Maintenance Operative

Conservation & Land Management, Environment & Sustainability, Trades & Services
Salary Details
£19,324 per annum
Contract Type
Hours per Week
Closing Date
As the Maintenance Operative, you will report to the Maintenance Manager. You will work as part of the Central Estates team, maintaining the general condition of land and National Cycle Network routes within the Sustrans estate.

Job Description

You will be responsible for the safe operation of machinery, whilst carrying out regular maintenance such as drainage, vegetation clearance, tree work and grass cutting on selected sections and sites.

You will maintain records and report appropriate issues to the Maintenance Manager or Land Manager.

You will also have the opportunity to liaise with path users, volunteers, neighbours and local authority officers as well as periodically participating in volunteer events and undertaking occasional route construction activities.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans. Candidates should be based within the North West of England geographical area with regular travel expected.

About you

We believe in working collaboratively, so are looking for someone with good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team. You will have experience of working as part of a grounds or land maintenance team.

With a good level of fitness, you will have the ability to undertake manual labour in all weather conditions on uneven ground conditions and slopes.

You will have a driving licence and be happy to travel across the region, with flexible working times.

You will have experience with using chainsaws, along with other equipment such as brush cutters, strimmers and hedge cutters.

We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, in particular from under-represented groups.

Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.

Work perks


  • 26 days leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working.
  • Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff).
  • Staff volunteer days.
  • 24/7 free, impartial and confidential support service.
  • We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes.


  • Group Personal Pension Scheme with a 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans.
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans.
  • Discount benefits.


  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.
  • Flexible Working practices (full-time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday).

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.

We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly where we are under-represented.

Currently, this includes people who identify as having a disability, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

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Company Description

We’re custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve. 

We bring people together to create places with clean air and green spaces, where friends and facilities are just a short walk away. Cities and towns where everyone can thrive without having to use a car.