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The FA

The FA

Estates Grounds Person - Summer Fixed Term Contract


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Feb 26, 2024


The playing field won't level itself
The Estates Grounds team at the iconic National Football Centre, St. George's Park, are looking for a Grounds person to join the team to support during the busy Summer 2024 period. This will be for approximately 4 months.
You will:

Be 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.
Work as part of the Estates Team in the maintenance of the site in accordance with current management plans and annual work schedules produced
Help ensure the site is kept clear of litter and presentable for visitors, clients and staff
Help ensure clear and safe pedestrian and vehicular access to the site particularly in adverse weather conditions.

About the Team

Looking after our world-class venues, these teams are in charge of making sure everything is safe and operationally ready. From day-to-day maintenance and perfecting pitches for matches to overseeing world-class music concerts, flagship NFL events and facilities upgrades, they're custodians of English football's two national homes.

What will you be doing?

Assist in maintaining and preparing the gardens and landscape areas to high standards set out by senior estates management team.
Assist with work on the wider estate carrying out works in line with estate management plans
Assist with 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
Assist with bed and planter maintenance including – planting, weeding, pruning, forking, digging, mulching, watering, edging
Assist with hedge maintenance including – weeding, cutting, edging
Path and kerb maintenance to include – cleaning, spraying, weeding, brushing, blowing, gritting and snow clearing
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
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 the role, to include mandatory set out by FA group.
To be responsible for ensuring all equipment and tools are returned in good condition
Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:


Good attitude and willingness to work.
Knowledge of Health and Safety and safe working practices


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

Beneficial to have:

Knowledge of any of trees, shrubs, plants, flowers
Machinery knowledge of either use, maintenance or both
Previous proven experience in a grounds maintenance / horticulture role
An understanding and safe use of ride on rotary mowers, pedestrian mowing, hedge trimmers, blowers and strimmers


Previous use of pedestrian mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters
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
A sports fan in general

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitivesalary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
Free private medical cover.
A contributory pension scheme.
An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

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 acrossmen'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 Women's Adobe 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.

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.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments – Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change – which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Associationactively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunitiesemployer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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