Sports Turf Grounds Operative

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Salary: Up to £30k depending on experience

Sports Turf Grounds Operative

Sports Turf Grounds Operative

Uppingham School is looking for a committed, experienced, and passionate Sports Turf grounds operative with a strong knowledge of machinery and sports pitch maintenance to join us on a full-time basis.

As a Grounds operative, you will play a key role in maintaining our grounds and school pitches, ensuring our sports fields are safe, functional and visually appealing. This will involve a variety of tasks including mowing, fertilising, aerating, irrigating, repairing turf surfaces and maintaining artificial pitches/courts. In addition to this, you will be responsible for managing equipment, completing scheduled maintenance activities, and liaising with other staff or stakeholders to support field usage.

You will need previous experience of sports ground maintenance and associated work, including experience of marking pitches, mowing, aerating, fertilising and weed control. You will also be capable of using a range of machinery and equipment.

Qualifications including PA1, PA2 and PA6 spraying certificates and an NVQ Level 2 Sports Turf qualification or similar is desirable, but not essential.


In return Uppingham offers a community that values people. We are warm, compassionate and mutually supportive. This is reflected in our working environment and the benefits we are able to offer:

  • 50% contribution to premiums for the School’s private health scheme
  • Free Westfield Healthcare
  • Free membership of dual-use Sports Centre (£25 annual joining fee)
  • Free staff lunches in term-time
  • School fee discount
  • 25% Holiday Club discount at Uppingham School Sports Centre for children of Uppingham and Maidwell Hall staff
  • Retail, gym, supermarket, cinema and restaurant discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Occupational Health Services
  • Free annual flu jabs
  • Recognised as a “Disability Confident” employer
  • Recognised as a “Mindful” employer
  • Recognised as “Investors in Diversity”

For further details and to apply please click the apply button.

Closing date: 12th May 2024.

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates must be willing to undergo full screening in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils will be explored at interview.

Senior Groundskeeper

Start date: ASAP

Senior Groundskeeper

Senior Groundskeeper

Job Purpose

The Grounds Team is a close-knit unit with responsibility for maintaining the school grounds to a high standard of appearance. The role of Head Groundskeeper is responsible for supervising the day to day running of the team, maintenance and land management of 3 sports fields, two all-weather pitches, woodlands, gardens, walkways and parking areas to the highest possible standard.

Accountable to: Estates Manager

Key responsibilities


  • Provide and maintain first-class playing surfaces and sports pitches, including cricket wickets and to ensure the garden and grounds are maintained to an exceptional standard.
  • Work closely with our busy and thriving Games Department to ensure you fully understand the Games programme, have a good understanding of Games’ requirements and embrace the need to ensure the School’s comprehensive sports fixtures list runs smoothly.
  • Maintain the cleanliness, tidiness and general appearance of all external areas of the School including gardens and hard surfaces.
  • Work with Estates Manager to plan, budget, implement, monitor and evaluate all grounds-related projects (e.g. playing fields, landscaping and grounds development) and works carried out by contractors monitoring quality, cost and performance.
  • Ensure the efficient maintenance and availability of playing surfaces, sports equipment such as football/ hockey goals, rugby posts, cricket equipment, play equipment or outdoor structures across the site and grounds-related machinery, equipment and materials.
  • Provide support in adverse weather conditions, including snow/ice clearance from pathways around the site.
  • Preserve the security of all playing areas and the maintenance of the hedges, fences and gateways surrounding them.
  • Maintain appropriate awareness of grounds industry and health & safety developments and inform the Grounds Team and others how these may impact the school.

Team Management

  • Co-ordinate the Grounds Team to achieve their tasks, work schedules and objectives, and always encourage maximum commitment and efficient service.
  • Hold regular team meetings and ensure that members of the team are up to date with developments in the Estates Team, and the school as a whole.
  • Conduct staff probationary reviews (where applicable) and annual staff appraisals in line with the School’s Professional Development Policy.
  • Meet with key stakeholders and Estates Manager on a regular basis to encourage school wide communication.

Health & Safety

  • Ensure you and the Grounds Team promote the wellbeing and safeguarding of our pupils, staff and visitors.
  • Ensure you and your team complies with all relevant national and local regulations including Health and Safety at Work, PUWER, First Aid, COSHH, and environment management.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of legislation relating to grounds-related chemicals and dangerous substances and actively promote safe working practices and risk assessment.
  • Manage the grounds-related facilities, plant, buildings and equipment; ensure that all grounds equipment is correctly stored, maintained and serviced.
  • Possess a good working knowledge of the safe use of plant and machinery.
  • Responsible for the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for self and Grounds Team, including ordering of replacement PPE as required.


