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Cares for outdoor sports pitches and arenas like golf courses and tennis courts.


The Work header image

Groundsmen/women make sure that sports surfaces are kept in good condition.  
 
They prepare level surfaces then turf or seed them and maintain them by regular cutting, trimming, irrigation and application of pesticides. They also mark out surfaces for different sports such as tennis and football. Where surfaces are artificial, they clean and repair them according to the requirements of the material. Other tasks include general upkeep of hedges, fencing, netting and seating.  
 
Hand tools such as spades and forks are used, as well as powered hedge cutters, strimmers and a range of machinery from manual lawnmowers to tractor driven motormowers. Cleaning, maintaining and making minor repairs to machinery are also part of their daily work.  
 
Protective clothing such as masks, gloves and goggles are worn. Groundsmen/women work outdoors in all weather conditions  
 
Hand tools such as spades and forks are used, as well as powered hedge cutters, strimmers and a range of machinery from manual lawnmowers to tractor driven motormowers. Cleaning, maintaining and making minor repairs to machinery are also part of their daily work.  
 
Protective clothing such as masks, gloves and goggles are worn. Groundsmen/women work outdoors in all weather conditions. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate vehicles and powered equipment, such as mowers, tractors, twin-axle vehicles, snow blowers, chain saws, electric clippers, sod cutters, and pruning saws.

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Mow or edge lawns, using power mowers or edgers.

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Shovel snow from walks, driveways, or parking lots and spread salt in those areas.

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Care for established lawns by mulching, aerating, weeding, grubbing, removing thatch, or trimming or edging around flower beds, walks, or walls.

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Use hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.

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Prune or trim trees, shrubs, or hedges, using shears, pruners, or chain saws.

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Gather and remove litter.

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Maintain or repair tools, equipment, or structures, such as buildings, greenhouses, fences, or benches, using hand or power tools.

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Mix and spray or spread fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides onto grass, shrubs, or trees, using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders.

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Provide proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, fountains, planters, burial sites, or other grounds features.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:  Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Groundsmen/women are resourceful people who need patience and a keen observational eye to detect damage to sports surfaces. You should enjoy being involved with sporting activities and be accurate with measurements.  
 
A good technical knowledge of soil science and plant biology is required. There is a good deal of walking, lifting and carrying so you will need to be physically fit.


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Go..Estates Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Groundsman - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Groundsman or Groundkeeper - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Irish Sports Council
  Address: Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  Tel: (01) 8608800
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