Requisition ID:  26891

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  28 Mar 2024


Salary: £23,393 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 17 April 2024



The Role


The Grounds Department sits within the Estates and Facilities team. You will be part of a small team within the Grounds team and will report to the Grounds Supervisor. Your job is essentially to help deliver a high quality, efficient, customer focused grounds maintenance service to our customers. We are responsible for a number of the external elements of the Campus including the maintenance of the campus landscape, which incorporates all grassed and shrub areas, paths, hedges and trees.  We are also responsible for the maintenance of the extensive portfolio of outdoor sports grounds for all major team sports.  Our Sports Ground at Cochrane Park was the dedicated football training venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


To take a virtual tour of our grounds, please click here.


The role is to look after the overall maintenance of the garden and grounds, reporting to the Grounds Supervisor the general jobs will include, grass cutting, hedge cutting, weeding, planting, leaf collection and winter maintenance duties. These tasks will typically involve using a wide variety of powered machinery and we are also responsible for all the external cleaning of the site, as such, litter picking and bin emptying duties.


 We work 37 hours per week Monday – Friday.  Our working times vary between teams but will be between the hours 7.00am and 4.30pm.  There may occasionally be a requirement to work overtime to ensure of an effective and efficient Grounds maintenance service.


We are seeking people who can work well as part of a small but highly dedicated team, has exceptional attention to detail and a willingness to learn, including opportunities to obtain the none mandatory qualifications mentioned below. This position would be perfect for someone who has a passion for gardening and horticulture as well as having a good understanding of what is required to work in excellent quality gardens.  To be highly successful in this role, you should  be a dynamic and enthusiastic individual with the ability to work using your own initiative as well as working closely with the existing team.  There are 3 positions available ,fixed term for 6 months, 12.5 days annual leave will be accrued throughout the duration of the contract.


To apply please either upload your CV and answer the mandatory application questions relating to your experience. If you do not have a CV please ensure you complete the education and employment history sections on the application form.


Informal enquiries should be sent to Dean Murray, Assistant Grounds Manager at or phone 07526 200 356.


Key Accountabilities

  • General grounds maintenance tasks such as grass cutting, litter picking hedge trimming, weeding and planting
  • Assist in winter maintenance program by clearing snow and ice from paths and roads in winter by hand and by machine
  • Drive a range of University vehicles across multiple sites
  • Empty external litter bins when required
  • Select and safely use a range of powered machinery to carry out daily tasks
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills on a daily basis
  • Ensure of a clear understanding of general and in-house health and safety rules and regulations
  • Completion of relevant safety documentation e.g. risk assessments and COSHH assessments
  • Complete all mandatory and specialist training courses identified by the Grounds Manager to facilitate safe working to the required standards


The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of using a range of horticultural machinery
  • Experience of driving a range of vehicles e.g. tipper vans (full licence)
  • The post holder needs to be personable and a good communicator
  • Experience within the Higher Education sector
  • Experience of delivering customer service
  • Sound working knowledge of legislation relating to H & S e.g. risk assessments and COSHH assessments
  • IT literate – Windows applications


  • Significant plant ID knowledge


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Physically fit and able to carry out demanding tasks, often in extremes of weather
  • Willingness to carry out paid overtime on occasion to meet business need i.e. special events or times of peak demand
  • Willingness to attend internal and externally provided courses and apply the knowledge gained at these courses

Planning and Organising

  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Uses own and others’ time effectively
  • Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Plans workload and tasks in a systematic way
  • Ensures that all activities are completed on time

Finding Solutions

  • Uses initiative to sort things out, is enterprising in effective use of material, financial and human resources
  • Looks at ways of overcoming obstacles rather than coming to a standstill
  • Confidentiality deals with a broad range of information
  • Keeps an open mind to alternative ways of doing things

Delivering Services

  • Getting the job done well
  • Sees other departments and colleagues as “customers” and follows through on their enquiries and requests
  • Keeps fellow team members up to date with progress
  • Co-Operates with others in achieving targets
  • Strives to delivery high quality results
  • Is enthusiastic in getting the job done on time

Team Working

  • Encourages others to get involved
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Gets involved with team tasks
  • Supportive of team decisions
  • Ask others opinion
  • Keeps other team members up to date with progress
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others


  • Can put forward own view whilst listening and respecting the views and opinions of others
  • Clear and concise; gets the message across to others
  • Chooses communication tools appropriately e.g. selective use of emails and other channels of communication



  • Full clean driving licence


  • Level 2 qualification in horticulture or landscape management
  • NPTC PA1 and PA6
  • NPTC in Chainsaw, Maintenance and Cross Cutting


Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 26891