Ministerial Appointment to the Board of Conservators by the Secretary of State for Defence under Section 12 of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871
Candidates are now being sought for the role of a Conservator to be appointed by the Secretary of State for Defence.

The Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC) ensure that Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common (known collectively as “the Commons”) are managed and conserved in accordance with the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act 1871, as supplemented by the Commissioners Clauses Act 1847 and Byelaws, and their legal obligations as Trustees of a registered charity. We are a non-political organisation, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Commons.

The Commons comprise around 1,140 acres of countryside, of which approximately 900 acres of the Commons are recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The open space can be enjoyed for exercise and recreation and attracts large numbers of visitors.

Managed by a team of 22 staff, the Commons are also home to many sporting facilities including some 48 acres of playing fields used for rugby and football, 16 miles of horse rides and a golf course.

Candidates are now being sought for the role of a Conservator to be appointed by the Secretary of State for Defence. We are looking for someone with drive, enthusiasm and an appropriate balance of skills to complement experience within the existing Board. Applicants must be able to demonstrate military experience and/or a connection to the MoD and ideally have experience of being part of a multi-disciplinary Board of Trustees.

A Candidate Brief/Information Pack for this challenging but rewarding role can be downloaded here:

Candidate Brief and Information Pack

or a hard copy can be obtained by contacting the The Ranger’s Office, Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon SW19 5NR, Tel: 020 8788 7655 e-mail

The Closing Date for returned applications is 13 August 2021

Interviews for the post will take place during week commencing 18 October 2021.

Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators are committed to equality of opportunities.



A vacancy has arisen for an experienced Groundsperson to assist in maintaining the sports facilities at the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields on Wimbledon & Putney Commons. The Playing Fields and Pavilion are home to rugby, football and other sports teams. A number of local schools have agreements to use the facilities. The successful applicant will work as part of a small team. The role involves preparing and maintaining the sports facilities (which include natural turf and synthetic surfaces) as well as general upkeep of the pavilion and surrounding areas.

Essential requirements include:

  • A minimum of two years’ experience of working in a similar role
  • Experience of operating sports turf machinery, including ride-on mowers
  • Ability to demonstrate a modern approach to sports turf preparation and maintenance.
  • Experience of setting out and marking lines – including use of a Beamrider
  • Sound understanding of Health and Safety legislation, standards and procedures
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good team worker
  • Positive, professional attitude
  • Full driving licence


  • Appropriate qualifications relevant to the role e.g. NVQ or Diploma in Sports Turf Management
  • Knowledge of maintenance of sports turf machinery
  • Good general DIY skills
  • Experience of maintaining artificial cricket surfaces


Hours:   40 hours per week. Post holder required to work one weekend in four during the football/rugby season and occasional weekends as required during the remainder of the year.

Salary:   £25,680 to £28,341 depending on experience. The successful candidate will also be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

One bedroom accommodation is available on site as an option for the successful candidate.

Closing date: 6th August 2021

For more information download the Application Pack

Completed application forms should be returned to Wimbledon and Putney Commons, Ranger’s Office, Manor Cottage, Windmill Road, Wimbledon SW19 5NR or emailed to by 06/08/21

Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators are committed to equality of opportunities.