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A groundsperson, or greenkeeper, looks after sports grounds like football, cricket or rugby pitches.
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
- 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
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: 13 September 2018