Cabot Cape Breton in Inverness, N.S. is seeking a director of agronomy.
Reporting to the director of golf, the director of agronomy will be instrumental in building on the Cabot legacy. This leader will oversee the turf and property grounds departments.
The successful candidate will be trusted to oversee the development, operations and maintenance of Cabot Cape Breton golf courses and will be instrumental in providing an exhilarating golf experience by leading the team that provides care of the land through effective and efficient practices including, but not limited to, the use of irrigation systems and maintenance facilities.
The director of agronomy is instrumental in developing innovative, tailored agronomic strategies. That person will oversee the construction and improvement plans that enhance the golf experience, focused on conditioning standards and professional services that align with the Cabot brand. This position is accountable for achieving financial targets relative to the operations for which they are responsible, while serving to protect and enhance the land.
Provide agronomic direction for the care and healthy growth of golf courses, including grasses, trees, wetlands, and surrounding environmental structures.
Work in partnership with director of golf and the golf division to continually exceed guest experience standards, with a strong focus on providing firm, fast conditions.
Plan, develop, and execute all agronomic programs in compliance with the companies’ environmental protection policies, IPM Plan and Audubon Certification, while leading long-term, sustainable turf conditioning objectives.
Oversee improvements to the property’s maintenance facilities, on-course structures and nurseries.
Oversee effective coastal dune ecosystem management, repairing and mitigating coastal erosion and provide strategies to protect and enhance the natural coastline.
Coordinate golf course improvements, long-term plans, repairs and maintenance programs, while considering player access, golf season peaks and business volumes.
Assist with the planning and execution of new developments and take responsibility for the acquisition, installation, and evaluation of infrastructure relative to property landscapes
Inspire a team who works across turf and horticultural operations for Cabot Links, Cabot Cliffs, The Nest, practice facilities, resort and real estate grounds, wooded areas, tennis and recreational amenities, open spaces, plantings and gardens, exterior landscapes and hardscapes, etc to perform to the highest standard.
Provide clear and engaged leadership to all team members by actively connecting with a positive and team-oriented communication style regularly and openly with the intent of winning together.
Raise the bar on taking care of your team, working with Human Resources on employment activities such as personnel recruitment and selection, performance evaluations, training, compensation, payroll, etc.
Represent the Cabot Cape Breton brand with impact as a liaison in reviewing/determining future construction specifications, sanctioning of material testing and analysis, installation of infrastructure, including recommendations and requirements.
Build strong relationships with our managing director, general manager, chief financial officer and architects, among others, to complete all activities, interests, and requests
Develop and implement organizational efficiencies for the teams of superintendents and assistants, equipment managers, resort and landscape managers
Coordinate and oversee grounds personnel activities, while providing the framework to guide team members in their personal/professional development plans and the positive work culture.
Inspire colleagues to develop themselves and to coach their teams to enthusiastically perform to the highest standard.
Implement Cabot policies including operating procedures, human resources, safety policies and others pertaining to the property and maintenance of the turf departments and resort staff.
Attention to Detail
Ensure strict compliance with guidelines pertaining to provincial and federal legislation, regulations, permits, and licences.
Refine or adjust procedures relating to propagation, application equipment, and technological advances and climate required for product applications, planting programs, as well as data collection and analysis.
Oversee procurement of the equipment fleet and property assets for both golf and operational property maintenance, as authorized by the CFO.
Responsible for the preparation and implementation of operating and capital budgets. Assist with financial forecasts and analyzing budget variances directly with the CFO and controller(s).
Assure the efficient and timely submission of all required operational, financial, budgetary and record keeping reports in accord with financially approved objectives over outcomes.
Coordinate the hiring and schedule of work for contractors and ensure they are in line with the golf course and resort development plans to maximize efficient progress achievable throughout the construction phases.
Assemble and work with architects, consultants, scientists, engineers and affiliates with advanced expertise and unique skillsets
Maintain knowledge of current industry developments through continuous learning, attention to golf industry periodicals and participation in relevant trade associations and organizations
You possess strong awareness and curiosity about industry trends and technology to support growth and maintenance.
You are self-motivated, detail-oriented and highly analytical with exceptional problem-solving skills.
Your leadership skills include asking open-ended questions, excellent listening and intentionally connecting with your team members on a regular basis.
Degree or diploma in golf course/turfgrass management or a related field.
CGSA accredited golf course superintendent, GCSAA certified superintendent and/or working toward certification.
Previous golf course management/directorial experience within a multi golf course facility.
The ability to maintain a Nova Scotia Pesticide Applicators’ Licence and IPM Certification.
Demonstrated experience and competency in turfgrass agronomic practices and procedures.
Demonstrated experience and aptitude in the areas of fiscal management and personal leadership.
The passion and ability to coordinate agronomic strategies for golf courses and landscape departments.
Ability to analyze and solve problems, efficiently handle multiple duties under pressure with minimal supervision and willingness to work flexible hours as required, including early mornings, nights/weekends.
This role requires work outdoors in varying environmental conditions such as heat, cold, rain, snow and wind.
Ability to spend long hours moving, walking, sitting, standing, kneeling, reaching, shovelling and/or raking.
Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push or otherwise move objects.
Ability to work with and around motorized equipment movement hazards, and misdirected golf balls.
Utilization of audio/visual technologies for communication purposes.
Ability to work with and around pesticides, fertilizers, and registered products and to safely interpret and follow all product safety labels and instructions.
Closing Date is November 5.
To apply, see the posting here.