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Countryside Maintenance Operative

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell Valley/Dartmouth Park - Salters Lane, West Midlands, B71 4BG
Band D, SCP 9 -17 (£25,119 - £28,770 per annum)
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Job Details

The Green services Department provides a broad range of horticultural services to locations across the Borough of Sandwell, including Sandwell Valley.

We are seeking to recruit a Countryside Maintenance Operative to work to assist with:

  • grass cutting/strimming, weed management, leaf clearance, bed and shrub maintenance, hedge cutting and various other horticultural tasks.
  • maintaining the Kitchen Garden at Sandwell Valley.
  • various repairs throughout Sandwell Valley i.e., fence and gate repair.
  • maintaining Dartmouth Park.

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, successful candidates will be required to pass a Driving Assessment (if they haven’t already done so).
  • Experience of working in a horticultural environment.
  • Experience of using a range of mechanical and manual horticultural tools.



Must be able to read, write and understand written and verbal instructions.

Ability to compose sentences and undertake simple arithmetic calculations.



37 Hours per week, including weekend working (Rota basis)

For an informal discussion, please contact Matt Gardner on Email

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

To apply please download the application and return to:




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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