Environmental Operative / Grass Cutter

01 Aug 2019
29 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Purpose

To work as part of a team to deliver a seasonally-led best value, customer-focussed service throughout Leicestershire and occasionally, surrounding counties. You will work flexibly, efficiently and effectively to maintain environmental areas such as verges, hedges and footpaths in accordance with statutory requirements.

Activities included in this job description are: Grass Cutting, Hand Hedge Trimming, Verge Maintenance

Main Duties and Responsibilities


To undertake various environmental maintenance works to increase expertise in a range of environmental disciplines, and to gain experience in technical practices; safe working procedures and use of equipment and power tools. The list below is indicative of the types of work undertaken during summer months, but is not exhaustive:

* Grass cutting in urban areas, following set routes and schedules

* Hedge trimming and other cutting back tasks

The list below is indicative of the types of work undertaken during winter months, but is not exhaustive:

* Edging back to verges

* Cutting back overhanging foliage and hand hedge trimming

* Sign Washing

* General highway maintenance duties


To take part, on request, in a Standby rota to assist in emergency situations in order to provide out of hours cover, receiving instruction to attend sites and making the area safe prior to permanent solutions being put in place.


To support the Supervisor or Site Team Leader by:

* taking the role of lead operative as requested when working with other operatives on the same grade, with responsibility for ensuring the correct observance of Health and Safety directives with regards to personal protective equipment, application of Temporary Traffic Management requirements and the safe lifting and handling of materials and plant on site

* ensuring daily performance targets are met, raising any issues in a timely manner with the Supervisor or Site Team Leader

* taking the lead when working with temporary staff, to explain the requirements of the job, answer, or escalate to the Supervisor or Site Team Leader any queries and ensure they are made to feel part of the team


To carry out duties associated with Highway Works as directed by the line manager or senior person on site e.g.:

* driving of mowers and trailers

* operation of powered light plant

* all driver and operator maintenance associated with the above


To comply with all Health and Safety legislation, Traffic Management requirements and Operational Highways safety and quality procedures to ensure personal safety and that of colleagues and the general public. To comply with all Quality Management Systems, quality procedures and working practices.


To maintain training records in accordance with the requirements of the personal development process.


To comply with all authority and departmental policies, management systems, procedures and working practices (especially in relation to Health and Safety procedures).


To comply with risk assessments and safe working practices, ensuring a safe working environment, having regard to statutory requirements such as Health and Safety, COSHH Regulations and Driver's Hours Regulations.


To offer advice and guidance to less experienced operatives when working together in a mature manner to help them increase their skills and knowledge


To actively promote equality of opportunity, work towards eliminating discrimination and promote good relations between all groups of people

Special Factors

* The nature of the work may involve the jobholder carrying out activities outside of normal working hours, including night, weekends and public holidays, in all weather conditions to meet the needs of the service.

* The postholder may be required to support a call-out rota to cover evening, weekend and public holiday emergencies. Exclusion will apply to employees aged under 21

* Working hours will start and finish at the depot

* The postholder is responsible for getting themselves to/from the depot on a daily basis

* The postholder will be expected to start from, and travel to other depots and or sites, as directed, in order to fulfil departmental work programmes, subject to LCC terms and conditions regarding mileage allowance claims.

* The postholder will work (as instructed by a Supervisor or other Manager) with other individuals, gangs, teams or alone (within lone worker monitoring procedures)

* The postholder will attend Health Surveillance appointments as required

* The postholder will be required to attend, from time to time, training courses, conferences, seminars or other meetings as required by the Director

* Expenses will be paid in accordance with the Local Terms and Conditions of Service

* The postholder will, by local arrangement, be entitled to additional pay when they assume the lead role on site, where operatives are working together on the same or lower grades

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