Groundsperson

A vacancy has arisen for a Groundsperson to work as part of a small team maintaining the sports facilities at the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields on Wimbledon & Putney Commons. The Playing Fields and Pavilion are home to rugby, football and other sports teams. A number of local schools have agreements to use the facilities. The successful applicant must have experience of maintaining sports pitches as well as excellent customer service skills. Experience of operating a variety of machinery and equipment, including ride on mowers, tractors, line markers and power tools, is essential, as is a full driving licence.

Groundsperson

Purpose of post:
To work as part of the Grounds Maintenance Team, helping to ensure (a) that the sports pitches and surrounding land are maintained to a high standard and (b) the safety of users of the Playing Fields and Pavilion. To undertake the work required to ensure (as far as reasonably possible) that the sports pitches are prepared and in good condition for the uses for which they have been booked.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

Purpose of Post:
To work as part of the Grounds Maintenance Team, helping to ensure (a) that the sports pitches and surrounding land are maintained to a high standard and (b) the safety of users of the Playing Fields and Pavilion. To undertake the work required to ensure (as far as reasonably possible) that the sports pitches are prepared and in good condition for the uses for which they have been booked.

Grounds Maintenance:
1. Carry out grounds maintenance/management work to ensure that the sports pitches are maintained to a high standard and in line with best practice, including mowing and turf management, line marking, drainage, spraying, installation of goal posts etc.
2. Maintain the REMPF in a clean and tidy condition at all times, including emptying litter bins, picking up general litter and removal of fly tipping.
3. Working with the Maintenance Team where necessary, assist with the installation, maintenance and repair of bins, seats, signs and other site fixtures.
4. Undertake basic maintenance on vehicles, machinery and equipment being operated by the Grounds Maintenance Team are maintained (a) in line with manufacturers’ specifications and (b) in a safe condition.
5. Undertake basic maintenance and repairs to the Pavilion and surrounds e.g. painting, fence maintenance.
6. In the absence of the Grounds Manager, assist with the supervision of contractors undertaking grounds maintenance work and work to the Pavilion.

Visitor Engagement:
7. To be a point of contact for users of the REMPF in order to provide information, deal with queries and respond to requests.
8. Where appropriate, support events and other activities that directly engage the public in the management of the site.

Health & Safety/Equalities:
9. Follow organisational safety procedures and use safe working practices specifically with regard to the wearing of correct Personal Protective Equipment, and adherence to COSHH and Risk Assessments, reporting accidents and near misses to line manager.
10. Actively seek to implement the organisations Occupational Health and Safety Policy in relation to the duties of the post, and at all times give due regard to the health and safety of both themselves and others when carrying out their duties.
11. Assist with ensuring that contractors undertaking grounds maintenance work are working in line with Risk Assessments, method statements and other agreed safety procedures, reporting any concerns to the Grounds Manager.
12. Deal with minor byelaw infringements on the Playing Fields and report any serious infringements for action by the Keepers.
13. Actively seek to implement Equal Opportunity’s and the objective to promote equality of opportunity in relation to the duties of the post.

General:
14. Maintain an up to date knowledge of sports pitch/grounds maintenance and undertake training as required.
15. To undertake any other duties that may reasonably be requested appropriate to the grade.

Essential requirements:
• Previous experience of working in a similar role
• Experience of operating grounds maintenance machinery and power tools
• General knowledge of grounds maintenance
• Sound understanding of Health and Safety legislation, standards and procedures
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Good team worker
• Positive, professional attitude

Desirable requirements:
• Appropriate qualifications relevant to the role
• Knowledge of machinery maintenance
• Good general DIY skills
• Experience of maintaining artificial cricket surfaces

To apply:
For more information and an application form, please see our website www.wpcc.org.uk. Completed application forms should be returned to Wimbledon and Putney Commons, Ranger’s Office, Manor Cottage, Windmill Road, Wimbledon SW19 5NR or emailed to rangersoffice@wpcc.org.uk by 22nd November 2017.

Type:
Full time, permanent

Hours:
40 hours per week. Post holder required to work every other weekend during the football/rugby season and one weekend in four during the remainder of the year.

Closing date:
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 – 12:00pm

Salary:
Starting salary £23,873

Region:
South East

Email:
rangersoffice@wpcc.org.uk

Web site:
http://www.wpcc.org.uk

Telephone:
020 87887655