  • Look to use organic or sustainable methods for grounds management wherever possible.
  • Work to the school Biodiversity Enhancement Plan to follow and update the site management plans for woodlands, biodiversity, planting and maintenance.
  • Foster biodiversity on site, including managing our woodland in a sensitive manner, and ensure that the requirements of grounds upkeep do not come at the expense of the environment.

Personal Characteristics

  • A positive “can do” attitude and approach to their work
  • Enthusiastic about working outdoors and have an interest in the natural environment
  • Take pride in your work and maintain high standards
  • Be organised, thorough and flexible in your planning
  • Work well as part of a team and leading that team
  • Understand the broader needs of a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Be personable, empathetic and a good communicator
  • Be willing to undertake further training and personal development
  • Commitment to safeguarding

Person Specification


  • Extensive experience of grounds management, including sports turf management
  • Ideally hold a minimum Level 3 in Horticulture or equivalent (Grounds Management & Maintenance, Greenkeeping, Sports Turf Management etc)
  • Extensive experience of using and maintaining grounds related plant and powered machinery (mowers, blowers, cutters, strimmers etc)
  • Hold relevant pesticides training (PA1 & PA6 Certificate)
  • Possess a good working knowledge of relevant Health and Safety legislation and how to apply it
  • Not adverse to working in inclement weather conditions
  • Clean driving licence and ability to drive tractors, mules, and ride-on mowers
  • Ability to plan work assignments and set priorities


  • Hold a CS30 crosscutting chainsaw qualification
  • PA2 pesticide certification
  • Brush cutting and /or flail arm competency
  • Pond management
  • Budget planning and management

Review and Amendment

This job description should be seen as enabling rather than restrictive and will be subject to regular review. It may be adapted to best fit the skills and needs of the appointed candidate.

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


St Benedict’s School



We are seeking to appoint a Groundsman to join the Estates Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of maintenance, upkeep, appearance and security of the Sports Field whilst adhering to the highest level of health and safety standards. This is a varied and interesting role which will involve working mainly outdoors in all weathers.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon, 12 April 2024

Interviews will take place on w/c 15 April 2024 and if you have not heard from us by then, your application has been unsuccessful.

Job Description

St Benedict’s School is a leading independent co-educational day school. There is a Junior and Senior School (with membership of the IAPS and HMC respectively) for approximately 1,100 pupils aged from 3 to 18 years old. There are approximately 300 members of staff.

The School occupies self-contained premises in a pleasant and leafy suburb of Ealing and benefits from excellent facilities attracting pupils from an extensive area. The Sports Field is located at Perivale about two miles from the main site.

The Sports Field is approximately 14 acres in size and has four rugby pitches, two cricket pitches, a full-size artificial hockey pitch, cricket nets and hard courts area for netball and tennis. There is floodlighting to the hockey pitch and the main rugby pitch. Also, a Pavilion with 10 changing rooms, a tearoom and a separate building which houses a large Grounds Store and Games Store. The River Brent runs beside the field therefore the site is part of the designated flood plain.

We are seeking to appoint a Groundsman to join the Estates Team.

The Groundsperson:

  • will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of maintenance, upkeep, appearance and security of the Sports Field whilst adhering to the highest level of health and safety standards. This is a varied and interesting role which will involve working mainly outdoors in all weathers.
  • will work with the Director of Sport and individual Heads of Sport (particularly rugby and cricket) to ensure that priority is given to ensure the Sports Field is available for fixtures and training use by the pupils on a regular basis during preseason, holiday (as agreed) and Saturday term times.  The provision of high-quality sport is extremely important for parents and pupils.
  • will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of maintenance, upkeep and appearance of the landscaped areas of the main school site.
  • is to promote the ethos and well being of the School as determined by the Headmasters, in particular with regard to neatness, cleanliness, orderliness, presentation and attractiveness. The Schools’ presentation to current and future parents, staff and pupils is of paramount importance. The Groundsperson needs to recognise this and to respond promptly to directions emanating from the Head Groundsperson, Director of Sport and requests from staff.
  • is to be physically fit, organised, forward thinking, adaptable, able to work at heights and be a good communicator.
  • works with the Grounds Apprentice, Parking Assistant, Gate Person and Cleaner.


