Site Operatives, Guildford

Site Operative (multiple vacancies)

Starting August 2019. Permanent full time position. Guildford.

Are you hard-working and practical with experience of working outdoors on construction sites, in country parks, or in the horticulture, farming or forestry industries? Are you enthusiastic with a love for the outdoors and the environment? Would you like to join a small, professional, dynamic team? If so, we would be delighted to hear from you.

The role

We have an opportunity for a Site Operative to join our team on a full time basis. Our work involves undertaking wildlife mitigation, habitat creation, landscaping and vegetation clearance projects in and around the south east, south west and the midlands.

You will ideally have experience of working on landscape construction sites and must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You must be practically-minded, enjoy working outdoors and have a good level of fitness. Experience in the forestry, agricultural and/or landscaping sectors would be a bonus but is not essential.

You will work under the direction of the team leader or site manager. You will need to be based in or near to Guildford and must be comfortable on some occasions, with staying away, near site, during the week.

The successful candidate will be employed on a full time contract and should be willing to work 8 to 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, as required. Accommodation and mileage will be paid, and a subsistence allowance will be given when staying away from home.

Competitive Salary depending upon experience and suitable qualifications.

We are an ecological contractor, providing solutions to compensate for loss of habitat caused by development and building works. We design, create and enhance habitats for wildlife for a wide range of clients and provide support to ecologists with protected species trapping and translocation. As part of the Thomson group, we are the UK’s leading experts in gaining consents and meeting ecological planning conditions.

The work that we undertake includes, wildlife mitigation, newt and reptile fencing to facilitate trapping and translocation prior to construction, other fencing including stock, water vole, badger and otter fencing, badger sett exclusion and artificial sett construction, brush cutting, tree felling and general vegetation clearance, soft landscaping including planting trees, shrubs, and grass seeding, invasive species mitigation including Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam management.

The benefits

You’ll be joining a happy, friendly workplace, guided by our values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence.

You’ll enjoy all the benefits we have to offer, including;

• five weeks annual leave per year (pro rata)
• private pension contributions
• collaborative and supportive culture
• flexible working
• fantastic on-the-job training
• opportunities for career progression
• regular social events, including a Summer and Christmas party
• paid mileage, travel and subsistence, whilst away from home
• discounted gym membership
• free parking
• cycle to work scheme
• discounted outdoor clothing.
• fully stocked kitchen, including unlimited supply of biscuits, with the odd cake thrown in for good measure

About Thomson

Thomson Environmental Consultants are experts in environmental compliance. Our specialist teams have been advising our clients across various sectors, on how to achieve their objectives and meet required environmental compliance since 2004. We cover a breadth of specialisms and are always pragmatic with our advice. With offices in Guildford, Leeds, Cardiff, and Birmingham, our teams assist with ecological advice, surveys and assessments, habitat
design and creation, ecological contracting,
invasive species management, freshwater and marine consultancy, arboriculture consultancy and contracting, data management and mapping and last, but not least, marine laboratory services (invertebrates, fish and sediment analyses).

Successful candidates must

  • have a full UK driving licence and their own car
  • a valid CSCS card (or willing to attain one)
  • familiarity with construction health & safety rules and procedures
  • confidence to work independently, and as part of a team
  • self-motivation with the ability to learn quickly.

The successful candidate will also have the following tickets or experience – but this is not essential

  • CS30/31/39/40 chainsaw
  • NTPC brush cutter
  • PA1/PA6 herbicide spraying
  • chipper qualification
  • CPCS excavator
  • machinery maintenance
  • First Aid at Work
  • soft landscaping including planting and seeding
  • fencing
  • vegetation clearance.

This is a full time permanent position commencing August 2019.

Read some of our employee testimonials

“My experience of working for Thomson has been a very positive one, largely due to the type of people I am surrounded with each day; whether it be from my own team or from other departments I interact with less regularly. Within my own team, I am grateful to my manager, who has been a great support to me on a day-to-day basis, always very encouraging, which makes all the difference.” – Fiona S.

“I’ve been put through a lot of training both internally and external far exceeding my expectations. I feel on a personal note this is showing a high level of commitment to me and my continued career with Thomson. There is a good attitude towards health and safety, all staff are very approachable and eager to help when asked. All in all, a very friendly atmosphere to work in and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds.” – Simon F.

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words) to