The Landscape Services Team manage the award-winning university grounds, across multiple locations within the city and surrounding campuses. We maintain and develop some amazing green spaces and directly contribute towards the student and staff experience by providing a diverse range of outdoor spaces. A virtual tour will give you a glimpse into life on our Highfield Campus .

We encourage a variety of wildlife on site and have been awarded hedgehog friendly status for our campuses. We promote organic practices wherever possible contributing towards a more sustainable future.

The Role

A valued supervisory role within our small friendly landscaping team who aim to provide a high-quality service in respect of the management and maintenance of all University grounds and landscaped areas.

This hands-on role will involve carrying out soil cultivation, manuring, site preparation; planting and surgery to trees, shrubs, plants, turfing, grass seed sowing, grass cutting and new planting schemes. Operating and adjustment of modern machinery including tractors, ride-on mowers, hand mowers and other horticultural equipment to ensure optimum performance. You will work in a variety of green spaces including structured and seasonal planting, woodland, the valley gardens, and waterside gardens.

About You

We are seeking an experienced gardener at supervisory level who has a passion for horticulture and is a strong team player with a can-do attitude. Ideally you will have practical knowledge and skills in the use of horticultural maintenance machinery. You will thrive working outside in all weathers and always adopt safe working practices.

What we can offer you

We support a flexible approach to work, as well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance, access to a university pension scheme, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. Furthermore, the University is a fantastic place to work – regardless of what life stage you are at, you will be a valued member of our team.

We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We select candidates on the basis of merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities.

This vacancy is available on a full time, permanent basis.

For an informal discussion please contact Martin Wyss, Landscape Services Manager on +44 (023)8059 9271

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Jane Sturgeon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email Please quote reference 2071622TD on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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