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Groundstaff – Hale End
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Arsenal Football Club's Stadium Management department is responsible for all operational aspects of Emirates Stadium, the Club's Hertfordshire training facility, the club's Academy in north London and its headquarters located at Highbury House.

The team's work includes security, stewarding, property and facilities management and all matters relating to supporters', staff and visitors' health and safety.

The primary purpose of this role is to work as part of a team in the maintenance and general upkeep of the Arsenal Youth Academy Hale End.

Key Responsibilities

Maintenance of the amenity landscapes - hand and ride on cutting of grass, strimming around trees, sprinklers, hand digging borders, spreading composts, incorporating into soil, leaf clearing, sweeping up hard standing areas, pruning shrubs, disposing of cuttings and debris, hand weeding sensitive areas around plants where chemical control is not permitted etc

Tractor and trailer work when carrying out jobs

Wide use of machinery in renovation of grass areas - use of turf cutters, edgers, scarification, seeding, stone buriers and seeders

Grass cutting and strimming around ball stopping nets

Pedestrian and ride on grass cutters on football pitches and surrounds

Watering plants and other associated areas with hand held equipment

Assisting in the renovation of pitches using equipment associated with this process e.g. tractor and trailer work, sand spreading

Marking out pitches

Helping out with deliveries, manual handling of bags of sand, sand soil, fertilizer bags and seed bags ranging from 20-25kg

Cleaning equipment stores and associated washdown areas

Ad hoc duties as and when required

Main Job Requirements and Person Specification

Education/Qualifications/Training:

To be qualified to NVQ level 2 or above in green keeping and groundsmanship or equivalent

Spraying certificates PA1, 2 and 6 would also be an advantage

Specific Experience:

Be experienced in being able to use a wide range of turf care equipment i.e. cylinder mowers, ride on mowers, scarification equipment, a wide range of renovation equipment, as well as hedge cutters, strimmers and all equipment associated with amenity landscapes.

Previous experience in all aspects of grounds keeping, not only on playing surfaces but amenity landscapes as well

Prior experience of carrying out other duties in relation to the general upkeep of a training facility

To be able to work not only as part of a team, but also to show the capabilities to work using your own initiative, with the ability to demonstrate a good understanding of the latest health and safety legislation especially when using equipment

Mechanical knowledge would also be an advantage i.e. dealing with mower breakdowns and routine maintenance on equipment

Abilities/Skills/Knowledge:

Have a good mechanical knowledge of equipment and be able to assist when necessary in jobs in and around the workshop that require being undertaken, jobs include helping blade changing fabrication and also routine maintenance of equipment.

Be able to have a flexible attitude in carrying out other duties in relation to the general upkeep of the training facility.

Working to a high standard in looking after sports turf and amenity landscapes.

Be physically fit enough to deal with the manual and physical demands of the job such as the manual handling of deliveries such as bags of material of various weights

Have a meticulous approach to work when attention to detail is essential along with good communication skills when dealing with members of staff along with coaching staff.

Ability to use a wide range of turf care equipment i.e. cylinder mowers, triple and five unit mowers, scarification equipment plus a wide range of renovation equipment

To be able to work not only as part of a team ,but also to show the capabilities to work using your own initiative and providing a good understanding of the latest health and safety legislation especially when using equipment

Enjoy working to a high standard and have a flexible attitude, especially in terms of the unsocial hours that might be necessary.

A passion or empathy with sport/sports entertainment

Clean UK driving licence will be required due to different working locations

Hours of Work

Your normal basic week is Monday to Friday plus evening and weekend work as required; a total of 42.5 hours per week, including one hour for lunch.

Arsenal FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.

Closing Date: 21/06/2019

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