Grounds Person – York St John University

  • 3 February 2024 08:36
Grounds Person – York St John University


Department: Estates Management & Development
Location: York
Salary: £23,700 to £25,138 per annum
Closing Date: Wednesday 12 February 2024 at midnight
Interview Date: Wednesday 07 March 2024
Reference: 255-23-R
Full time permanent

Introduction to YSJ university

Situated in the heart of the historic city of York, and with the addition of our London Campus, York St John University has a long and proud tradition as a distinguished higher education provider. Our success is founded on the quality of academic teaching and research, our thriving campus environments, our professional and pastoral support, and our values of an inclusive, innovative and ambitious community with a strong sense of belonging.

The Role

We have an opportunity available to join our Grounds team on a full time, permanent basis.

If you have a passion for sport, we have the job for you!

You will be part of a small team maintaining multiple sports surfaces at York St John University`s multi-million-pound Sports Centre at Haxby Road, York.

We are looking for a dynamic, conscientious Groundsperson who is a good team player, enjoys working in a team environment and loves working outside.

You will have a keen interest in biodiversity and be committed to sustainable methods of pitch care.

You will need to deliver a great service for our students, staff and customers, providing the very best playing surfaces possible.

The area of responsibility boasts three synthetic playing surfaces, grass pitches for Football, Rugby, Gaelic and American football as well as outdoor tennis. You will also be required to contribute to the day- to-day maintenance of both soft and hard landscaped areas.

You will be given the opportunity to become a Biodiversity Champion helping us to deliver on our nature friendly initiatives.

You will be supported every step of the way, this is your opportunity to build a career you love, knowing you are making a difference to the working environment of the University and local sports community.

Required skills and experience

Candidates are required to have –

  • National/Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 2 – Sports Turf Maintenance or National Technical Certificate or proven track record working as a Groundsperson on a professional basis
  • NPTC or equivalent certificates PA1, PA6 & PA2A
  • Working knowledge of the maintenance and preparation of natural sports surfaces.
  • Working knowledge of the maintenance and preparation of all-weather sports surfaces.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or individually using own initiative, a good time keeper and enjoy working outside

Additional information

Please supply as much information as possible to support your application.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Wayne Osguthorpe, Senior Groundsperson at

Unfortunately this role is not eligible for Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship however we welcome your application if you are able to evidence right to work in the UK via an alternative route.

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact  Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a range of family friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to support staff from different backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements.

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Our benefits package

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including –

– Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period

– Pension scheme

– Health Cash Plan after six months service

– Employee Assistance Programme

– Relocation expenses package for certain roles

– Visa loan scheme

Further information about life at YSJ

Read more about our culture, inclusive community, working arrangements and benefits for York St John employees here.

The latest news, views and stories from our staff and students can be found here.

We are committed to managing and reducing our environmental impact and to promoting sustainable development wherever we can, read more here.

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