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Grounds Assistant

To be responsible for the day-to-day up keep of the grounds and gardens and future development of University grounds.

This will be done with the assistance from other grounds colleagues, using provided machinery and equipment with appropriate protective clothing and instruction. This is a post for an out-door worker with standing, walking, heavy handling and use of machinery.

In this position you will assist the Grounds Team in the general grounds maintenance of all University Sites, not only to support the University Development plans, but also to put customer satisfaction as a prime performance target. This post is predominantly based at St Johns Site with the Grounds Team however; the post holder will be required to work on any of the other University Sites as and when required within the Campus Services Team.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Tuesday 24 Apr 2018

Reference number: FM1804 - 3600

Job details

Job details

Band 2: £15,961 - £16,342 with opportunity to progress to £16,983
Full time, 37 hours a week (with occasional weekends required to cover events)
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Grounds Manager
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed


For more information about the department visit the Facilities website.




We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution. We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. We are now a community of over 12,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines; we are a major employer in the region.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s on-going and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

The University of Worcester is a high quality University with an international reputation for excellent, inclusive education, as well as a dynamic engine for social and economic development in the region. We are known for creative, high achieving work with partner organisations and for promoting equal opportunities.

The St Johns Campus is located close to the Worcester city centre. It is characterised by relatively low-density development with non-residential and residential buildings of a range of ages and designs. There are extensive playing fields and the campus is attractively landscaped. The residential student Halls provides 789 bed spaces.
The City Centre Campus is within walking distance of the St Johns Campus at Henwick Grove, The Worcester Business School is based on here together with student Halls providing 176 bed spaces.

The Riverside Campus is located between the St Johns and City Campus’ is the location for the University Arena and the Riverside Building.

The University also have a number of satellite sites ranging from sports fields to student accommodation.

Campus Services are based within the Facilities Department, which covers a wide range of services within University of Worcester, including Halls of Residence, Cleaning, Estates, Campus Services Assistants, Grounds, Reception, Commercial bookings and Catering. We also work very closely with Student Services supporting the University Community Development Workers.
Students living and studying on campus come from a range of backgrounds, cultures and communities and the primary task of the Facilities department is to ensure all University of Worcester students live in a harmonious, secure, tolerant and respectful environment conducive to learning and personal development.


Main duties

Main duties

1. To carry out day-to-day maintenance of the gardens, grounds and associated areas across all University Sites under the direction of the Grounds Manager or Senior Grounds Person.

2. To assist the Grounds team in any Biodiversity research associated with the University grounds.

3. To work alongside apprentices and help develop their skills.

4. To report any damages and breakages to the Grounds Manager.

5. To carry out maintenance and up keep of all sports amenities, including artificial surfaces belonging to the University.

6. To use, maintain and control equipment, tools and materials associated with the role.

7. To wear protective/visible clothing provided for personal safety and well-being.

8. To use tractor and trailer and tractor-mounted machines across all University sites.

9. To liaise with colleagues to further the objectives of Grounds maintenance, its development and efficient service delivery.

10. To assist academic staff by maintaining resources for practical research e.g. bird boxes, greenhouses, etc.

11. To empty litter bins around campus daily and undertake patrols of all areas of the University’s sites and car parks. Where appropriate, to clear litter using pedestrian and mechanical sweepers.

12. To be responsible and provide assistance when fire alarm sounds, including marshalling staff to Fire Evacuation points.

13. To identify and address your own development needs in consultation with line management.

14. To attend any work related training as directed by the Grounds Manager.

15. To carry out any other task as required within the general level of skill and reasonable expectation of the role. 

 *Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Possession of a current full clean driving license to enable use of University vehicles.

2. Possession of NVQ Level 2 qualification in Horticulture or background in Horticulture.

3. Relevant work experience within parks and gardens or related sport amenities.

4. A flexible approach to work, in relation to being able to work some weekends as necessary.

5. Ability to make decisions and sound judgements.

6. Good interpersonal and excellent oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively confidently and clearly with a range of audiences including senior managers, academic staff, internal colleagues, students and external contacts.

7. Ability to work in a team as well as independently.

8. Computer literacy skills, including ability to use Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook).

Desirable Criteria

1. Ability to drive a tractor with a trailer

2. Certificates in (pesticide) spraying or a willingness to undertake and obtain an appropriate qualification within 12 months of being in post.

3. Experience of maintaining sports playing fields.

4. A chain saw certification.

5. Knowledge of Health and Safety at Work in a grounds environment.

6. Background knowledge of machinery maintenance i.e. maintenance on lawn mowers.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at .

Visit  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.


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