Groundsmen/women are responsible for the care and maintenance of natural or synthetic turf playing surfaces at sports grounds, leisure facilities and other recreational amenities.
Their main responsibility is to manage the soil and grass to ensure the turf is always in optimum condition. The work involves:
Groundsmen/women work 37.5 to 40 hours a week, but this varies with the season and type of venue. Part-time, weekend and evening work may be required.
The work is mostly outdoors in all weathers, and can be quite strenuous. In some instances travel around a large site or to several different sites is necessary.
To be a groundsman/woman you should:
Groundsmen/women are employed by private leisure providers, local authorities, sports clubs, schools, educational establishments, grounds maintenance contractors, the armed services and large corporations with company leisure facilities.
Promotion prospects vary depending on the nature and size of the employer; some organisations have a promotion structure where you could progress first to supervisor or team leader, then to head of section or into management. Promotion may depend on acquiring higher qualifications.
Some move into leisure management or estate management, while others opt for self-employment as contractors or consultants. There may be opportunities for work abroad.
Vacancies are advertised in publications such as The Groundsman, The Guardian (Wednesdays) and Horticulture Week.
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