Babraham Research Campus

Closing Date: 01/12/2022

To apply for this vacancy please send CV and covering letter to: 

Salary: £22,000-£25,0000 (dependent on experience)

Working Hours: 37 hours per week

Job Profile Summary

The role will be working within a team who are responsible for maintaining and managing the formal gardens and landscape of the campus, ensuring that a complete maintenance service to the Estate is provided to the Babraham Research Campus. 

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide seasonal maintenance of the estate in accordance with the programme of works as directed by the Head gardener and developed from the management plan.
  • Tasks to include (but not exclusively) grass cutting, weeding, planting, watering, leaf collecting, hedge cutting.
  • Use and maintenance of a range of garden and grounds machinery (e.g ride-on, walk-behind mowers, tractors etc.) as necessary and undertaking of specialist training where required.
  • Formative and rejuvative maintenance of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, climbers and hedges
  • To support line management in maintaining health and safety in the grounds and gardens to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
  • Maintenance of hard landscaped areas, roads and pathways
  • Training for the appropriate, timely and safe use of pesticides and other forms of pest control (moles and rabbits)
  • Assist in the recording and labelling of the plant collection
  • General estate maintenance including trees, fencing and conservation etc
  • As and when required, assist the Estates Team with the collection of waste
  • During the winter months (November – March) the post-holder will be required to be on-call in order to respond to adverse weather conditions. Duties whilst on call, will include snow clearing and salting/gritting on paths, car parks, roads and building access areas as and when required
  • To carry out any other reasonable management request

Person Specification

Must hold a clean valid British driving license

Education and Qualifications

  • City in Guilds/NVQ or equivalent qualification in Horticulture
  • P.A.1 / P.A.6 Spraying


  • Previous experience of working as a Gardener
  • Experience of using garden machinery (such as driving ride on mowers, using strimmer, walk behind mowers, driving Tractors)
  • Experience of using larger estate machinery (e.g driving tractors)

Skills & Abilities

  • An appreciation and commitment to Health and Safety
  • Able to comprehend and communicate in the English language to a level appropriate for the position
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with staff at all levels
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to prioritise tasks, especially in the absence of the Head Gardener
  • Flexible and enthusiastic approach with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Willingly provides assistance/support to others
  • Dedicated and passionate about delivering the best for customers
  • Ability to make independent decisions and solve routine problems
  • Self-motivated and adaptable to change
  • Empathy with the life sciences work of the Institute
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, when required
  • Current valid full driving Licence

Special Requirements

  • Able to work on a non-smoking Campus
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, when required

Company Benefits

  • Pension Allowance - Babraham Research Campus Ltd. offers a Group Personal Pension Scheme and currently contributes 10.5% of salary subject to a staff contribution of 3%.
  • Holiday Entitlement - 25 days p.a. plus, bank Holidays and 3 privilege days for Christmas Shutdown
  • Discretional Annual Bonus - Employees may be eligible for a discretional performance related bonus
  • Employee Wellbeing Service - The scheme offers confidential support, information, expert advice and specialist counselling service to all BRC employees
  • Restaurant Facilities.
  • Onsite Accommodation - There are a number of hostels, flats and houses that can be rented. (There is currently a waiting list for all types of accommodation).
  • Social - Sports & Social Club and onsite Gym
  • Nursery and Holiday Playscheme on site. (Availability of places is dependent on demand).
  • There is free car parking on the Campus (please note that the Campus actively pursues a green transport policy).

Any offer of employment will be subject to security screening and may be subject to health screening.  Any offer may also be subject to a general medical.

To apply for this vacancy please send CV and covering letter to: 

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