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Grounds Maintenance Operative

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell, West Midlands
£19,312 - £20,493 per annum
Closing date
5 Jan 2022

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This position is Seasonal/Fixed Term from 28th March to 30th October 2022.

The Grounds and Estate Maintenance team, based at Taylors Lane, Oldbury provides a broad range of horticultural services to locations across the Borough of Sandwell.

Tasks include grass cutting, weed management, bed and shrub maintenance, as well as sports field preparation and maintenance.

We are seeking to recruit up to 20 Fixed Term/Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Operatives to work alongside our permanent teams to assist with, mainly, grass cutting/mowing tasks from March to October 2022. You may be based anywhere within the Sandwell area.

You must:

  • Have a full UK driving licence with a minimum of 12 months driving experience (you must have the ability to drive a 3.5 tonne, manual, pickup style vehicle – the ability to tow a trailer would be also be an advantage, but not a requirement);
  • Have experience of using commercial mowing machinery, including pedestrian and ride-on machines.

You will receive basic training on

  • ride-on/pedestrian mowing machinery
  • horticultural equipment including strimmer/hedgetrimmer/leaf blowers
  • health and safety

You will be required to drive a manual 3.5 tonne vehicle and successful candidates will be required to pass a Driving Assessment (if they haven’t already done so) and MUST currently hold the category of licence required to operate these vehicles.

You will also be required to pass an assessment to demonstrate that you are competent in the use of mowing and horticultural equipment.

You will be required to wear safety footwear and uniform (PPE), which will also be provided to successful candidates.

Interested? If you meet our requirements, we want to hear from you.

Closing Date: 05th January 2022

Interviews: Scheduled for 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st January 2022 via face to face interviews at Taylors Lane Depot – social distancing measures are in place.

Our Values; Trust, Unity and Progress make us unique, they define how we do things and are reflected in the way we behave. They are important to us, guiding and shaping our organisational culture. Our values are key to us achieving Sandwell’s Vision 2030 and also guide us when we recruit.


37 hours per week


We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to their advertised date if we receive a large number of applications. Therefore, you are strongly advised to complete and return your application as soon as possible. When completing your application please refer to the supporting documents attached.

If you have a disability and require assistance in making an application, or have experienced a problem whilst applying for a position, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0121 569 3300 or via e-mail to:

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