Grounds Maintenance Operative T2

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JUL20228861

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£18,887 - £19,280 Per Annum

Closing date

31 August 2022

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

The In House Grounds Maintenance Operations Service covers a range of areas across the city and is responsible for the 760 hectares of publicly accessible green space in Portsmouth.

The services main priority is to maintain a high standard across all grounds maintenance areas and develop its service centred around community engagement and interaction of Portsmouth’s Parks and Open Spaces.

As part of the Grounds Maintenance operations team, you will carry out the necessary works to ensure that our schools, parks, gardens, and open spaces are well maintained and kept tidy to a level of continuity for the residents, communities and visitors, this will include fine turf maintenance of bowling greens, golf and cricket. You will also be required to maintain grass sports, which includes line marking of football, rugby, softball and summer grass sports.  You will have to be responsible for spraying – herbicide and pesticide (PA1 PA6 or equivalent certificated holders only). You will also drive a range of commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tons.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will be experienced in general grounds maintenance and advantage to hold a Certificate in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance and / or NVQ Horticulture Level and 2 or equivalent.  You will ideally hold certification PA1 PA6 in herbicide and pesticide application or equivalent LANTRA Level 2 Award In The Safe Use Of Pesticides. You will also have a clean full driving license and the ability to tow would be an advantage.

You will be able to plan and manage your time effectively, deciding which tools and equipment are required for individual tasks to make certain your tasks are completed efficiently, to meet the purpose of keeping the local parks well maintained.  You will be aware of Health and Safety requirements, hazardous material etc.

Full training and a uniform will be provided.

If you are able to work under supervisory instruction and follow set processes and procedures together with the ability to work automatously when required and you can be flexible to provide cover at weekends and out of normal working hours when required then we would love to hear from you.


What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, including flexible working hours, extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme and a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all. 

What next

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

Please ensure to complete the application in its entirety and add in comments to the Personal Statement section

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

 If a suitable candidate is found the advert will close early so please apply as soon as possible.