Groundsperson (landscapes and artificial surfaces)

Job title Groundsperson (landscapes and artificial surfaces)

Department Estates

Salary Starting from £18,009, rising to £19,133 As a Living Wage Employer appointments made at the bottom of the scale will receive an additional supplement to ensure a minimum hourly pay equivalent to the Living Wage.

Grade Grade 3

Placed on Friday 23 April 2021

Closing date Sunday 09 May 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference DD8209R

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the University of Bath’s Landscape Team as a Sports Groundsperson ensuring optimum conditions for some of the country’s best sports people.   The job involves;

  • Carry out seasonal maintenance – mowing, fertilising, over seeding, topdressing, aeration and line marking of grass pitches for cricket, football, rugby etc.
  • Maintain artificial sports surfaces such as sand/ water based astro and 3G pitches, acrylic and clay tennis courts and athletic running track.
  • To use hand operated horticultural machinery in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and ensure that it is appropriately cleaned after use.
  • To use ride on mowers and trailed gang units in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and ensure that it is appropriately cleaned after use.

The successful candidate will need to have:

  • NVQ or City and Guilds level 2 in Groundsmanship.
  • Experience in a similar role maintaining sports facilities.
  • Valid Category B Driving License minimum of 1 year experience, i.e. 5000 miles (for insurance purposes) and to operate horticultural machinery.

The successful candidate will join the Landscape Team at one of the UK's top universities with a fantastic reputation for the beauty of its grounds and the quality of its sports pitches.

The team maintain the upkeep of the borders, grassed areas, woodlands, planting, preparation and upkeep of outdoor natural and artificial sports surfaces and other facilities for sports fixtures and recreational use.

Thie role is available on a full time, permanent basis. For enquiries please contact

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We are an accredited Living Wage employer. Appointments at Grade 2, Spine Point 3, 4 and 5 will receive an additional supplement to ensure a minimum hourly pay equivalent to the Living Wage as confirmed on our Bath pay and grading structure page.

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our applicant information webpage before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.