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

Potential salary
£17,000 to £48,000
Working hours
39 to 41 a week
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You may:

  • prepare land for laying turf (grass)
  • roll and mow grass
  • mark lines on pitches or greens, cut holes and move markers
  • remove water and rake ground
  • apply turf treatments to control weeds, fungal diseases, pests and turf problems
  • install and maintain equipment
  • operate equipment like strimmers and ride-on mowers

You could work at a school, in a park or on a sports field.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

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

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

You'll find more advice about careers and training as a groundsperson from the Institute of Groundsmanship.

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