About the role

To manage a team ensuring maintenance of a quality racing surface all year round, managing maintenance of the outside areas to the highest possible standard of presentation and maintenance of buildings and equipment as well as assisting in the operational aspects of Racedays and Events.


Key responsibilities for the role will include

This is a challenging yet rewarding role for a motivated individual. Although part of a team, working with one’s own initiative is vital in delivering the responsibilities within this role.




Under the direction of the Executive Director / Clerk of the Course, carry out a maintenance programme for the course to include watering. This will involve record keeping and regular walking/inspection of the course and the adjoining areas


Responsible for preparing the course for racing – to include fence and hurdle preparation, rail movement, mowing, fertilizing, spraying, ‘treading in’, aeration, rolling and seeding as required


Ordering of necessary materials to achieve the above but in consultation with the Executive Director / Clerk of the Course for budgetary control


Responsible for repairing, setting out and realigning of the running rail as required by the Clerk of the Course


Control of groundstaff and casual staff on racedays


Monitor and record weather conditions plus attention to weather forecasts


In conjunction with the Executive Director / Clerk of the course, pre-racing Going reports




Maintenance of pumps and abstraction equipment


Maintenance of tow lines and sprinklers for course irrigation


Course watering, within the abstraction license, to achieve the desired Going


Record keeping for the above to satisfy the Environment Agency


Oversee any drainage works and monitor performance of such once installed




Maintain all lawned areas and parade rings with particular attention to raceday presentation


Maintain flowerbeds and shrubberies


Ordering plants and shrubs – within budgetary constraints


Planting out flowerbeds through the growing season


Keep flowerbeds and shrubberies weed free


Hanging baskets – summer and spring/autumn


Maintenance of all hedges and trees




In conjunction with the stables manager ensure the stables are prepared in line with BHAGI requirements for racedays and are cleaned afterwards in a timely fashion


Ensure that stables are disinfected in line with BHAGI requirements and records kept


Report any maintenance matters to the site team when necessary


Disposing of waste and manure


Ordering necessary equipment






On occasion you may be required to assist with the maintenance of other buildings on site




Responsible for the general maintenance of outside areas including car parks, tracks, tarmac areas and horsebox park




Ensuring all stands and enclosures are cleaned prior to racing and that all litter is removed after racing


Empty rubbish bins prior to and after each raceday or Events and Venue Hire activities


Monitor cleanliness of car parks, horsebox park, saddling boxes, equipment stores and all surrounding areas.




Ensure all course machinery and equipment is maintained in safe working order.


Organise repairs and replacements where and when necessary. Approval must be sought on such expenditure for budgetary control


Prepare an annual plan, in conjunction with the Clerk of the Course, for equipment purchasing and a servicing plan




Instruct, supervise and assist staff in their duties


Recruit casual labour for racedays and otherwise as required


Ensure all staff comply with all statutory procedures and company rules


Supervise time keeping of all staff, plus collect, verify and return time sheets to the racecourse office. Report any sickness or absenteeism


Agree the annual leave/holiday for your staff and maintain records


Keep records of and report any injuries to staff whilst on duty


Supply staff with protective clothing when necessary


Regulations and safe working practices in accordance with current legislation and as detailed in the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and Procedures




Liaise with the Racecourse Office regarding Events and Venue Hire activities; arrange any input required by groundstaff


The above is not an exhaustive list of duties. The racecourse business is a dynamic and challenging environment and on occasion you will be required to assist in duties outside of those detailed in this job description and therefore a flexible approach is required.


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