Groundsmen and greenkeepers


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Groundsmen and greenkeepers cut and lay turf and maintain areas for golf courses and other sports grounds.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. NVQs/SVQs in Sports Turf Management are available at Level 4. Professional qualifications are also available.

Typical tasks

  • levels ground and installs drainage system as required;
  • cuts and lays turf using hand and machine tools and repairs damaged turf;
  • moves soil to alter surface contour of land using mechanical equipment and constructs appropriate landscaping features and maintains such features;
  • monitors and maintains the quality and condition of turf;
  • rolls, mows and waters grass, marks out pitches.

Common job titles

Keeper, grounds
Supplier, turf
Keeper, grass
Digger, turf
Keeper, ground
Man, course, golf
Cutter, turf
Layer, turf
Contractor, turf
Improver, green
Attendant, ground
Keeper, green