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Apprentice groundsperson vacancy

8 January 2020

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There is a vacancy at the club for an apprentice groundsperson. Please note the following job specification:

Term: Permanent full-time

Location: Hasland Training Ground, Whitebank Close, Chesterfield, S41 0TS

Minimum Age: 16

Application closing date: January 15, 2020

We are looking for an apprentice to assist and support the ground staff team in maintaining and preparing high quality playing surfaces* to the appropriate and expected standard in order for professional footballers to train on a daily basis (*including surrounding landscaped areas and banks). The role includes managing and producing all design work, along with the following:

• To be trained by current staff to be competent at specific jobs including mowing, marking out, divotting and fertilising.
• To assist and support a team of ground staff in the upkeep and maintenance of the two priority training pitches and agility areas at Hasland.
• To assist and support the ground staff in the upkeep and maintenance of the pitches situated on site.
• To assist and support the ground staff in the upkeep and maintenance of the surrounding landscaped areas and banks.
• To assist in the upkeep and maintenance of all training pitches at the instruction of the ground staff, i.e. provide assistance and support in respect of necessary maintenance procedures being carried out regularly to ensure all club training surfaces are properly maintained.
• Attend any necessary training courses as and when required by the company - i.e. in terms of operation of machinery and equipment etc.
• To be conversant with all Health and Safety requirements in respect of the position and to attend any health and safety courses as and when required by the club.
• Perform basic grounds and landscaping maintenance using power driven tools and equipment, such as mower, edger, power clippers and vacuum/blower devices.
• Plant, water and maintain landscaped areas consisting of bushes, trees, flowers and shrubs; trim and prune bushes, trees and shrubs.


Essential Requirements:

• Be willing to study for a minimum Level 2 Sportsturf Apprenticeship and other relevant training qualifications and then will be eligible to join the IOG Register of Turf Management Professionals.
• The ability to lift and use heavy equipment and operate heavy machinery
• Ability to perform heavy manual labour for extended periods, often under adverse climatic conditions
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions
• Must possess excellent communication skills and the ability to build rapport with people at all levels
• Effective planning and time management skills
• A practical, flexible and innovative approach to work

Desirable Requirements

• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Knowledge of chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides
• Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of trucks, tractors, sweepers, and lawn mowers
• Knowledge of proper lifting techniques
• Previous experience looking after sports turf

Personal Qualities

• Must be able to demonstrate a passion for horticulture/sports turf
• Strong sense of responsibility and teamwork
• Willingness to work outdoors and in all weathers
• Must possess a ‘can do’ and positive attitude
• Flexible approach to meet the nature and demands of the business
• Must be able to cope under pressure


• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to indoor and outdoor environments; wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; dust; outside weather conditions; risk of mechanical hazards, explosive hazards, burn hazards, chemical hazards. The employee is frequently exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat.
• Flexibility with working hours required to meet demands of the role, including weekend work and unsociable hours is essential.
• Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.
• This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Applicants should apply via email to: 

Chesterfield FC is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applicants from all sectors of the community.

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