IE: Deputy head grounds person

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and more than 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired and supported by the voluntary efforts of its members, the GAA is focused on the development and promotion of Gaelic Games and culture nationally and in local communities.

Home of the GAA, Croke Park Stadium is Ireland’s foremost sporting and entertainment venue. Over 1,500,000 visitors are welcomed annually to national and international events and the Croke Park campus also features Croke Park Meetings & Events and GAA Museum & Tours.

An opportunity now arises to join the Pitch team and to carry out the day-to-day running and maintenance of the playing surfaces in Croke Park Stadium and the National Games Development Centre (NGDC) at the National Sports Campus. The role holder is also required to assist with the maintenance of the Croke Park Turf Farm in North County Dublin, ensuring the expected high standards are achieved.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with all grounds services in order to maintain company and professional standards;
  • Undertake routine preparation and maintenance work at the Turf Farm and the playing surfaces at Croke Park Stadium and the GAA NGDC;
  • Operate tractors with attachments, utility vehicles, mowers and other necessary equipment for the maintenance of the 3 facilities;
  • Undertake all preparatory and renovation work to maintain safe, quality playing surfaces;
  • Maintain a performance testing approach to pitch management;
  • Involvement in the propagation of grass, through planting, fertilising, etc;
  • Management of a range of reinforced pitch systems;
  • Ensure all vehicles and equipment are regularly maintained in accordance with routine operating requirements;
  • Monitor the use and stock levels of consumable items;
  • Ensure the safe use, storage, calibration and disposal of pesticides, fertilisers and other similar substances;
  • Management of third party contractors;
  • Assist in the supervision of full-time, seasonal and voluntary pitch staff;
  • Make recommendations regarding improved work systems, labour and machinery utilisation;
  • Work closely with the Manager to manage the daily operations of the team:
  • Assist with budget management, reporting and presenting as required.

Criteria:

  • FETAC Level 6 Sports Turf Management or City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance or equivalent;
  • PA1, PA2 and PA6a spraying certificates;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role within the industry;
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of pitch technology such as Irrigation, Undersoil Heating and FAVVS (Forced Air Ventilation Vacuum System) and Stadium Grow Lights;
  • Proven experience in the use of pitch maintenance machinery and good knowledge of grounds maintenance techniques;
  • A full clean driving licence;
  • People management experience with the proven ability to build strong working relationships;
  • Experience of budget management;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong ability to work independently on own initiative and perform as part of a team;
  • Excellent problem solving and time management skills, and attention to detail;
  • Awareness and understanding of relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures;
  • Ability to work weekends and bank holidays when required;
  • Flexibility to work between the Turf Farm, Croke Park Stadium and the GAA National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown;
  • An interest in, and knowledge of, Gaelic Games and Croke Park Stadium.

Candidates interested in the above role should apply with an up to date cover letter and Curriculum Vitae on or before 3pm on Thursday, 29th September 2022. You can apply HERE

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