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Groundsperson Greenkeeper

A groundsperson, or greenkeeper, looks after sports grounds like football, cricket or rugby pitches.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £48,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but experience in gardening or a qualification in horticulture or sports and amenity turf maintenance could help.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to interpret plans and drawings
  • practical skills to operate heavy equipment

3. What you'll do

You could work for a private leisure company, school or park, keeping the sports ground in good condition. Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • preparing land for laying turf (grass)
  • rolling and mowing grass
  • marking lines on pitches or greens
  • installing and maintaining equipment
  • operating equipment like strimmers and ride-on mowers

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £21,000

Experienced: £21,500 to £27,000

Highly Experienced: £48,000

You may get bonuses, paid overtime and accommodation.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work around 37 hours a week. This could include evenings and weekends.

You'll spend most of your time outside. You may need to travel between sites.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor, team leader or head of section.

You could get training from the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG).

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Last updated: 11 April 2017