YAKIMA, Wash. – With installation of a brand-new irrigation system at Yakima County Stadium nearly complete, the Yakima Valley Pippins are now accepting applications for the three-person turf management team that will care for the stadium this summer.
The team consists of a full-time, seasonal turf manager and two part-time seasonal assistants, who will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the baseball playing surface and the gardens and areas around the stadium.
“The new irrigation system at the stadium will help us with better water coverage and more efficient use of water and other resources we have,” Pippins general manager Jeff Garretson said. “But the key to taking full advantage of those tools is having a smart turf management crew that can respond quickly to challenges that arise suddenly or slowly over time. Attention to detail and addressing small items before they grow into big issues are important to maintaining a safe and beautiful stadium.”
Ideal candidates will have a background in turf management, landscaping, irrigation, and baseball operations, strong time-management skills and the ability to multitask.
“Naturally, fans see turf managers on game days when they’re doing prep work before or after games, but the bulk of turf work is actually performed when the team is on the road,” Garretson said. “That’s when repair and maintenance work really gets done.”
The turf management team will begin work on or around April 1 to prepare the playing surface for games in May. Position pay will depend on experience.
“Our partners at State Fair Park will be back out on the field in the next few weeks to complete clean up of the irrigation system install, and then we’ll hydroseed the areas that were disturbed during that work and start using the new system,” Garretson said. “With the mild winter we’ve had, we expect to get a few extra weeks of turf growth before the first games in late May, which will help combat against the heavy use the field gets in the summer.”
Those interested in applying for the turf management positions can do so at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PippinsTurf.