Agronomist, Mid-Atlantic Region

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.



Glen Mills, PA

Reports to: 

Director, Mid-Atlantic Region

Position Summary: 

To develop and disseminate agronomic, environmental, and economically sustainable management practices, based on science and practical solutions, to help golf facilities maintain better playing conditions through the USGA Turf Advisory Service (on-site visits, education outreach, research, support of USGA championships).   Varying degrees of travel are required for this position. 


What You Can Expect 


  • On-site Visits:
    • Conduct on-site Turf Advisory Service visits for the assigned region.
    • Handle all on-site visits and subsequent reports in a professional and timely manner meeting all of the departmental deadlines.
    • Return all on-site visit reports within 14 days of the actual visit.
    • Maintain a basic knowledge of state and federal EPA requirements and regulations.
  • Education Outreach:
    • Develop timely, well-written, and thorough articles and education products on agronomic and sustainability issues to promote the Green Section strategic priorities to a broad audience (e.g. course officials, superintendents, regulatory officials, golfers).
    • Develop the content and make presentations on agronomic and sustainability topics while advancing the Green Section expertise, outreach materials, and programs available from the USGA.
    • Provide input in the development of Green Section multi-media education products.
    • Review staff materials for editing and proofing before submitting for publication, as requested.
  • Research:
    • Remain current on the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program and other research being conducted by regional universities. 
    • Share pertinent research topics through Green Section education outreach efforts.
    • Keep the director of the USGA research program abreast of needed research and other research activities in assigned region.


  •  General Duties:
    • Maintain a fundamental understanding of the USGA strategic plan and goals for a culture of excellence.   
    • Maintain relationships with regional allied associations on agronomic-related issues and topics. 
    • Keep the Green Section managing director apprised of regional activities.
    • Assist with other departmental activities and projects, as assigned.



What You Bring to the USGA 


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and desire to provide high-quality progressive products and services for the organization.
  • Courteous and professional demeanor.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy, Horticulture, or related field preferred.
  • Golf course work experience desirable.


To Apply: 


Please click on the following link to apply, please upload one document inclusive of a cover letter, resume and writing samples: Agronomist, Mid-Atlantic Region.  The deadline for applications to be received is March 22, 2013.  

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