  1. Undertake routine preparation and maintenance work on a range of sports facilities and surfaces
  2. Undertake all preparatory and cultivation work to maintain safe quality playing surfaces.
  3. Set up all sports pitches or amenity surfaces. Undertake minor construction and landscaping work under guidance.
  4. Drive vehicles and equipment as required for grounds maintenance operations.
  5. Ensure vehicles and equipment used by self and work group are regularly maintained in accordance with routine operating requirements. Monitor the use of consumable items and spares and make arrangements for their replenishment.
  6. Ensure the safe use, storage, calibration and disposal of pesticides and other similar substances. Promote the Health and Safety of self and others. Respond to emergencies.
  7. Ensure other staff are adequately briefed on their duties, able to execute them in the correct manner and to complete the assigned workload. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with managers, colleagues and end users.
  8. Make recommendations to supervisor regarding improved work systems, labour and machinery utilisation.
  9. Maintain good communications with customers and end users.
  10. Facilitate training sessions, games lessons and fixtures ensuring the appropriate training areas and pitch use is available.
  11. Use and operate equipment including irrigation systems and the monitoring of the drainage system.
  12. Supervise sporting programmes e.g. site access, security and supervision, timetables for surfaces, changing room allocations and car park control. Animals are not allowed to be brought onto site.
  13. Set up, prepare, facilitate and set back for various events including the Junior School sports days, firework display etc.
  14. Support non-sport and lettings use of facilities.
  15. Works with teaching and estates staff to make sure all aspects of the Sports Field use runs smoothly as planned, including lettings.
  16. Operate alarms and CCTV system and be the first key holder.
  17. Collect and store lost property and make sure it is regularly returned to the main school site.
  18. Recognise and embrace the importance of ensuring that School sports fixtures are fulfilled whenever is reasonable for them to be played and to recommend ‘no play’ decisions to the Director of Sport when this proves necessary. The Director of Sport is to make the final decision on pitch use.
  19. Wear allocated clothing when the facility is in use.
  20. Carry out purchasing and record keeping as required.
  21. Plan for and clear up following flooding from the River Brent. Keep records of flooding, rain fall and weather conditions.
  22. Liaise with various outside authorities – emergency services, Brent Valley Conservation area, National Rivers Authority, Environmental Agency etc.
  23. The essence of working within any successful team revolves around enthusiasm and willingness to co-operate wherever necessary within the team. The above points outline the principal duties involved. Carry out other duties as reasonably required or requested.

Hours of Work

  1. As a minimum you would be required to work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday and fortnightly on Saturdays. You would be required to work at such times as it would be necessary for the proper performance of your duties in preparation for School games sessions and sporting fixtures. You would have to work hours as reasonably required by the School e.g. to include the cricket season during the Trinity Term.
  2. You would be required to attend other school events, e.g. Sports Event and Firework Display.
  3. Holiday entitlement is 35 days which is to be taken during school holidays but not at the same time as the Head Groundsperson.

Person Specification


Personal Characteristics






Hard working with a flexible, adaptable approach to work.


Resilient, calm and patient with a professional manner and appearance.


Ability to work independently and meet deadlines as well as working as part of the team.


A reliable member of the team, punctual, considerate and supportive.


Physically fit to meet the demands of the job.


A willingness to learn new skills and take on new tasks.


Attention of details and takes pride in their work.


Ability to maintain close and harmonious relations with work colleagues at all levels.


Highest standards of safeguarding.


Empathy to deal sensitively with parents, children and staff.


Charisma, warmth, enthusiasm and a keen sense of humour.





Qualifications, Skills and Experience







Experience of working in a sports ground setting and providing a high standard of sports surfaces for playability and visually for a minimum of 5 years.


A proven track record of maintaining and caring for multiple high quality cricket squares and pitches for all age groups.


Minimum Level 2+ qualification in a relevant field of study – this could be an NVQ, SVQ, or Work Placed Diploma / or full time Level 2 qualification or another qualification such as the Level 2 GMA Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance.


A willingness to engage in Continual Professional Development on an annual basis.


Experience of operating and looking after sports ground machinery, equipment and systems.


Ability to work safely independently and as part of a team.


An understanding of sports grounds throughout the seasons.


Clear understanding of relevant Health & Safety legislation


A valid full driving licence.



The Personal Characteristics, Qualifications, Skills and Experience will be reviewed from an applicant’s application form, training certificates, experience and from the interview.

Accommodation is available on the basis of a room in a shared flat or house. Pets would not be allowed in the accommodation.

