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Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF27836 - R2

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 30/06/2019

Job live date: 07/06/2019

Salary: £17,079 - £19,202 per annum

Employment type: AOS-Manual

Department: Estates

Division: Maintenance & Business Services

Hours per week: 36

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, permanent

The Estates Grounds Maintenance team manage the grounds for the University of Reading and a number of clients. The team maintains 3 campuses and numerous satellite sites ensuring the agreed SLA’s are met in an efficient and timely manner. The team manages a range of amenity plantings, sport facilities and habitats. We require motivated reliable gardeners who can work in the busy campus environment at a high standard. You will not be considered for this role without a UK valid full driving licence. Previous applicants need not apply.

We are looking to recruit 2 gardeners:
One post will be based in the Estates Grounds Maintenance team that manages the grounds for the University of Reading and a number of clients.    

One role will be predominately based within the sports team maintaining natural and artificial pitches across two sites.  

You will:

  • •    Be a self-motivated team member who gives reliable service at a consistently high level

  • •    Undertake lifting and manual tasks

  • •    Drive work vans, tractors and other self-propelled equipment

  • •    Work outside all year in a range of environments

  • •    Lone work at times using your intuitive

You will have:

  • •    A willingness to participate and succeed in any training deemed appropriate to the role

  • •    A valid UK driving licence enabling you to drive cars and light vans as a minimum

  • •    GCSE grade A-C (or equivalent) in English language

  • •    Good verbal communication skills

Ideally you will have:

  • •    Knowledge and awareness of health and safety practices and expectations.

  • •    Previous experience of working in grounds maintenance teams ideally in a similar organisation


Interviews to be held on 9th July 2019


Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Head of Grounds Maintenance

Contact role:

Deputy Head of Grounds Maintenance

Contact name:

Rupert Taylor

Contact name:

Duncan Zacks

Contact phone:

0784 3344513 (Office hours only and no voice mail please)


Contact phone:

0784 3344509 (Office hours only and no voice mail please)

Contact email:

Contact email:


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


The closing date for this job has now passed.


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