Irrigation Technician / Grounds Person – Ascot

  • 29 March 2024 08:31
Irrigation Technician / Grounds Person – Ascot



For the past 300 years, Ascot has staged some of the greatest horse races in the world. The brand is synonymous with the very best in customer service and experience and as we enter our next 300 years, we will look to grow internationally to allow the racing and venue to continue to thrive.

Royal Ascot is broadcast in over 150 territories with a reach of over half a billion people with significant and growing digital and social media engagement. It is a marquee event in the global sports and leisure calendar.

Ascot hosts around 600,000 racegoers a year across 26 race days, 300,000 of whom come to the five days of Royal Ascot. Royal Ascot capacity can reach an attendance of 75,000 on a day. Ascot’s conference and events business welcomes a further 200,000 customers a year outside racing.

Ascot aims to offer its racegoers something for everyone who wishes to be involved, and Royal Ascot’s offerings reflect this through the entry level Windsor picnic enclosure, the mid-tier Village enclosure, the central Queen Anne Enclosure and ultimately the Royal Enclosure. And incorporating up to 7000 racegoers in a wide range of private box and restaurant fine dining facilities.

In everything they do and how they do it Ascot and its people represent the Monarch.

As an experienced irrigation specialist, you will be required to maintain and improve irrigation systems on all areas of the Flat and National Hunt courses. Primary accountabilities include monitoring and operating the irrigation system and performing all the duties of a Grounds Person position. You will have strong technical knowledge to carry out all aspects of water system repairs, upgrades, and preventative maintenance. You will split time between system testing/repairs and working alongside the grounds crew.

This will also involve attendance on racedays, including those that take place at weekends.

The desired candidate should:
•                Have experience in general grounds maintenance and use of relevant machinery, including experience in tractor driving.
•                Must hold a valid Full UK Driver’s License or equivalent.
•                Be an experienced digger operator
•                Have minimum three years’ experience in irrigation
•                Ability to interpret irrigation maps
•                Physically fit to dig trenches, lay piping, pull heavy equipment
•                Strong diagnostic, mathematical and mechanical aptitude
•                Strong collaboration and communication skills are essential
•                NVQ level 2 or equivalent- desirable
•                PA1/PA6 spraying pesticide certificates- desirable

Alongside a competitive salary we offer complimentary tickets for race days and some events that you can share with friends and family alongside pension and discounts in selected retailers locally.

As the position will involve being on call accommodation can be available if required.

To view the full job description and apply please visit

The closing date for this vacancy is 14 April 2024. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should a suitable candidate be identified.

Ascot is committed to ensuring customers from all backgrounds and communities feel welcome at the Racecourse and are working to ensure our internal teams are nurtured within a supportive and inclusive environment.   Our mission is to eliminate discrimination and prejudice of any kind at our venue and throughout our business. By educating and implementing meaningful actions across all that we do, we can make certain that Ascot is a place for everyone to enjoy.

As an equal opportunities employer, Ascot Racecourse is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.  We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join our company.



Closing date:
Sunday, 14 April 2024 – 11:45pm


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