Please download an application form from the School’s website  Further details can be obtained from the HR department: 020 8 862 2193 or email

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The safeguarding responsibilities of the post include:

  • child protection, discipline, health and safety
  • promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are “spent” unless they are “protected” under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

Registered Charity Number 1148512



Established in 1895, New Zealand Golf Club is considered one of the finest Heathland golf courses in Surrey and ranked amongst the top 100 golf courses in England.

We are looking to employ enthusiastic and motivated individuals to expand our team. The successful candidates should:

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Have NVQ level 2 or be willing to work towards obtaining a qualification in greenkeeping
  • Have good time management
  • Be able to communicate effectively

The position is full-time, based on 40-hour week with the addition of weekends on rota basis and include:

  • Provision of uniform & P.P.E.
  • Staff lunch
  • Training if required
  • BIGGA membership
  • Off-peak playing privileges
  • Inclusion into the staff fund
  • Paid overtime

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience & suitability.

Applicants should send a covering letter along with a C.V. to:


Stuart Bowman – Course Manager


South Herts Golf Club was founded in 1899 and is a private leading members club situated in North London. We boast two courses, our 18-hole Vardon Course and our 9-hole Rees Course. The site extends across 150 acres of rural parkland. The club is steeped in history and was home to record open champion Harry Vardon, who was club professional from 1902 – 1937 and Ryder Cup legend Dai Rees who was with the club from 1946 – 1983.



The club also provides fantastic practice facilities including a 200-yard practise range with enclosed bays, two putting greens, a short game area and driving nets. We are continuously investing into the courses to ensure maximum playability throughout the year for the membership.

Job Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years working experience.
  • Level 2 qualification in greenkeeping / sports turf.
  • Highly motivated and hard-working individual.
  • A full and clean UK driving license.
  • Spraying certification PA1, PA2 and PA6 (Not Essential)

Job Responsibilities:

  • Carry out daily work tasks, provided by Course Manager.
  • Cutting and maintenance of playing surfaces.
  • Operate and carry out basic maintenance on machinery, in line with H&S.
  • Setting up the golf course for daily play.
  • To work weekend shifts setting up for daily play, as set per rota of 1:3.
  • Set up the golf course for major tournaments / events.
  • Work within a team on in-house course development projects.
  • Engage with members and maintain good working relationships.

Job Benefits:

  • Full use of both golf courses, including practice facilities.
  • Staff uniform and PPE.
  • Full on-site training.
  • Distance learning training in greenkeeping provided.
  • Cooked lunch on working days.
  • Competitive salary based on qualifications and level of experience.
  • Pension.
  • Paid overtime.
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays.

To Apply:

For further information and to apply please email Sean Brocklehurst, Course Manager:

Closing Date: 28 March 2024

First Assistant Greenkeeper

Tandridge Golf Club, established in 1924, seeks a full-time First Assistant Greenkeeper to join our dynamic team. It is currently ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the UK and sits amongst some of Surrey’s finest courses. The Club is forward-thinking and has the motivation and plans in place not only to improve the course but to help enhance and develop the staff.

First Assistant Greenkeeper

First Assistant Greenkeeper

The ideal candidate will have a wealth of experience, an evident passion for Greenkeeping and be a team player with a keen eye for detail.

Salary range: £31,000 – £35,000

Preferred requirements:

  • Educated to a minimum NVQ Level 2 in sports turf management or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years experience
  • Take meetings and communicate effectively
  • Record keeping
  • High level of attention to detail
  • PA1, 2 and 6 spraying qualifications
  • Willing to work flexible hours and weekends


  • Staff meals
  • Uniform
  • Competitive salary and bonuses
  • Education and training
  • Golf privileges

Interested applicants should email a CV along with covering letter to: Course Manager, Scott Weale,

The closing date is Friday, 29th March.

Assistant Greenkeeper

Basingstoke Golf Club has recently invested in a major redevelopment, the investment includes a brand-new greenkeepers facility and machinery which has been put in place to maintain our 160-acre chalk golf course. The course renovations, designed by Weller Designs, include new greens and tees complexes, bunkers with rubber crumb liner, 2 large irrigation lagoons (33,500 cubic litre capacity) and a Rainbird irrigation system. Within the development there is also a brand-new clubhouse and driving range. The successful candidate will be crucial to the delivery of this new venue to its members and guests.

Assistant Greenkeeper

Assistant Greenkeeper

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced greenkeeping assistant to support our golf course maintenance operations. You will work as part of the grounds team under the direction of the Deputy Head Greenkeeper to maintain excellent course conditions.

