Grounds Operative

University of Northampton

Job Type

Full Time Permanent


£21,029 – £21,761 per annum plus market supplement of £851 per annum


Waterside Campus

About the job

Interview Date: 14 July 2023

A new exciting opportunity has arisen within the External Services Department for a Grounds Operative to provide estate maintenance on the University grounds across several sites. To carry out, on a day-to-day basis, the routine operations necessary in maintaining the estate. To ensure completion of reactive duties in line with the help desk system, observing priorities set and working to scheduled timescales with minimum disruption. Carry out and assist with the full range of “year round” cyclical horticultural/grounds maintenance, landscape development and estate operations.

This position involves assisting the Grounds Supervisor in the delivery of all aspects of grounds maintenance to deliver a high quality environment. This will include grass cutting, hedge and shrub pruning, some hard landscaping (repairs), artificial pitch management, weed management and biodiversity management.

The post involves severe weather operations and the successful candidates must be willing to work on an on-call rota during these periods. An on-call payment is made when on-call, and additional hours paid.

We are an accredited Living Wage Foundation Employer and currently pay the real living wage. In recognition of this the salary for this post has been increased to pay the higher amount which currently supersedes the actual Grade 3 starting salary before living wage which is £20,092 per annum.

In line with UNEL policies and procedures, the market supplement is subject to review every 24 months. The supplement is a fixed amount and not subject to annual cost of living increases other than the 24 month review. The supplement is pensionable, subject to statutory deductions and would be included in calculations for the purposes of other payments such as maternity/paternity/sickness. The advertised figure is based on a full time post and would be pro rata for part time posts.

About you


  • full UK driving licence 
  • Experience of working in a grounds/horticultural role
  • Experience in the operation of garden machinery, including its care and maintenance e.g. hedge cutters, strimmers, ride-on mowers
  • Good organisational skills
  • Be prepared to work outside in all weathers


  • Experience of working in the educational sector 



  • Able to demonstrate literacy and numeracy skills to a standard appropriate to the post


  • Qualification in either groundsmanship, gardening or other associated trades

About Us

1st  Degree Facilities is a trading name of UNEL which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Northampton and this vacancy is covered by UNEL Terms and Conditions of employment.

This is an exciting time to join our Company as the University relocated in September 2018 to a new purpose-built, town-centre campus.

Right to Work

Please note that the University of Northampton Enterprises Limited are unable to offer sponsorship to work in the UK. We can therefore only accept applications from individuals who are currently eligible to work in the UK.


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