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Senior Groundsperson

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

To undertake all grounds maintenance tasks with the duty of ensuring that sports surfaces at Eton College are maintained to an exceptionally high standard and contribute to the delivery of plans and programmes of work under the control of the Playing Fields Supervisor.

Main Duties

  • Undertake routine preparation and maintenance work on sports surfaces, artificial surfaces and amenity areas as detailed in work schedules;
  • Undertake all preparatory and cultivation work to maintain safe quality playing surfaces;
  • Cut and maintain cricket pitches and squares, outfields, sports pitches, rough and semi-rough areas;
  • Set up playing surfaces including the marking out of pitches, posts and flags;
  • Switch and brush fine turf;
  • Apply top dressing and fertilizer;
  • Carry out aeration procedures;
  • Identify and control pests and diseases;
  • Spray weeds on hard standing areas and turf;
  • Renovate worn and damaged turf;
  • Follows standard procedures requiring knowledge of the functional area;
  • Guide the team in carrying out day to day tasks and projects;
  • Ensure work area is kept clean, tidy and secure at all times;
  • Make recommendations to the Playing Fields Supervisor regarding improved work systems, labour and machinery utilisation;
  • Driving vehicles and equipment as required for grounds maintenance operations;
  • Ensure vehicles and equipment used by self and working group are regularly maintained in accordance with routine operating requirements;
  • Monitor the use of consumable items and request a replacement through the Playing Fields Supervisor;
  • 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 accidents and emergencies;
  • To adhere to current Health and Safety legislation and best practice in accordance with the Colleges Health and Safety Policy Statement;
  • To ensure own safety, and the safety of others who may be affected by your actions. Employees must follow instructions and co-operate at all times with their line manager to enable Eton College to meet its legal responsibilities. Employees must stop work if the nature of the situation involves risk of serious injury to any person and must report any hazardous situation or defective equipment to their line manager without delay;
  • To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required of you in the post;
  • Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity & inclusion;
  • All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance, therefore a good comprehension of safeguarding procedures is essential;
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including by not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
  • Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, the incumbent should have:

  • Completed IOG Level 2 or equivalent training;
  • National/Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 Sports Turf Maintenance or IOG National      Intermediate Diploma or BTEC National Diploma or National Certificate in Turf Science and Sports Ground Management or City & Guilds Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture would be advantageous but not essential;
  • Relevant greenkeeping or sports turf management experience (ideally 3 years);
  • PA1 PA2 and PA6 spraying certificate;
  • Previous experience in preparing cricket grounds;
  • Clear comprehension of the relevant Health and Safety legislation;
  • Formal training in manual handling;
  • A valid UK driving licence.


Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including; an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme (where applicable), free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discount at local retailers and businesses.

About the College

We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on recruitment@etoncollege.org.uk so we can make adjustments accordingly. 



Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form.  Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.

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