This position provides the opportunity to be an integral part of maintaining high standards across our new state of the art golf course from our brand-new Greenkeepers facility. We seek someone passionate about nurturing first-class playing surfaces and providing an exceptional experience for members and guests.


  • Minimum 3 years of hands-on experience in golf course or grounds maintenance
  • NVQ Level 2 in Sports Turf
  • Valid PA1 and PA6 pesticide application licences
  • Ability to operate various grounds maintenance equipment such as mowers, turf vehicles, chainsaws, blowers, etc.
  • Knowledge of turf grass species, irrigation systems, drainage, etc.
  • Adherence to health and safety regulations
  • Self-motivated with ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Flexible schedule – early mornings and weekend work (1 in every 3 weekends)
  • Physically fit with ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills


  • Competitive salary
  • BIGGA membership
  • Uniform provided
  • Staff meals
  • Staff discount benefits
  • Use of the golf course

To apply:

If you would like to be part of the team to deliver this amazing new venue, please send your C.V and a cover letter to the Course Manager, Scott Roberts.

Closing date: 25 March 2024

UK Sales Manager

Duralock is the market leading high performance fencing system, established over 30 years ago.

UK Sales Manager

UK Sales Manager

We are proud to have a prestigious world-wide client list across many markets including Racing, Equine and Sport.

The UK Sales Manager is responsible for the development of new business opportunities within the UK, and for the development and maintenance of both new and existing UK clients.


  • Manage all enquiries, quotations and orders using the Sales Administrator for support.
  • Attend client meetings and site visits.
  • Negotiate on projects whilst keeping margin control.
  • Identify new markets and new products, reporting back to the CEO/Board with a feasibility study/proposal.
  • Regular update meetings to report prospective figures to the CEO/Board.
  • Overall responsibility for the performance and growth of the UK Sales whilst keeping to agreed target and budget.


  • 5 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • You will have a commercial desire that aligns with the company aims to quickly increase profitable sales, through the provision of high-quality products and superior customer service.
  • Natural negotiation skills and a flair for sales.
  • Able to travel across the UK regularly.
  • Able to thrive in a high-pressure environment.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, driven person who is looking to further their career as our company grows. In return we offer an attractive salary, 25 days holiday + Bank holidays and expenses.

Email for applications (include CV and cover letter) or contact if you have any questions about the role.


Oakham School



We are looking for a skilled Groundsman to join a small team. You will have solid ‘hands on’ Grounds experience. Ideally, you will have NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) or be working towards it and PA1,2 & 6. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working to a high standard and has a passion for providing excellent sports surfaces.

40 hours per week, 8.00am to 4.30pm, over five days, Monday to Saturday, with an unpaid half hour lunch break. During the period April to August, this will include many Saturdays.

Candidates are encouraged to click on the video link below to view the School’s vast campus Home – Oakham School

Applications must be submitted via the Oakham School online application form.

Apply here

First Assistant Greenkeeper

Colchester Golf Club is a traditional private members club founded in 1907. Our beautiful, parkland course was designed by five-time Open Champion James Braid. It has been voted the No.1 course in North Essex, and the 4th best in Essex. The Club has a healthy calendar of events, featuring regular society and visitor golf and a vibrant membership that is passionate about the Club and the Golf Course.

First Assistant Greenkeeper

First Assistant Greenkeeper

We are looking for an ambitious and highly motivated First Assistant Greenkeeper to assist our Golf Course Manager and Deputy Course Manager in leading a hardworking team to push the golf course forward. We are looking to enhance and futureproof the course in a sustainable way.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Golf Course Manager and be significantly involved in the future strategy of the golf course. Particularly the course development, all maintenance operations to the highest possible standards, and assisting with the planning and organisation of work programmes.

The club is looking for an enthusiastic individual with the required skills and experience:

• Qualification in Sports Turf Management or Equivalent. Minimum Level 2 and preferably Level 3
• Minimum of 3 years’ Greenkeeping Experience.
• Good knowledge of pest species, prevalent diseases, and grass species.
• Ability to organise routine golf course maintenance and golf course projects.
• Demonstrate the ability and experience to inspire, motivate and manage a team.
• Excellent communication and organisation skills.
• An ambition to further their personal development.
• High standard of golf course preparation and set up.
• A thorough understanding and knowledge of greenkeeping practices and principles.
• A positive and flexible approach to work.
• Fully competent in monitoring and maintaining Health and Safety in the workplace.
• PA1, PA2 and PA6 qualifications.
• A full and clean UK driving licence.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 29th February 2024