USGA JOB POSTING
UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
Title: Championship Agronomy Support
Location: USGA Headquarters, Liberty Corner, NJ
Position Time Frame: May through August, 2020
Are you looking to join a dynamic team that works together to promote and conserve the true spirit of the game of golf? The United States Golf Association promotes the health of a game that inspires, challenges, and rewards like nothing else can.
An Internship working with the USGA Green Section focusing on championship agronomy is a great way to gain exposure to golf course maintenance practices at the highest level across a variety of golf courses around the United States. The candidate will travel to several of our championship sites over the course of the summer to support agronomic preparation for USGA championships. This will provide an opportunity to make connections with many industry representatives that may provide future career benefit. The USGA strives to provide the best player experience for our national championships and the agronomic component of course conditioning is a key part of forging this experience.
The selected candidate will work with Green Section agronomists, USGA Championship directors and golf course superintendents in implementing the desired course setup for respective championships. The intern will also help with daily data collection for putting green speeds and firmness.
What you can expect:
Provide support for the USGA Team responsible for “inside the ropes” championship preparation. Areas of responsibility (include but not limited to):
- Provide oversight for agronomic preparations for the assigned USGA championships
- Help with the collection of putting green speed and firmness data on a daily basis to confirm maintenance regime is providing the desired results
- Learn to use our Championship software to chart hole locations
- The opportunity to interact with several departments within the USGA to understand the game of golf at a national level
- Experience turfgrass maintenance in different regions of the country and the different agronomic practices that are used based on grass types and other factors
What you bring to the USGA:
- Currently enrolled or have completed Bachelor’s degree (Graduated between 2017-2020 in Turfgrass Science or related field or Professional Golf Management)
- Ability to travel for extended periods potentially including holidays and weekends to provide championship support.
- Effective communication skills (verbal and written) with a wide variety of individuals and involved in the game of golf
- Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
- Willingness to start work early in the morning and work into the evening as needed.
- General knowledge of daily golf course preparation is a plus
About the USGA:
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer