Job Vacancy: Deputy Head Grounds Person

Job Title: Deputy Head Grounds Person

Accountable to: Head Grounds Person

Contract: Full-time permanent

Hours: 40 hours per week to include weekends, bank holidays and some unsociable hours to cover events as required

Salary: £25,000 + DoE

Closing date: 14th June, 2021


Somerset County Cricket Club is one of eighteen professional First Class County Clubs in England and Wales.  It is a club deeply rooted in its community but one that offers huge reach regionally, nationally and internationally. The Cooper Associates County Ground is home to this highly successful club and as well as hosting almost 50 days of cricket, delivers numerous conferences and events which include weddings, concerts and open-air cinema evenings. As a business, we have bold ambitions both on and off the pitch with the desire to make the Cooper Associates County Ground a 365-day venue and the primary sporting and business destination in the South West.

The Role – Principle Responsibilities and Tasks

Somerset County Cricket Club are recruiting for a Deputy Head Grounds Person to provide close support to the Head Grounds Person in all aspects of grounds and team management. You will ensure the preparation and maintenance of the first-class cricket pitches at Cooper Associates County Ground is to a high standard and will support in the preparation and development of pitches and facilities at Taunton Vale Sports Club. This involves placing and removing coverings, removal of surface water, practice nets and facilities set-up and maintenance of turf machinery. The role also includes general maintenance at both locations alongside supervising and directing the team of assistant grounds people in the absence, or direction, of the Head Grounds Person.

You will have:

  • At least NVQ Level 2 in Turf Science or equivalent, or demonstrable level of experience in turf management.
  • Knowledge of modern sports turf processes and innovations.
  • Understanding of what is required to prepare and maintain first-class cricket pitches.
  • Appreciation and understanding of agronomic principals in turf.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working as a grounds person in a similar sporting environment.
  • Experience in supervising a small team.
  • Pa1/Pa6 and a full driving license are desirable.

The Person

This a great opportunity for someone with passion for cricket pitches and sports turf maintenance to join a hard-working, dedicated team at a high performing sports club. You will be self-motivated, working on your own initiative while inspiring others to achieve excellence. You are calm under pressure, professional at all times, a good communicator and have a positive, can-do attitude. You will need to be flexible and adaptable with regards to working hours and patterns to meet the needs of the organisation but in return will receive a variety of benefits and have opportunities for professional growth. Plus, you will be working with fantastic colleagues!

To download the full job description please click here.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to:

The closing date for applications is 14th June, 2021 however we reserve the right to fill the vacancy before this date should we find a suitable applicant.

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