Cricket Groundsperson

New Zealand  

Fulltime permanent role OR Fixed Term Contract 1-2 years with extension options in the future.

Cricket Groundsperson

Cricket Groundsperson

Full charge role for Cricket Pitches

Central Auckland (New Zealand) Grammar School with strong sport reputation

Salary range 30 –  35,000 GBP

Recreational Services Ltd is the New Zealand operation of the Green by Nature group, who manage a range of landscaping, turf and facilities contracts across Australia and New Zealand.

With a specialist Turf Management business as part of the group and a highly collaborative team working across multiple contracts and projects, we are able to offer career opportunities for experienced and enthusiastic Groundskeeping and Turf specialists to work in New Zealand and Australia.

We are able to offer opportunities for those looking to relocate long term to New Zealand, or shorter fixed term contracts to offer a work and life experience in New Zealand.

We have a vacancy for someone to join our business in the position of Groundsperson – Cricket, commencing in Spring 2024 season.  An ideal opportunity to escape the northern winter.

Here’s some more details of the job below.   

As part of our commitment to upkeeping the grounds of one of New Zealand’s best known sporting schools, located in Auckland, New Zealand we are recruiting an experienced / qualified Cricket Grounds person to join our team.

The school with a role of 3200 students is well recognised for its high-quality sporting facilities and sporting success across many New Zealand secondary school sporting codes including cricket.

About the role

As the Cricket Grounds person, you will be responsible for a range of tasks to ensure the high-quality condition of the playing surfaces are maintained throughout the year and in top condition during the playing season.

A hands-on role with regular duties including mowing, rolling, fertilising, irrigation setup, weed eating, line marking, spraying, and ongoing monitoring of the playing surfaces and grounds.

The Cricket Grounds person’s role is a part of a more comprehensive contract we operate with the school. The importance of sport to the school makes this role a key part of our service contract. You will be well supported by your colleagues and the wider Recreational Services  team to ensure the job gets done to a high standard

We are looking for someone with:

  • 3 years or more hands on experience in cricket or sports ground preparation, renovation, and maintenance including operating turf machinery and tools. Cricket pitch experience is preferable, though not a deal breaker if your skills and experience include other turf environments.
  • Ideally an equivalent level 4 NZ Turf qualification with demonstrable experience in preparation and maintenance of cricket pitches and other sports playing turf. If you don’t have formal qualifications though believe you have the skills and experience to do the job we still want to talk to you.
  • A strong knowledge and passion for sports turf.
  • Self-drive to plan and execute work programmes to deliver the outcomes set for the cricket grounds and other areas of responsibility.
  • An ability to work autonomously, drawing on your professional experience and skills to ensure we meet our clients’ expectations and standards across all areas of cricket pitch facilities management
  • A full driver’s licence. NB: Our vehicles operate with a manual gearshift.

What we can offer you

A key role within in our school’s contract offering autonomy and opportunity to use your skills to create “ideal pitches”

As part of our wider team, you’ll have the opportunity to work with other Turf management professionals within our company in New Zealand and Australia, gain further knowledge and experience in your field of work, and build on your career experience.

A performance-based salary (salary range depending on experience from 30 –  35,000 GBP) that is reviewed annually, and an annual wellness benefit.

Regular work hours (40 hours per week)

A fully maintained work vehicle.

An annual tool allowance, and work phone.

About Us

In 2021, Recreational Services NZ came together with three of the most well-established landscaping businesses across Australia; Green Options, Super Gardens and Skyline Landscape Services. In October 2023, we combined to operate as a single brand, “Green by Nature”. Our Group purpose is to improve people’s lives by building, caring for, and maintaining remarkable green spaces that enable us all to do more of the things we love.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career and work with a company that has been an industry leader for over 30 years, apply now!

Register your interest by :

  1. Applying on our Recruitment site. Click here : Apply for Cricket Groundsperson role.   (Link address
  2. Send an email to Andrew at our Recruitment office – Include your contact details, resume and some background information on yourself and your work. We’ll get in touch to talk further about the opportunity and your plans to relocate to New Zealand.

Include a cover letter and details of your relevant qualifications.

Some more details on the items below will assist:

  • When you are able to move to New Zealand
  • Your eligibility for a work visa. i.e Are you eligible for a working holiday visa or would you require sponsorship to obtain a work visa
  • Any other relevant information to assist us with our recruiting processes. We’d like to know about your plans and motivation for moving to a new country.

Note, this role is based in Mt Albert, Central Auckland, close to the city and well served by public transport.

Schools and other public facilities are all easily accessible. Eden Park, the city’s international cricket venue is only 10 minutes drive away!!