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Grounds Maintenance Operative

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Taylors Lane, Oldbury
Band C SCP 5-8 (£21,575-£22,777 per annum)
Closing date
5 Jan 2024

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Local Councils
Job Type
Maintenance and security
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

Job Details

This position is Seasonal/Fixed Term from 18th March to 25th October 2024.

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 7 Fixed Term/Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Operatives to work alongside our permanent teams to assist with, mainly, grass cutting/mowing tasks from March to October 2024. 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/hedge trimmer/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 2024

Interviews will take place on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th January 2024 at Taylors Lane Depot, Oldbury 

For an informal discussion, please contact Paul Cresswell on 07813055650 or Email


37 hours per week

The council operates hybrid working. This involves working from an agreed workplace location in the borough for at least two days a 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:

For more information about working for Sandwell Council, our recruitment process and our offer to you please visit

Click here to find out more about our One Team Framework: Values and Behaviours.

Supporting documents
Personnel Specification
Job Description
Information for applicants


Who are we?

Sandwell is situated at the very heart of the West Midlands, just a stone’s throw from Birmingham. A large, diverse, metropolitan borough, Sandwell offers exciting opportunities for all in a friendly, supportive environment.

Why work for us?

  • Generous annual leave entitlements
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits scheme, which includes:
  • An exclusive retail discounts portal
  • Salary sacrifice schemes for cars, bikes, technology and car parking
  • An employee assistance and counselling service
  • Annual leave purchase scheme
  • A wide variety of learning and development opportunities
  • Flexi-time working
  • A variety of leave schemes including carers, compassionate, maternity and paternity
  • Volunteering scheme

Your career at Sandwell Council

We offer something for everyone, with an incredibly wide range of career opportunities, at any stage of your career, from apprentices to senior managers.

Whether your focus is a support service, such as Finance, Human Resources, Legal or ICT, or a frontline service, such as Social Care, Planning & Regeneration, Housing or Leisure, it’s worth looking at what Sandwell has to offer.

Our plans for the future

Our Vision 2030 shows just how committed we are to creating the best future possible for our communities and for the people who live and work in Sandwell. 

We’re a progressive organisation, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we know there’s much more to do to make our vision. For more information on our plans for the future see our dedicated vision 2030 page;

For more information about working for Sandwell Council, our recruitment process and our offer to you please visit;

For information on our Values and Behaviours, please visit:

To view a copy of the Local Government Career Guide, please visit;

Company info
0121 569 3300
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3BS

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