Apprentice Grounds Team Member HABITAT FIRST GROUP LIMITED

As a Grounds Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals within the industry, gaining hands-on experience in all aspects of grounds maintenance, landscaping, and horticulture. You will be involved in a wide range of tasks that will allow you to develop valuable skills and knowledge in this rewarding field.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 07:30 – 4:30 pm with a 1 hour unpaid lunch break

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Tasks will vary on a daily basis and will include assisting the Grounds Team with the following:

  • Weeding, digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, edging, pruning, bed preparation, planting, hedge-cutting, cross-cutting, and felling of small trees.
  • The use of hand tools and basic light machinery and plants such as mowers, strimmers, hedge-cutters, chainsaws, and leaf blowers
  • The use of the estate vehicles including RTV and ATV’s
  • To inspect the estate vehicles on a weekly and monthly basis to ensure that all are operationally sound and maintained in accordance with the maintenance schedule and inspection sheets.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety procedures and requirements, noting that all duties must be carried out to comply with current Health and Safety at Work legislation.
  • To ensure all equipment, machinery, and buildings are safely secure.
  • To keep the staffroom and tool shed clean and tidy.
  • To keep all tools and equipment clean and in good order, reporting any defects or repairs required to the Estate Manager
  • To be aware of and report any security risks posed within the estate.
  • To apply chemicals where appropriate under direction from the Head Grounds Team Member or relevantly trained operative
  • To keep the courtyards, planted areas, thoroughfares, footpaths, Estate tracks, and any other areas of the Estate clear and free from litter at all times
  • To carry out gritting, salt spreading, and snow clearing, as necessary, including footpaths throughout the village.
  • To work in line with the Ecology plan as laid out by Habitat First Group and Ecologist
  • To carry out general maintenance across the villages, ensuring that all Health and Safety implications are checked and assessed
  • To carry out your work to the highest level possible maintaining a sense of professionalism at all times whilst working on the estate.
  • To communicate with colleagues, contractors, homeowners, and guests of the estate in a respectful and professional manner at all times.
  • To report any defect or Health and Safety concerns, no matter what its nature to the General Manager and in their absence, the Assistant Manager.
  • This list is by no means exhaustive and provides a brief outline of the job required.

The training you will be getting

Level 2 horticulture and landscape apprenticeship. Training will be conducted through workplace learning and then 1 day a week release to Lackham College.

Functional skills maths/English if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

By obtaining the level 2 qualification in Horticulture or Landscape Operative, this will allow you to gain the skills and knowledge to succeed within the landscaping field with specialist areas that can include arboriculture and landscape design.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, To be able to manage your time


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade E/2 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade E/2 or above) Desired

Things to consider

Habitat First Group is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment. We encourage applications from all individuals, regardless of background, to bring their unique perspectives and ideas to our team. If you’re interested but not sure if you have the right skills and experience, we would love to hear from you. We are happy to talk through any reasonable adjustments you may require during the recruitment process and beyond. If you would like to apply for the role without a CV, please contact us on 01285 863 289 and we will be happy to discuss alternative options. Alternatively, please email your CV to

About the employer

Habitat First Group owns three luxury estates, creating holiday home communities that are founded on the principle of a deep love for Mother Nature and sustainability. Our operating departments are a hub of activity all working closely together to create a 5* luxury service for our guests and property owners alike. Ecology is always at the forefront of what we do – taking care of the wildlife and environment around us.





Lower Mill Estate

Somerford Keynes


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


The Apprenticeship Team

0845 345 2235

Apprenticeship standard

Horticulture or landscape construction operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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