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Grounds Person (Sports Turf)

Sedbergh School is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our busy Estates Department as a full time Grounds Person.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience working with sports turf.

The ground staff team of Sedbergh School provide pupils, staff and visitors to the School with sports and amenity facilities commensurate with the School’s long standing position as a leading Independent School and major sporting institution.

The duties of a Grounds Person will be wide and varied and it is not intended to cover every duty on this list; it is anticipated that the duties may change from time to time

Duties will include:

  • All aspects of grass pitch maintenance and preparation including but not limited to gang mowing, pitch marking, sand spreading, wicket preparation, rolling;
  • Preparation and maintenance of cricket wickets;
  • Maintenance works to the all-weather playing surface;
  • General sports facility care and preparation including hard surface tennis and netball courts and athletics facilities;
  • Estate work including hedging, fencing, and other general duties estate work as required;
  • Maintenance of clearing paths and roads during autumn and winter;
  • Litter picking;
  • The use and maintenance of hand tools and basic light machinery and plant;
  • The use of cylinder and rotary mowers, strimmers, leaf blowers;
  • Adjustments of mower height and quality of cut, etc. Oil level checks and check for damage to any mower;
  • To respond to emergencies and assist other departments i.e. cricket, golf as directed by the Grounds Manager, Head Gardener or Estates Bursar;
  • To be aware of Health and Safety requirements noting that all duties must be carried out to comply with current Health & Safety at Work legislation;
  • To ensure all equipment, machinery and buildings are secure;
  • To keep the mess rooms, tool sheds and staff toilets clean and tidy;
  • To be aware of and report any security risks posed within the school;
  • To apply chemicals where appropriate; (PA 6 certificate is preferred but not essential as training can be given)
  • Driving tractors and other associated vehicles with trailers;
  • To assist with School Events planning and set up and assist the maintenance team or work within other department of the Estate as required. Reporting The Grounds Person will form part of the ground staff team under the direction of the Grounds Manager.

In exchange the School will offer:

  • Contributory Pension Scheme – to include life cover while remaining within the scheme;
  • Statutory Sick Pay entitlement - conditional on meeting the demands of the scheme
  • Ride2Work;
  • Opportunity to see School productions;
  • Staff events and family fun days!
  • Use of the School’s vast facilities (outside School timetabling) including the indoor swimming pool, tennis & squash courts, and the incredible state of the art Hirst Centre, which opened in 2018.

Why Sedbergh?

The magnificent location of Sedbergh and the equally picturesque site of our Prep School at Casterton, just 10 miles away, offers staff an enviable opportunity to work in the spectacular scenery of the Howgills and Yorkshire Dales. If you live outside the area, then you should consider the benefits of relocating here.

Outdoors enthusiasts have a wide range of walking, fishing, sailing, climbing, caving and other outdoor pursuits all within easy reach.

For those with a desire to get away occasionally, the M6 motorway and the West Coast railway are both a short distance away for travel North or South, while other routes make West Yorkshire and the North East easy to reach.
Working for Sedbergh School means working within the School community as part of a close-knit Estates Team. Sedbergh school is committed to the development of its people and there are opportunities to develop your career and qualifications further.

How to Apply:

To apply, please return a completed application form to Application link can be found under Job Details.

Any further enquiries may be directed to:

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sedbergh School is committed to safeguarding & protecting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Details

Job Title:
Grounds Person (Sports Turf)

Job Type:
Full Time, Permanent

£23,795 per annum



North West