Head Grounds Person


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Colchester, Essex,


Greenkeeping & Turf Care, Landscape Maintenance, Landscaping, Sales


£21,585 - £24,983

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Full time



Job Description:

Estate Management / Grounds Section
Estate Management design, repair, maintain and secure all campuses. We aim to provide a seamless service to all students, staff and visitors. Covering a multitude of services, we are available to assist with any issue concerning the University estate and grounds.
The Grounds Section maintains grounds across 3 campuses, which includes 230 acres at The Colchester campus. This Colchester campus contains 30 acres of sport pitches, nearly 3,000 notable trees and historic parkland, parts of which are Grade II Listed.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head Grounds Person to join the Estate Management team at the University of Essex.
Duties of the Role
The post holder will oversee the complete management and maintenance of the Universities outside sports facilities. The post holder will manage their own time and that of the Head Grounds Person Assistant to achieve a very high standard of grass sports pitches, synthetic pitches and tennis courts. Some of the responsibilities will include:
  • Manage and maintain over 30 acres of football, rugby, lacrosse, crocket, synthetic and tennis facilities.
  • Calculate and quantify fertiliser and seed requirements for scheduled work
  • Manage stock levels
  • Analyse existing sports facilities standards, usage and produce regular reports on findings.
  • Have daily, weekly and monthly briefing meetings with the Grounds Manager and Deputy Grounds Manager to communicate work progress and planned works
  • Schedule weekly maintenance works of natural and synthetic grass surfaces
Skills and qualifications required
You will have an excellent understanding of working with natural and artificial sports surfaces within the Sports Grounds environment, including cricket. You will also have experience operating a variety of grounds machinery and equipment. The successful candidate will also have:
  • Level 3 in Sports Turf Maintenance or Sports Ground Maintenance or equivalent.
  • Certificate in Safe Use of Pesticides (NPTC PA1 & PA6).
  • Awareness and knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and manual handling
  • The ability to undertake all Sports Ground work to a very high standard with excellent attention to detail.
At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please visit our website (http://www.essex.ac.uk/vacancies/) for a full job description, person specification and more information relating to this post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone the Resourcing Team (01206 873461 / 873521/ 874588).

Closing date: 29 May 2018
Salary: £21,585 - £24,983 per annum
Company Info
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ
Colchester, CB, United Kingdom

Phone: 01206 873333
Web Site: http://www.essex.ac.uk/

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