Racing Surfaces Engineer
TB Racing Surfaces
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Reports To: Senior Vice President, Standardbred & Thoroughbred Racing
Business Address: 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M9W5L2
Language of Work: English
Type of Employment: Full-time
Salary Range: $110,000 to $150,000 per annum based on 40 hours per week
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Defined Contribution Pension Plan, Paid Vacation, Life Insurance, Short-term and Long-term Disability
Telephone: 416-675-3993 ext. 3254
Mailing Address: Same as business address
The purpose of this position is to lead the Racing surfaces division for an effective and efficient maintenance of thoroughbred horseracing and training surfaces at Woodbine Racetrack. This includes direct responsibility for the overall management and day to day supervision of the racing surfaces maintenance staff, which includes unionized and non- unionized employees. Responsibilities will also include complete oversight of racing surfaces. This position will be responsible for the redevelopment of the horseracing and training track infrastructure related to the master plan for the Woodbine property.
1. Develop, manage and lead an effective Thoroughbred Racing Surfaces team to ensure the safety of all racing participants (equine and human), across all five racing surfaces at Woodbine Racetrack (racing turf and Tapeta courses, training dirt and turf courses). Support Woodbine’s position as leader in racetrack safety in North America by developing and executing racing surface operating plans that support Woodbine’s overall thoroughbred racing strategy.
2. Conduct and analyze soil samplings, penetrometer readings, doing stick readings to ensure optimal track performance and maintenance and communications with horse people and race office.
3. Develop and implement irrigation programs and fertilizing programs for new and mature turf racing surface.
4. Provide leadership, direction and ongoing learning opportunities to Woodbine thoroughbred track maintenance staff. Manage, assess, and monitor overall staff performance and identify areas for improvement, development, and additional training.
5. Manage the maintenance of all five thoroughbred tracks at Woodbine (racing and training), ensuring safety and compliance and readiness for racing and training. Make informed recommendations, by leveraging both quantitative and qualitative information, to the SVP, Racing on whether racing should be cancelled and provide back up and insight on the issue at hand in terms of track condition and safety.
6. Manage the capital requirement for heavy equipment– make recommendations to the Vice President, Operations Woodbine and SVP Racing on equipment and asset acquisitions to ensure world class racing and training surfaces are maintained for thoroughbred horse racing.
7. Manage the Thoroughbred Racing Surfaces staffing budget, financial reports, and goals/objectives with direction from the SVP, Racing.
8. Develop relevant business investment cases for the procurement of new equipment. Ensure business case development is factual with relevant metrics and ties to Woodbine’s overall thoroughbred racing strategy.
9. Develop and implement new tools and work procedures aimed at maximizing effectiveness and efficiency of the thoroughbred horse racing surfaces (training and racing) at Woodbine Racetrack while ensuring safety of all racing surfaces is a top priority.
10. Manage daily Track Log processes on all Woodbine track surfaces, with qualitative and quantitative information, ensuring accuracy and completeness of the data points collected.
11. Provide Track Log information to the Government Regulator, AGCO, and liaise on safety practices and any required investigations.
12. Liaise with the Director, Facilities & Property Services on storm water management and environmental requirements that impact thoroughbred racing surfaces. In addition, partner with the Manager, Fleet Operations to ensure operating equipment is in good working order and maintenance procedures are documented and performed as required.
13. Responsible for the assessment of operational staffing to efficiently and effectively meet the operational demands of all racing and training surfaces on a day to day basis. Make recommendations to on required staffing levels.
14. Consultation and implementation with Property Development team on the future state of training track surfaces at Woodbine, and project management of the rebuild of racing infrastructure and training facilities related to track surfaces.
15. Ensure all track surfaces equipment is in safe working condition and ensure staff are properly trained.
16. Manage the turf rail and fertilizer schedules for both the E.P. Taylor Turf Course as well as the Inner Turf Course in addition to the integrated Pest Management Program in collaboration with the Property Services department and Thoroughbred Race Office.
17. Ensure Horse Ambulance, Starting Gate & track lights are operational and in good working order for live racing.
18. Develop and maintain positive relationships with horse-people and other racing related personnel and stakeholders (Horsepeople’s Associations, Jockeys of Canada Guild).
19. Interpret, administer and implement the applicable Collective Agreement, organizational policies and Human Resource policies.
20. Exhibit and demonstrate and encourage Woodbine’s core values and beliefs. Trust in the Team, Be All In, Pursue Your Potential, Fuel the Fun, Be Bold,
· Expert knowledge of track surfaces (soils, turf, irrigation, weather systems) and related issues and machinery
· Expert knowledge of horses and the horse racing industry
· General to advanced understanding of the operational and regulatory structure of horse racing
· General knowledge of union contracts and employment regulations and human relations
· Advanced interpersonal, communication, leadership, organization and management skills
· Must be flexible and innovative
· Ability to multi-task in a fast paced and ever-changing environment
· Ability to make sound decisions on non-routine issues while considering multiple variables and outcomes
· Proficient with computer (Word, Excel)
· Experience with weather tracking software
Education and Experience
• Post-secondary degree in Agricultural Engineering or similar Engineering discipline
• Advanced training and education in the area of horticulture, grounds, and plant physiology, water engineering- irrigation water systems, soil conditions
• Requirement to be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
• 5 years’ experience managing grounds and maintenance staff in the horse-racing industry
• Experience with the professional maintenance of turf (grass) and dirt surfaces for horse racing competition purposes
• Experience managing a crew operating heavy equipment around active race horses