UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON gardener job

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Campus services and facilities

Location: Campus Highfield

Salary: £19,824 to £20,600 Per year
Full-time or part-time based on 36 hours per week (Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Closing Date: Monday 02 May 2022

Date of interview: be confirmed

Reference: 1781822TD

The Landscaping Services team manages the award-winning university grounds, spread across multiple sites in the city and surrounding campuses. We maintain and develop incredible green spaces and contribute directly to the student and staff experience by providing a diverse range of outdoor spaces. A virtual tour will give you a glimpse of life on our Highfield campus.

We encourage a variety of wildlife on site and have achieved hedgehog friendly status for our campuses. We encourage organic practices wherever possible, contributing to a more sustainable future.

The role

A valued role within our small, friendly team of landscapers who aim to provide a high quality service while respecting the management and upkeep of all University grounds and landscaped areas.

This role will consist in carrying out the cultivation of the soil, the manure, the preparation of the site; planting and surgery of trees, shrubs, plants, sod, grass seedlings, grass mowing and new planting schemes. Operation and adjustment of modern machinery including tractors, riding mowers, walk behind mowers and other horticultural equipment to ensure optimum performance. You will work in a variety of green spaces, including structured and seasonal planting, woodlands, valley gardens and waterfront gardens.

About you

We are looking for an experienced gardener who has a passion for horticulture and is a good team player with a positive attitude. Ideally, you will have practical knowledge and skills in the use of horticultural maintenance machinery, but training can be provided if you have gardening experience and a desire to learn. You will thrive working outdoors in all weathers and always follow safe work practices.

What can we offer you

We support a flexible approach to work, along with additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous vacation allowance, access to a college pension plan, subsidized health and fitness facilities and a range of reductions. Plus, the University is a fantastic place to work – whatever stage of your life you’ll be a valued member of our team.

We are proactive in promoting a culture of inclusion, respect and equal opportunity. We select applicants based on merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applications from all candidates interested in the role and from those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities; people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities.

These positions are available on a permanent or full-time basis. Please ensure that your preference for hours is clearly stated as part of your application.

For an informal chat, please contact Martin Wyss, Landscape Services Manager on +44 (023)8059 9271

Application procedure

You must submit your completed online application form, including a CV, to https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The deadline for applications will be midnight on the closing date listed above. If you need help, please call Samantha Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 2750 or email [email protected] Please quote reference 1781822TD in all correspondence.

Please note: if successful, your job title will be Landscape Operator.

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