Monday, December 5, 2011

Attention Turf Students, Now Accepting Applications

This is a first for me, posting an Internship opening on my blog, but what the heck, why not?  Every year Turfgrass students have the opportunity to work on our staff and learn valuable experiences, experiences that will hopefully, add to their viability in the job market down the road.  Our staff usually consists of 1-2 students from the United States as well as an International Trainee.

The Minikahda Club Grounds Department has been host to 8 trainees in the past 11 years.  Trainees have come from Scotland, South Africa, France, Germany (3) and this year we hosted a Trainee from China.  This is actually this trainees second tour to The Minikahda Club.  Hao Wang, aka Tony, first joined us in 2008 as a complete greenhorn, but we enjoyed Tony so much in 2008 and he enjoyed his experience as well so he came back to learn from us for a 2nd time.  International turfgrass students interested in an opportunity to learn here at The Minikahda Club or in the United States can contact Communicating for Agriculture, ( in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  They can assist you with placement as well as the application process.  We really enjoy the experience the International trainees bring to our staff and it can become an excellent learning experience for both parties.  With the friendships I have made I also see it as a great way to set up my future world golf tour ;)

Turf students interested in a internship, please read the post below:

The Minikahda Club is a private, 18-hole, Donald Ross design golf course, entering our 114th year of operation.  In 2003 the club finished a major restoration project that included rebuilding tees, bunkers, green expansions, and the installation of a new irrigation system.  Currently the club just completed a $1.2 million renovation of our practice facility and tennis courts.

Must be currently enrolled in a 2 or 4-year turf program.
Previous golf course experience
Interns will be required to obtain a Minnesota pesticide applicators license which will be paid for by the club.


Free golfing privileges,
Attendance at local MGCSA events as well as fees paid for MGCSA membership.
Excellent working environment
Quality learning experience
An opportunity to work at one of the finest country clubs in the country.

Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in a majority of aspects in our maintenance operation.  We have developed an extensive training program that will allow the trainee to gain the practical experience needed to get a head start in the business.  You will have one on one opportunities with me as well as my assistants and have every opportunity learn as much about the business as you desire. 

The application deadline is January 15th, 2012
If you have questions regarding our program, please call me at 612-926-4167.
Cover letter, resume and references should be mailed or emailed to:

Jeff Johnson
Golf Course Superintendent
The Minikahda Club
3205 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN  55416


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