Estate Officer - Groundsperson

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Estate Assistant - Grounds
Slough, Berkshire

Do you have green fingers and enjoy the outdoors? Are you experienced in ground maintenance and take pride in creating spaces that provide a source of enjoyment for others?

We are looking for an Estate Assistant to care for, and look after, our 5.5 acres of land, which is home to a 19th-century manor house, The Mere, and modern offices. Joining our facilities team, you’ll provide the annual programme of activities that ensure we offer a safe and enjoyable space for staff and visitors to enjoy.

We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. You’ll advise on the selection of plants across the estate, preparing and planting flower beds and containers and watering lawns, beds and hanging baskets.

The key activities of your role will be to:

- To undertake a seasonal programme of grounds activities which includes digging, forking, mulching, hoeing, mowing, edging, hedge cutting, trimming, weeding, pest and disease control, leaf clearance, etc. and requires competence across a range of manual and power tools and equipment
- Using and maintaining hand tools, ladders, light machinery and plant, including ride-on/cylinder/rotary mowers, strimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, etc.
- Keeping the gardens, car parks and footpaths clear of overgrowth, weeds, leaves and free from litter, including emptying bins
- To carry out planned preventative maintenance checks and inspection of estate fixtures, facilities, and equipment, both internal and external, reporting faults and exceptions and keeping accurate records
- Using the electronic job ticket system to record faults or works, and to update progress
- To contribute ideas and assist with the development and execution of landscaping, planting and conservation or wildlife projects
- To work alongside contractors or other service providers where appropriate and provide local expertise
- To carry out snow clearance and gritting in the winter months when required

We are a friendly and collaborative organisation and as part of the wider facilities team, from time to time you will be expected to assist in other areas as required. This may be to assist with busy periods, to manage staff absences or to accommodate weather that interferes with grounds maintenance activities. This could include assisting with daily operations and general building maintenance tasks.

Your technical background:

- Work experience covering all aspects of grounds maintenance
- Good knowledge of gardens and plants
- Health and safety awareness
- Neat, clean and tidy working practices


- A horticultural qualification
- A good understanding of health and safety principles and a valid First Aid certificate
- Previous experience of working in a facilities team

You’ll love this job if you:

- Can work on your own initiative and unsupervised
- Are helpful, enthusiastic and flexible

Other titles for this role may include Gardener, Grounds Person, Grounds Assistant, Grounds Operative, Groundskeeper, or Gardening Assistant.


- Salary of £20,000 - £22,755 depending on experience
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 42 days’ holiday per year including Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)
- Plus lots of wellbeing and social activities #NFERLife

We are reviewing applications regularly as part of an ongoing recruitment process.
NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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