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Landscape Gardener

Employer: Oxford City Council

  • Reference: 001158
  • Published on: Mon 12/06/2017 11:50 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 25/06/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 37 hours per week. on an annualised hours basis.
  • Salary: G4: £21,137 (Career Grade Scheme) or Grade 5 £24,732 (Starting salary dependant on qualifications and experience)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Oxfordshire

The role

Oxford City Council has an exciting opportunity to join their Landscape team. Maintaining over 1,000 hectares of parks, green spaces and cemeteries, we have 5 Green Flag parks, 87 play areas and circa 60,000 trees.

This role is to work as part of a skilled landscape team, providing a high level of hard and soft landscaping.

Oxford City Council is in the process of setting up a commercial trading arm, the landscape team currently deliver a large number of commercial services. It is anticipated that this will grow further.

On a day to day basis you could be doing any of the following activities:

  1. Ensuring that the 87 play grounds are safe and well maintained or replacing equipment and developing existing play areas.
  2. Maintaining parks infrastructure such as fencing, bins, benches, pathways, walls, planting trees.
  3. Working as part of team on commercial projects, over the last two years some of the larger projects have included building a number of school gardens, a beach volleyball court and installing resin bonded paths.

This role is a career graded opening with integrated training and development opportunities to enable you to progress to Grade 5 if you’re not quite there yet! If you are a skilled landscaper with a number of years practical landscaping experience, can work to a high standard, with a good work ethic and enjoy working as part of a team then we are keen to hear from you.

Please state whether you are applying for the grade 4 or grade 5 on the supporting statement section of your application.

About us

Oxford City Council prides itself on delivering high quality, cost effective public services. Oxford is a world class city and the Council has high aspirations for its services and employees. We are a multi award winning Council and in 2015 we secured Champion IiP status along with Overall IiP Employer of the Year 2015, demonstrating our commitment to our employees and their wellbeing. We also scooped the Association of Public Sector Excellence Council of the Year award in 2015 and the Municipal Journal Best Achieving Council prize in 2014.

With over 1,200 staff dedicated to delivering the best service possible to our communities now is a truly exciting time to be working in Local Government. We are all about going above and beyond to improve outcomes for local people, and you might be surprised at the range and quality of services we provide.

We offer a great range of benefits which include generous holiday from 28 days per year plus bank holidays, Local Government defined benefit pension scheme, subsidised leisure membership, discounted travel and the ability to work flexibly in many of our roles. We offer well defined opportunities through our learning and development programme. We also support our staff through the employee wellbeing programme with a range of services including resilience training, an employee assistance programme and support via our dedicated occupational health service.

How to apply

More information is available on the role profile document. Please read this document to ensure that you meet our requirements. More information about working for the Council, our values and vision, is available on our web site.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit www.oxford.gov.uk

If you are unable to access our website please call 01865 252848 or 07483 011151 for Direct Services roles.

Note: For roles that require a DBS Certificate (Enhanced and or Barred List check), candidates are required to supply their complete work history. Please ensure you explain any gaps in your work history.

Closing Date: 25 June 2017

Late applications will not be processed

Interview Date(s): 06 July 2017

For an informal discussion about the post please contact, Tina Mould on 01865 252082 or email

We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the community we serve so we welcome applicants from all communities. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for any vacancies.

Oxford City Council is not currently licensed as a sponsor and cannot employ migrant workers outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland under the Point Based System rules, issued by the UK Border Agency.

How To Apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs.

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