backstop Wall for My New Netting Project?

Below is a photo from Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN.  As you can see, there is no backstop wall.  This could save $10,000 or more to a backstop renovation project.  Does a brick/block wall provide that much value?

Go to j-dturf.com to learn more about J&D Turf.

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