Groundskeeper

Groundskeepers maintain facilities such as golf courses, parks, athletic tracks and other large sports grounds. They are responsible for keeping the turf field in tip-top condition, as well as looking after the rest of the grounds, where they do similar tasks to gardeners, or else supervise others doing these duties.


Duties of groundskeepers include the following: supervision of regular mowing, fertilising and aeration of fields; application of chemicals and fungicides to control weeds and crabgrass and to prevent diseases; and ensuring that the underlying soil has the proper consistency to sustain new sod. Groundskeepers also mark out boundaries and paint team logos and names on the turf before sporting events.

They need to have thorough knowledge of aspects such as soil erosion and pest and disease control. Some groundskeepers are also responsible for keeping machinery in working order, so some knowledge of mechanics is useful.


Employment


  • administrative bodies of large sports stadiums

  • schools, universities and educational institutions with sports facilities

  • sports clubs and public or private recreational facilities


Getting Started


  • familiarise yourself with different turfs and grasses, as well as other plants

  • find part-time or holiday work at a sportsground to gain some experience

  • offer to mow your neighbours’ lawns to earn pocket money

  • speak to groundskeepers about this type of work


Programmes

Coastal KZN TVET College, Lovedale Public TVET College, Vuselela TVET College


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