Groundsman

Dunstable Town Cricket Club is based in the picturesque Chiltern Hills. It boasts four Saturday XI’s and three Sunday XIs and a thriving colts section.

Groundsman

The Club are looking to recruit a new groundsman with ambitions to match that of the Club. The position will start at the beginning of April 2018 shadowing the existing groundsman for one month.

Objectives:
• To provide excellent quality cricket pitches for league cricket, friendlies, junior fixture, external bookings and practice sessions
• To ensure the effective maintenance and development of the nominated amenities and playing surfaces for club members.
• The upkeep of the ground, outfield, boundary fence and areas around the pavilion and car park
• To prepare and maintain the football pitch.

Main duties:
• Sole responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of cricket square, outfield, grass, non-turf net areas.
• Prepare, implement and monitor weekly, monthly and annual maintenance programmes to ensure the required standard of playing or practice surface.
• The upkeep of the ground, outfield, boundary fence and areas around the pavilion
• To estimate the resources required for work projects and to make recommendations on best use of playing surfaces, including production of a costed annual ground budget.
• Have a developed awareness of Health and Safety regulations. Possess a sound understanding of legislation relating to chemicals and dangerous substances under COSHH. Ensure safe working practices at all times.
• Undertake basic equipment maintenance of equipment and to ensure all equipment is correctly maintained and serviced.
• Ensure ground equipment is kept securely to prevent theft and to maintain an inventory of equipment.
• Conduct basic risk assessments, make recommendations and respond to emergencies
• Preparation of the ground for other sports events and recreational use as directed.
• Maintenance to a good standard of the remainder of the ground, including the ground surrounds, car park, sheds and the pavilion area.
• Maintenance of sightscreens, score-box, football pitch and dugouts, storage areas such as the groundsman’s shed etc.
• Develop, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, a programme for the maintenance and improvement of the playing surfaces (crickets square and outfield) and surrounding areas
• Ensure a backup person is trained and available to carry out the work in the event of injury or other circumstances.
• Liaise with Bar Manager and Fixture Secretary for external pitch bookings

Pavillion duties:
• To be a formal keyholder for the Club and to open up for planned events.
• Open bar store gate to allow weekly delivery of bar stock
• To ensure that the pavilion is open for bookings if the Bar Manager is not available.
• Light maintenance work: to be done largely in winter, as part of a jobs programme agreed with the Chairman.

Members and customers:
• To listen to and communicate effectively with, all members and customers;
• Notifies Football Managers, Cricket Captains and Fixture Secretary when the ground is not suitable for cricket

Health and safety:
• To adhere to the Health and Safety policy
• Have a developed awareness of Health and Safety regulations. Possess a sound understanding of legislation relating to chemicals and dangerous substances. Ensure safe working practices at all times.
• You should be familiar with current HSE guidelines concerning ‘Working Alone’.

General duties:
• To contribute to the positive and professional image of the Club;
• To portray a positive image, both internally and externally by displaying high standards of service, integrity, punctuality, politeness and professionalism;
• Not to act in such a manner as to bring the Club into disrepute;
• To display respect and discretion to the Executive Committee, supporting and implementing all management decisions and policies;
• Attend committee meetings as requested and provide a progress report on maintenance and development of the ground and future plans
• To undertake any other duties appropriate for the grade and responsibilities of the post that may be reasonably requested from time to time.

Person specification

Suitable qualifications:
• Completed IOG training level 1&2 and working toward IOG Level 3 training on management
techniques and principles to produce a safe and consistent surface.
• National/Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 2 Sports Turf Maintenance; or IOG National Technical Certificate; or BTEC First Diploma/First Certificate in Horticulture; or National Certificate in Turf Science and Sports Ground Management; or City and Guilds National Certificate in Horticulture.
• No less than 2 years prior grounds person experience, involving the preparation and maintenance of cricket squares and outfields.
• Clear understanding of relevant Health and Safety legislation.
• Formal training in manual handling and risk assessment.
• A valid driving licence.
• PA1 and PA6 Spraying Certificates
• Enhanced DBS

Desirable: 
• Pavilion maintenance skills and experience.
• Understanding of the pitch requirements and playing of the games of cricket and football
• Institute of Groundsman membership holder.

Holidays: 
• 28 Days (20 days plus 8 days for bank holiday in lieu). By agreement. No holiday to be taken during the Cricket Season April until end Sept.

Applications: 
Applicants are invited to apply for the position, providing a covering letter, a CV and completing the job application form. Closing date for applications is 10th November 2017. Applicants must be available for interview during the evenings of the week commencing 20th November 2017. Applications should be sent to Ian Keogh, Club Chairman, Dunstable Town Cricket Club, Lancot Park, Totternhoe, Beds, LU6 1QP. Or emailed to treasurer@dtcc.org.uk.

Hours:
40 Hours per week average over 7 days. Flexibility must be shown as in the summer months, it may be up to 60 hours a week, but in the winter months less.

Closing date:
Friday, 10 November 2017 – 12:00pm

Salary:
Salary package is negotiable

Email:
treasurer@dtcc.org.uk

Web site:
http://www.dtcc.org.co.uk