Lead Operative

Location Helsby
Discipline: Environmental, Horticulture, Landscaping
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £20,000 to £25,000
Contact name: Nigel Allen

Contact email: nigel@agrecruiting.co.uk
Job ref: AS283-H
Published: about 2 months ago

Our client is one of Europe’s fastest growing environmental, geotechnical and contaminated land consultancies, with offices in the UK, Europe and the Gulf.  It provides a range of services for a wide range of clients within the property, manufacturing, oil, gas and energy sector.  Since 1989, their philosophy has remained the same: employ, develop and retain talented people. Working for our client is an opportunity to evolve as a professional, to innovate and to make a difference.

Our client, one of the companies within a corporate Group, are a new and exciting business, providing practical ecological contracting solutions for their clients. They provide results-based outcomes for clients and biodiversity, with innovation at the heart of everything that they do. You will be joining a team of professionals who work closely with colleagues in other disciplines such as Ecology, Landscape and Arboriculture.

The role:

We are looking for lead site operatives, who are outstanding team players, with a positive and professional attitude to join our clients team to undertake projects locally and nationwide. You will be experienced in undertaking practical site-based works and will have demonstrable experience in adhering to site health, safety, environmental and wellbeing standards. We are looking for individuals to be based within commuting distance of their Helsby office, however as they work nationally, there will be an expectation to travel and stay away from home regularly.

We are looking for someone who has experience in working outdoors in environmentally sensitive areas. Staff with experience in working on large infrastructure projects UK wide, will be looked on favourably.You will receive ongoing training and development in all aspects of the operational tasks and have a great opportunity for continued progression.

Person specification:

  • Valid CSCS card or equivalent

  • Full driving licence, ideally with Trailer Licence (B+E)

  • Physically fit and motivated

  • Prepared to stay away Monday to Friday (where necessary).

Desirable but not essential:


  • PA1/PA6W herbicide spraying

  • CS30 & 31. Other chainsaw qualifications will be looked on favourably

  • LANTRA Woodchipper

  • LANTRA Brushcutter

  • Ideally hold 3-day First Aid at Work Qualification

  • Ideally have experience of operating plant and machinery in ecologically and environmentally sensitive environments

  • Safety Critical Medical

  • Highways England Common Induction.

Salary and benefits:

  • Operatives - £20,000 - £25,000

  • Performance bonus

  • Trainees will be paid at the appropriate minimum wage at the time of employment

  • Overtime with Night and Weekend enhancements

  • Paid accommodation and subsistence allowance (when working away)

  • Access to a company vehicle.

  • Contributory Pension Scheme

  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care

  • Regular training and career development 

  • Access to mental health support and professional financial advice.

Our client operates an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation, adopting a proactive growth strategy helps them to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.   

Their success is founded on the talent of their employees, so they recognise the importance of personal growth, encouragement and earned rewards. As a company, they want you to share in their achievements and hey want to be a conduit for your success.

The company prides itself on providing employees with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development and enabling them to reach their full potential.  Listed as being in the top 3 environmental consultancies and listed in the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

Furthermore, retaining their employees is the building block of a successful organisation and they want to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working, social activities, and community involvement projects.

Our client is also committed to their Corporate Responsibility strategy.  They seek to minimise their impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout their supply chain.