Apprentice Groundsperson and Biodiversity Officer Pulborough Borough Council

This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about environmental conservation, landscaping, and sustainable practices. This role encompasses maintaining and enhancing green spaces while also implementing biodiversity initiatives within our parish. For example, introducing the RSPB monitoring system for vulnerable birds to help them thrive.

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Closing date: 09 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This is the maximum pay we can offer for a 30 hour week.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, six hours a day. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    7 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Work closely with senior groundskeepers, horticulturists, and environmental officers to gain practical experience and knowledge.
  • Perform routine maintenance of lawns, gardens, sports fields and other green spaces, ensuring they are kept to a high standard.
  • Advocate for and practice environmentally sustainable methods in grounds maintenance and landscaping.
  • Implement water conservation techniques and manage irrigation systems efficiently.
  • Create and manage habitats, such as ponds, wildflower meadows, and hedgerows, to support local wildlife.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • Day release weekly with Brinsbury College


  • (Core) Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (Ofqual registered) minimum 1-day course

  • (Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides OR City and Guilds Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides

  • (Horticulture Operative) Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticide Using Hand Held Equipment OR City and Guilds Level 2 Award In The Safe Application of Pesticides Using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment

  • (Landscaping construction) City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Abrasive Wheel Machines or Lantra Abrasive Wheel Machines Course

  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Move into a permanent role as a Groundsperson for the Parish Council

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3 or higher) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3 and higher) Desired
GCSE or equivalent science (Grade 3 and higher) Desired

Things to consider

Need to work outside in all weather conditions. After initial training has been completed, will need to work using own initiative,

About the employer

Pulborough Parish Council is small employer with 15 Parish Councillors. We maintain and manage six separate open spaces. You would joint a dynamic team who are passionate about supporting the local area.


Pulborough Borough Council


Pulborough Parish College

Swan View,

Lower St,

RH20 2BF


Harry Quenault

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Training provider


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

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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