Groundsperson

Job Title: Groundsperson

Groundsperson

Groundsperson

Date: July 2021
Department: Estates
Reports To: Senior Groundsperson
Responsible For: N/A

Purpose of the Position:

The preparation and maintenance of Sports Playing Surfaces to a high standard to include cricket, athletics, tennis, rounders, rugby, football, hockey and lacrosse, as well as general estate duties as directed by the Senior Groundsperson

Departmental Information

The Grounds Department at Wellington are responsible for maintaining 33 hectares/81 acres of sports playing surfaces ranging from natural turf to synthetic grass and hard porous areas. This includes 14 winter pitches, and 2 hockey pitches on sand dressed artificial turf, hard porous netball courts and grass practice grids during the winter. There are also 9 cricket squares, 14 grass cricket practice nets, 14 synthetic grass practice cricket nets, a 4 lane 400m grass running track and throwing areas, rounders pitches and tennis courts on both synthetic grass and hard porous surfaces. We are equipped with well-maintained machinery to enable us to undertake our pitch preparation and repairs.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Cricket pitch preparation and maintenance; mowing, scarifying, rolling, marking and autumn renovation and ensuring pitches are protected from inclement weather.
  • All sports surface preparation including grass, hardstanding and artificial turf
  • Winter sports pitch preparation and maintenance to include sand dressed artificial sports surfaces
  • Mowing, aeration, scarifying and fertilising; tractor mounted and pedestrian machinery
  • Line marking; Initial setting out and mark and weekly over marking
  • Leaf clearing, litter picking and debris clearance
  • Strimming and pedestrian rotary mowing.
  • Goal post erection/dismantling, maintenance and storage.
  • Snow clearing and salt spreading.
  • Roping off and preparing for events.
  • To ensure all tasks are carried out safely and effectively with due regard to Health and Safety for yourself, staff, pupils and visitors as directed by the Head of Grounds
  • To operate machinery in a safe and effective manner in accordance with the operator’s manuals with due regard to Health and Safety instructions and Risk Assessments
  • To clean and maintain machinery and equipment to maintain good working order
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and tidiness of the Grounds storage shed and workshop

Person Specification

Education Attainment

Good basic education

Professional Qualifications

Previous groundsmanship experience. The Grounds and Garden Manager may from time to time, require the Groundsperson to undergo training relative to their role or related functions.

Knowledge and Experience

Essential 

Previous groundsmanship experience.

Experience of driving a tractor and machinery used to prepare and maintain sport turf.

Full and valid UK driving licence

Desirable

NVQ Level 2 sports turf (or equivalent)

PA1 and PA6A pesticide application certificates.

Manual Handling Training.

GMA/ pitchcare training.

Experience of working on cricket squares with dedication to maintaining high standards in this area.

Skills and Personal Qualities

Excellent communication skills to enable effective dialogue with colleagues, staff, visitors and where applicable, pupils.

Organised and self-motivated, with a proven record for meeting targets and deadlines.

Able to perform well and remain professional whilst under pressure.

The ability to work well as part of a team and able to work unsupervised.

Tactful and discreet, whilst mindful of observing Safeguarding and professional standards.

Displays a smart and professional appearance, representing the College in a positive manner.

Well-developed problem-solving skills.

Enthusiastic, with an eagerness to learn new skills and a commitment to personal continuous professional development.

High level of accuracy and attention to detail/ pride in work

Self-motivated.

Adaptable and flexible with working patterns when required/willingness to work additional hours as required.

Committed to contributing towards the College community.

Reasonable physical fitness.

Reliable, keen and resilient.

Able to work efficiently and responsibly.

To undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by the Grounds and Gardens Manager and / or Senior Groundsperson

Essential Values, Behaviours and Attitudes

All employees are expected to actively promote and demonstrate the five core values of the College:

• Kindness
• Integrity
• Respect
• Responsibility
• Courage

In addition, the College expects all staff to show ambition and display curiosity both personally and professionally.

The College reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the College business.

In exceptional circumstances, the Post holder will be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities of a similar post in order to support workload peaks, skill shortages, to ensure priorities are met. This will be sensitive to available resources and individual skills and will be generally in the same area.

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All employees are required to ensure that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the College Health and Safety Policy. They should take reasonable care for their own Health and Safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or do not do. Staff should correctly use work items provided by the College, including personal protective equipment in accordance with training and instruction