Summer Estates Grounds Person (Fixed Term - 4 Months)

  • The FA
  • National Football Centre, St George's Park
  • 02 Mar, 2023
Contractor Groundsman Maintenance

Job Description

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.


The Role
  • Working with the other members of the Estates team to maintain and prepare all landscape areas to the highest standard enhancing the overall environment for all events and teams hosted on the SGP grounds.
  • To work as part of the Estates Team in the maintenance of the site in accordance with current management plans and annual work schedules produced.
  • Ensure the site is kept clear of litter and presentable for visitors, clients and staff.
  • Ensure clear and safe pedestrian and vehicular access to the site particularly in adverse weather conditions.
Key Accountabilities
  • Maintain and prepare the gardens and landscape areas to high standards set out by senior estates management team.
  • Work on the wider estate carrying out works in line with estate management plans.
  • Lawn maintenance and care to include – mowing, edging, weeding, strimming, repair work (vehicle damage etc.)
  • To assist in the maintenance of woodlands,  grasslands and other landscaped areas across the site.
  • Bed and planter maintenance to include – planting, weeding, pruning, forking, digging, mulching, watering, edging.
  • Hedge maintenance to include – weeding, cutting, edging.
  • Path and kerb maintenance to include – cleaning, spraying, weeding, brushing, blowing, gritting and snow clearing.
  • Standard tree care – pruning, watering and feeding, weeding.
  • To work sensitively and cooperatively as part of the Estates Team in areas as required by law due to specific species and areas on site.
  • To wear the correct PPE as laid out in the Health and Safety guidelines.
  • To inform supervisors of any maintenance issues, damages or breakages to the site or tools.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in line with FA Group changing priorities.
  • To comply with company policy and best practise in security, legal and regulatory compliance.
  • To carry out all duties, within the relevant legislation.
  • To ensure H&S responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Always maintain all equipment in line with manufactures standards to ensure optimum operation.
  • Operate all SGP grounds machinery to maintain all areas to the highest standard.
  • To carry out any training required for development of your role, to include mandatory set out by FA group.
  • To be responsible for ensuring all equipment and tools are returned in good condition.
What we are looking for?




  • An understanding and safe use of ride on rotary mowers, pedestrian mowing, hedge trimmers, blowers and strimmers.
  • Basic plants, tree and shrub care knowledge.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and safe working practices.



  • Previous use of pedestrian mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters.
  • Basic garden/landscape/estates type of work.


Technical Skills

  • A willingness to learn.
  • Good time keeping
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers.
  • Be flexible with working hours.
  • Smart, courteous, polite and approachable.
  • Good communicator.
  • Good eye for detail.
  • The role will involve lone working and collaborative teamwork so you must be able to work under own initiative and as part of a team.




  • In depth knowledge of any of trees, shrubs, plants, flowers.
  • In depth machinery knowledge of either use, maintenance or both.
  • Previous proven experience in a grounds maintenance / horticulture role.



  • Ride on mowers use.
  • Tractor and trailer driving.
  • Safe use and knowledge of tractor mounted machinery.


Technical Skills

  • An interest and knowledge in the environment and wildlife.
What we can offer you?
  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.


Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.


We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.


The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.