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Landscape and Sports Services

Location:  University Park
Salary:  £20,761 to £21,197 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Wednesday 07 June 2023
Reference:  NHE208023

University Park/Jubilee Campus

Gardener/Groundsworker - Sports

The University of Nottingham has been providing an outstanding student experience for over 140 years and is a leading university of worldwide significance with established campuses in UK, China and Malaysia. 

Your role as a Gardener/Groundsworker 

Based at either the Highfields Sports Ground or the River Sports Ground this is a full time, permanent role within the award winning sports grounds team. Main duties will include assisting with the maintenance of a wide range of sports grounds areas to a high standard including marking out playing surfaces and maintaining turf and artificial surfaces. Other duties will include the preparation, care and maintenance of amenity landscapes within University grounds including planting perennials, shrubs, etc. 

Candidates should be highly motivated, professional and be able to work with minimal supervision. You will be qualified to NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) in amenity horticulture or Sports Ground practices, or a related discipline or have substantial relevant experience and have the ability to operate a wide range of powered machinery including tractors and other equipment used in Sports grounds maintenance. Due to the frequency with which the post holder will drive between university sites a full current driving licence is essential for this role.

Further details regarding the duties for the post can be found on the attached job role profile.

What’s in it for you 

  • Ongoing support to develop your skills and gain industry recognised qualifications to further your career ambitions that may lead to different career paths and career progression. 
  • An excellent holiday allowance of 26 days, plus additional university closure days and bank holidays. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Counselling Service- 24/7 support. 
  • Supplier discounts, travel, and reward schemes.
  • Staff Networks, events and activities and state of the art sports facilities. 
  • A permanent post for 52 weeks of the year plus all of the tools you need to do a great job.
  • Uniform provided.

This position is offered on a permanent basis. Hours of work are full time, 36.25 hours per week to be worked 5 days out of 7 to be arranged (mainly Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 3.30pm) with flexibility to work weekends as required. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

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Informal enquiries may be addressed to David Butler, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Please quote ref. NHE208023

Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

This position does not fulfil the UK Visas & Immigration sponsorship criteria for Skilled Worker, therefore we can only accept applications from candidates who already have the right to work in UK.

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