Grounds and Estates Operative (Arboriculture, Trees, Woodlands)

University of Exeter
Exeter, Devon
Starting salary will be from £16,289 per annum subject to knowledge, skills and experience
27 Jul 2017
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

This post offers the successful candidate the ability to join our award winning team of Grounds staff to help maintain the 153 Ha estates on the Exeter campuses. It contains over 10,000 mature trees, including three arboretums and veteran trees, some of which are attributed to original specimens collected by world famous plant collectors.

The appointment is on a 5 over 7 day work pattern, with an average working week of 36.5 hours over the course of the year. Weekend working will be required on a rota basis. Flexible working to cover severe weather incidents will also be required. The post is available on a full time permanent basis.

The successful candidate will need to have a significant, demonstrable experience and a CS39 certificate for climbing and safe operation of a chainsaw in a tree. In addition they are required to hold a certificate demonstrating they can undertake felling of small/medium trees and tree pruning operations. They must also be able to demonstrate the ability to safely use a range of arboricultural and horticultural tools and powered equipment. They must be able to demonstrate they can work safely as part of a team and to have a good knowledge of a range of landscaping and planting techniques. You will need to prove you are a good communicator with a clear understanding of customer needs. Knowledge of traffic management and road closures will be required to fulfil the role. A clean current driving licence and PA1/PA6a spraying certificates would be an advantage but are not essential to fulfil the role.

The University is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS is required for this post. 

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 39 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter.  If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

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The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce