• Chelsea FC
  • Chelsea, London, UK
  • 03 Apr, 2024
Full time Groundsman Health & Safety Maintenance Premier League

Job Description


Job Title: Landscaper

Department: Landscaping Team

Reporting To: Head of Landscapes & Director of Global playing surfaces and Landscaping

Job Function: As a Landscaper, you'll play a vital role in a various range of Horticultural & Arboricultural projects across the site in collaboration with the Head of Landscapes and the Director of Global playing surfaces and Landscaping. You'll be involved in maintaining and developing the various green spaces across the site. Your daily tasks will include general garden maintenance and up keep of the site which will include planting, pruning, weeding, hedge cutting, watering and preserving the health and appearance of plants and shrubs

You'll have the opportunity to design and implement new garden layouts, selecting perfect combinations to create stunning visual garden displays. The ideal candidate will also have a background in Arboriculture and be able to carry out the following tasks by accessing trees with a rope and harness and carrying out a variety of works such as crown reductions, pollarding, removing dead wood and the dismantling of trees where needed,  Additionally, you'll be responsible for monitoring plant health, pest control, and implementing sustainable gardening practices to support the local ecosystem. Your role will be integral to creating and maintaining a welcoming and vibrant outdoor environment for all who those who use and visit the training facility.

LOCATION: Cobham Training Ground

CONTRACT: Permanent, 40 hours, Any 5 in 7 days.




  • Making sure all key areas are presentable to a very high standard
  • Great knowledge of horticulture, including specialized and broader aspects
  • Plan, develop and maintain planting schemes and projects
  • Performing routine maintenance tasks related to estate maintenance, including identifying and addressing potential safety concerns
  • Use of chemical applications and maintenance of records (Preferably with PA1 & PA6 qualifications, but training provided if needed)
  • Pest and Disease Control: Monitor for common pests and diseases affecting plants, and implement preventive control measures using organic or chemical methods as appropriate.
  • Undertaking ground clearance and seasonal tasks
  • Carry out general maintenance tasks and upkeep of hard and soft surfaces in garden areas
  • Attending to the maintenance of beds, borders, and containers
  • Ideal candidates will hold the following Arboriculture qualifications, CS30,CS31 Chainsaw maintenance and felling of small trees, CS38 Tree climbing and aerial rescue, CS39 Use of chainsaws from rope and harness
  • Competent use of chainsaws and the Arboriculture industry and its best practices
  • Accessing trees using a rope and harness carrying out tasks such as pollarding, thinning, crown reductions and removal of deadwood
  • Comply with all Health and Safety regulations and requirements within the Company and your role.
  • Ensure that all equipment and machinery is properly maintained, secured and to report any faults or defects immediately.
  • To work and act in a professional manner and wearing the appropriate uniform/work wear that will be provided at all times.


DO THE RIGHT THING (Our Expectations):

  • To demonstrate and live by the club’s values; Here to Win, Be Brave, Do the Right Thing, Play Your Part, Many Teams, One Club and Proud to Be Chelsea
  • To adhere to the club’s policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and GDPR.
  • To act as an ambassador for diversity, equality, and inclusion, and demonstrate a positive commitment by treating others fairly in line with our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy and reporting any acts of discrimination through appropriate channels
  • To create a safe environment and act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are either in your care or attending club premises, and report any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead
  • To report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the HR Department


Personal Specification:



  • Relevant sector qualifications in Horticulture and or Arboriculture
  • Excellent knowledge of Horticulture and best practices




  • Proven experience within the Horticulture, Landscape or Arboriculture industry holding the relevant qualifications.
  • Excellent knowledge of Horticulture & Arboriculture
  • Competent operation of all Landscape based machinery
  • Ability to work within a motivated team and also able take reasonability when lone working.
  • Demonstrable experience of working knowledge of health and safety processes and procedures.
  • Passionate and willing to work outdoors and in all weathers.
  • Able to work in a professional and responsible manner.
  • Good communication skills.
  • excellent time management, attention to detail, and a friendly and outgoing personality.
  • A flexible approach to working hours, particularly weekends and bank holidays, is a must.
  • Proficiency in plant identification, pest and disease management.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems and their maintenance.
  • Ability to operate landscape machinery and equipment.
  • Familiarity with organic gardening practices and sustainability principles.



  • RHS Level 2/3 Diploma in Horticulture, or equivalent.
  • Training and certification in Arboriculture and/or use of chainsaws and other machinery
  • Experience in Landscape design


The Employee must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to Chelsea Football Club policies and procedures in particular Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and with regard to the Data Protection Act. The Employee must act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are in their care or attending the Company's premises. The Employee must report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the Safeguarding Lead. 

Chelsea Football Club and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups) that are in our care or attending our premises. As a consequence, Chelsea FC may require any successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to working at our premises. Successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening appropriate to the post applied for.

The Employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relations amongst Employees and customers. 

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.