Horticulturist – Chambers Bay Golf Course and Lake Spanaway Golf Course

KemperSports Management

About Chambers Bay Golf Course
Welcome to Chambers Bay, Washington States golf masterpiece a unique tribute to the historic links of Scotland and Ireland. This Washington state golf course is home to the 2010 U.S. Amateur, 2015 U.S. Open, 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, and 2022 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships, and is conveniently located just outside of Tacoma, in Pierce County. Less than an hour drive South from Seattle, this 18-hole championship golf course provides a traditional, links-style layout. This walking only, public resort links-style golf course provides that incomparable venue for large-scale tournament events as well as intimate private group outings.

A day in the life
You will oversee the landscape operations at Chambers Bay Grounds and Lake Spanaway Grounds by maintaining, preserving, and improving the ornamental and naturalized landscapes throughout the site-property.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Observes safety regulations, uses appropriate personal protective equipment, and performs all work in a safe manner. Ensures proper care in the safe use and maintenance of all vehicles, tools and equipment used.
  • Operate small power equipment and attachments such as string trimmers, hedge shears, leaf blowers, etc.
  • Operate equipment for hauling soil, leaves, plants, wood, and other items.
  • Remove litter and debris from grounds.
  • Assist with the maintenance, preservation, and improvement of grounds to include installing and maintaining basic grounds landscape plantings, pruning, mulching, and weeding.
  • Planting of plant material such as groundcover, shrubs, flowers.
  • May be required to carry a two-way radio.
  • Serve as a knowledge expert for their team by identifying specific plant care needs and strategies for the team’s assigned areas.
  • Evaluate existing landscape presentations and make recommendations for improvement based on aesthetic and horticultural knowledge.
  • Monitor clubhouse grounds and landscape beds throughout for overall plant health and watering requirements.
  • Develop IPM programs and be responsible for applications of pesticides and fertility treatments for ornamentals, and flowers.
  • Develop pruning plan that enhances the health and aesthetics of the landscape throughout the property.
  • Purchase and maintain nursery stock.
  • Maintain accurate records of horticultural fertilizer and pesticides applications and plant material.
  • Communicate (both verbally and in writing) with all levels of the organization while also exercising good judgement and effective decision making based on accurate and timely analysis.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible work schedule with the ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.

Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture (or related field, such as landscape architecture) with minimum of 3 years’ experience in the field or Associate Degree with 5 years of field experience.
  • Have or obtain a Washington State Pesticide Applicators License in Turf and Ornamentals.
  • Have a Master Gardeners Certification.
  • Extensive grounds maintenance background, horticultural experience, equipment operation and pesticide knowledge. (highly preferred)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of automatic irrigation systems, IPM, and pruning practices. (highly preferred)

$21.00-$24.00 hourly (DOE)

Full-time staffers:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • 401 (k)
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Discount on food and merchandise
  • Continuing education related to position.

KemperSports Management is an Equal Opportunity Employer