Golf Course Superintendent job wanted!

I’m going to dip my toe into the water again about this topic and explain some of my findings and help some people out. Some of you might have already read my side of the story in Golfdom, September Issue page 24, where I debate the topic of hiring superintendents for assistant superintendent jobs. It has been over 6 months since I posted that job posting heard around the world, “current and past superintendents will not be considered”. I’m not going to debate that anymore but today I’m going to give you some direction on where to look for job openings.

I have tracked the job postings for Golf Course Superintendent positions on GCSAA, Turfnet and on a great application on the the Iphone and web called Indeed. It is very interesting on what I have found. It seems like large employees like Troon Golf, American Golf, ClubCorp, Hyatt, and Century Golf never post a job on the GCSAA site. Why is that? Cost or the type of candidate they are looking for. They all want a Certified Golf Course superintendent but won’t post a job on the GCSAA site. These jobs are mainly posted on their companies web site and you have to dig thru many pages to find the job listed. Turfnet gets a 3 to 1 ratio over GCSAA for the jobs posted on the internet. They do a great job and it’s easy to find the information. Now we have another tool called Indeed. This application picks up all the jobs posted on the internet except the GCSAA postings. Indeed is a great tool, you can just search once and let it do the work for you. It will remember your last search and you can come back two days later and see how many new jobs have been posted.

Another thing I noticed is the large pay scale gap between the sites. GCSAA gets superintendent posting from a low $40,000 range to just under $200,000. Granted their have not been many of those lately, but there are still some out there. Turfnet is good for the $40,000 to $75,000 jobs and Indeed is about the same as Turfnet. So keep your head up and use this tool to refine your search. Follow Tim Moraghan’s advice and get your resumes up to date and on the launch pad. Good luck out there.

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