ASSISTANT IN TRAINING – WINCHESTER COUNTRY CLUB

Winchester Country Club, located in Winchester, MA is seeking a career-driven, enthusiastic Assistant-in-Training.

The Assistant-In-Training position is a collaborative one with the Golf Course Superintendent and Assistants. The position will strengthen the candidate’s agronomic knowledge, and course conditioning expertise, and prepare the candidate for an Assistant position at Winchester or wherever the candidate would like to progress.

Club highlights:

  • Maintenance budget – $2.26M operating budget
  • Maintenance Staff – 30 height of season: 12 year-round (including 2 mechanics), 7 seasonal (Mar-Nov), 8 summer (Jun-Jul-Aug), 2 part-time seasonal (rough mowers).
  • Future projects: 2025 Massachusetts Amateur, comprehensive drainage projects in rough/fairways by outside contractor starting 24′-25′, Architect Andrew Green hired as a consultant for future course modifications.
  • Equipment Type: Greens, Tees & Apps (Toro), Fairways (Jacobsen) but John Deere in 2025, Sprayers (Toro), Rollers (Agrimetal).
  • Irrigation type – Toro Lynx, HDPE piping

GOALS FOR THE POSITION:

  • Educate the individual on the basics and the continued expertise of turf management dependent on where they are on-course experience, as well as how the course is set up for play each day.
  • The individual is asked to absorb information about plant health, course conditioning, and course set-up and learn to understand operational logistics.
  • The position is designed to build the groundwork and establish a foundation of agronomics (plant & soil science), and infrastructure (drainage, irrigation piping, electrical components, pumphouse, buildings, transportation paths).
  • Be a part of course projects big and small, boost crew morale, understand weather and disease pressure forecasting and observations, cultural practices, moisture management, quality of cuts, and course set-up (tee marker locations, pin locations, green speeds, and firmness, shot selection, how the course is played through the golfer’s viewpoint each day, fescue/rough/bunker playability) to name a few.
  • The candidate will be immersed in educational and informative conversations relating to agronomics and course preparations with the Superintendent and Assistants.
  • The candidates will experience all aspects of what it takes to be a great turf manager, and to provide the membership with the best possible golfing experience through unmatched golf course conditioning daily.

SUCCESS TRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL:

  • The ability to focus on the details.
  • Taking initiative, and a sense of competitive drive.
  • A strong commitment to tasks completed on time and with care.
  • Affinity and desire to learn and absorb information.
  • Aspirational and having a vision for their career and set goals.
  • Sense of awareness and urgency, foreseeing operational objectives.

INITIAL PRIORITIES OF THE POSITION:

  • Communicate with the Turf Team (Superintendent and Assistants) on the details of general maintenance performed on course and clubhouse grounds
  • Work with the Greenskeepers on upholding the expectations of the Grounds Department.
  • Work side-by-side with the crew on their staff assignments at times to ensure productivity and efficiency with assignments
  • Be responsible for irrigation/water needs for all surfaces, the application and record keeping associated with plant protectants and fertility amendments with the trajectory of becoming an expert with plant health and conditioning

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • $21 per hour + OT
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Accrued PTO
  • Lunch Provided
  • Uniforms
  • Free Housing
  • Golfing Privileges

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2-3 years of golf course experience
  • Certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree preferred, but will consider those with the right attitude, work experience, and professional references.

ABOUT US:

Winchester Country Club remains one of the premier courses and exclusive clubs in the state, ranking 12th in Golf Digest’s Best In State. Featuring views of both the Mystic Lakes and the Boston skyline, this Ross layout remains intact, with help from Ron Forse Golf Design over the past few decades and most recently the consultation of famed architect Andrew Green for future updates to the course, providing both challenge and enjoyment for its members and their guests. The club has been awarded the honor of hosting the Massachusetts Amateur in 2025, so preparations will begin in the summer of 2024.

The workplace culture is friendly and professional, with a membership that is engaging and appreciative of the staff and the work completed.

To learn more, please visit – https://www.winchestercc.org/golf

Deadline to Apply is January 15th, 2023.