Red Flag Recruitment
17000.00 - 19000.00 GBP Annual
01 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Role

Reporting to the Head Groundsperson, the Grounds Maintenance Operative will assist in maintaining the school grounds to a high standard of appearance.

Main Duties

Note: Lists of activities are not intended to be exhaustive, but are indicative of the nature and level of duties and responsibilities which the post holder will be asked to perform.

  1. Undertaking grass cutting which may entail driving a tractor or self-propelled mower. Undertaking general landscape maintenance duties involving the use of powered hand tools and light plant, e.g. mowing equipment, strimmers, hedge cutters.
  1. Assisting with general horticultural operations in the preparation and maintenance of landscape features, e.g. tree, shrub and flower planting, pruning, grass seeding, weeding, digging, leaf and litter collection.
  1. Assisting in the preparation and maintenance of sports facilities including basic setting out and marking of pitches, erection of sports equipment.
  1. Preparing, planting and maintaining gardens and landscape features in accordance with the grounds maintenance plan and recognised good horticultural practice, in order to ensure a high standard of appearance throughout the year.

  1. Preparing planting plans for ornamental planting areas, having due regard to factors including soil composition, drainage, prevailing weather, location, flowering times, pests etc.

  1. Undertaking general horticultural operations in the preparation and maintenance of landscape features, e.g. tree, shrub and flower planting, pruning, grass seeding, weeding, digging, leaf and litter collection, cleaning and tree inspections.
  1. Undertaking basic repairs and maintenance to sports equipment, external furniture, fences, walls, gates, gullies etc.
  1. Carrying out daily inspections of hand tools and light plant to be used by the post holder, and reporting any damage to the Team Leader.
  1. Complying with personal responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and associated legislation, together with School health and safety rules.
  1. Assisting other teams within the Estates Department when required.
  1. Driving School vehicles in connection with duties.

General Conditions

  1. The post holder will be required to wear the uniform provided by the School.
  1. The post holder must be willing to work overtime to meet operational requirements.
  1. It will be necessary for the post holder to be trained in, and use, new technology and equipment as these are introduced. The post holder will be expected to consider all new training opportunities, techniques and courses made available.

  1. This post is subject to a six-month probationary period.

Person Specification


  • Enthusiasm and interest in horticultural work
  • Commitment to providing a quality service
  • Able to use hand tools
  • Able to lift up to 25kg and able to carry out physically demanding work
  • Willing to work outside in all weather
  • Willing to work outside normal working hours if required
  • Willing to contribute as a team member


  • Amenity Horticulture NVQ Level 2
  • Current full driving licence
  • Towing (driving licence category CIE (van and trailer))
  • Knowledge of botany, horticulture, plant identification, propagation and fine turf
  • Knowledge of job-related health and safety
  • Experience in amenity horticulture
  • Experience of operating tractor and self-propelled grass cutting machinery



Salary: GBP17,346 - GBP18,542

Holidays: 22 days per year rising to 27 after 5 years service plus bank holidays (May Day is a normal working day)

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday - Friday. Some paid overtime working and out-of-hours callouts may be required.

Other benefits include:

  • Contributory pension scheme for staff
  • Remission of fees for a child attending the school, in line with the current policy of the School Council, subject to the usual standards and procedures for admission (currently 40%).
  • Free school meals whilst on duty
  • Death in service benefit
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • 'Cycle to Work' scheme

If you are the person for the job, send your CV over to Hannah King at Red Flag Recruitment.