Working as a grounds maintenance operative will require you to maintain green outdoor areas. These may be domestic or commercial gardens, public parks or any other area of outdoor landscaping.

What does a grounds maintenance operative do?

As a grounds maintenance operative, you can expect to carry out a wide range of duties related to general grounds maintenance, keeping gardens and outdoor areas neat, tidy and well-maintained.

The tasks you can expect to do may include:

    • • Weeding
    • • Pruning and hedge cutting
    • • Lawn mowing and lawn care
    • • Litter collection and leaf raking
    • • Spraying plants to control pests and plant disease


In any grounds maintenance job, safety is important which can be anything from the safe use and control of pesticides to ensuring that gardening equipment and vehicles are always in good, operable condition.


What qualifications, skills and experience do I need to be a landscape maintenance operative?

You will find that many grounds maintenance jobs require you to have a driving licence. In addition, some may ask that you have a CSCS card, which verifies your identity and any training and qualifications you have. A PA1 and PA6 spraying licence for the use of pesticides.

The skills and experience needed will depend on the specific landscaping job role and the requirements of the employer. Often a year or two of landscaping and grounds maintenance experience is preferred as well as knowledge and interest in plants and horticulture.

Most grounds maintenance operatives work independently but are also part of a team, so being a team player with good communication skills are sort-after attributes for this job.


Where can you work as a grounds maintenance operative?

As a grounds maintenance operative your grounds maintenance skills can be put to use in a range of landscaping environments. This could be public parks and gardens or private and commercial gardens as well as commercial landscaping in towns and business parks or maintaining gardens around sales centres and show homes.

Cosmopolitan Recruitment places many grounds maintenance operatives in maintenance jobs. We often place people in these roles in the southeast, London and Essex, as well as further north to Northamptonshire. These examples of a grounds maintenance job description in North London and this one in Essex give you an idea of the type of position you could find with us.

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