George Watson's College, Edinburgh

2x Groundsperson

Client Details:
George Watson's College in Edinburgh are a co-educational Independent school (Nursery – S6).

Candidate Profile:
Key Duties/Responsibilities

  • To undertake a wide range of turf operations, including mowing, aerating, scarifying and seeding.
  • Using machinery in renovation of grass areas.
  • Sports pitch preparation, turf management and setting out pitches for various sports events including rugby, cricket and athletics.
  • To maintain and operate safely and professionally a range of vehicles and equipment required for grounds care operations, 
  • The operation of powered hand tools including mowers, strimmers and hedge cutters.
  • To undertake general maintenance of machinery on a day to day basis.
  • To carry out gritting, salt spreading, snow cleaning, as necessary including road surfaces and footpaths through the School.
  • To ensure pathways and roads are maintained to a clean and tidy standard
  • To follow all Health and Safety Policy guidelines and policies as stated within the School’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • To undergo training as required.
  • Flexible approach to work and willing to work extra hours when required
  • Ability to work without supervision and be part of a team
  • To promote and safeguard the welfare of pupils at the School.

Essential Requirements:

  • Previous experience as groundsperson in a school or sports ground setting
  • Knowledge of pitch preparation for cricket, rugby, hockey, tennis & athletics
  • Knowledge of use of tractors, ride on/hand mowers and strimmers 
  • PA1, PA2 and PA6 spraying certificates.
  • Full Clean Driving Licence 
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team, willing to help others whenever necessary
  • Physically fit to meet the demands and nature of the manual work
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude, flexible 
  • Hard working with attention to quality and detail.
  • Trustworthy, reliable and prepared to work in all weathers 

Desirable requirements:

  • Knowledge of machinery maintenance 
  • Level 2 in Sports Turf Maintenance or Turf Science and Sports Ground Management or suitable equivalent.
  • Awareness of the responsibilities of working in an environment with young people
  • Chainsaw CS30/31 certificates
  • Membership of IOG

Process to apply:
Visit the School website: and apply using the application form, diversity form and send a cover letter.

1 x Permanent, full-time, 1 x Fixed-term, full time

43 per week Mon-Fri plus some weekend and evening work (overtime)

Closing date:
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 11:45pm

£20,124 - £25,341 per annum



Web site:

0131 446 6071