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Grow your career with us

Current opportunities: Experienced grounds maintenance operatives sought for the summer season (April to October) UK-wide. If you would like to submit an application for employment please download an application form and email your completed form to

John O’Conner offers a range of exciting  employment opportunities. We are recognised for our commitment to staff development, training and the personal fulfilment of all employees. If you are interested in joining our team, please take the time to find out more about us from this website.

Amenity Horticulture Apprenticeship

John O’Conner are pleased to offer a number of 18-24 month Amenity Horticulture Apprenticeships based at various depots throughout Herts, Beds and Bucks.  It’s an ideal way to begin a career in horticulture and open space management.   As an Amenity Horticulture Apprentice, you will work on the contract and get paid while you complete your education.  The programme is run in conjunction with our chosen training provider, Capel Manor College.

We run separate Apprenticeship schemes for other areas throughout the UK in association with their local colleges.  If you live outside Herts, Beds and Bucks please enquire directly to John O’Conner Head Office 01438 717175 regarding other vacancies or email

How does our Apprenticeship Scheme work?

Apprentices are employed directly by John O’Conner.  You will work alongside experienced operatives and supervisors learning all aspects of grounds maintenance.  Training involves all aspects of plant maintenance, cultivation and landscape development.  You will also learn about pest control through chemical, biological and cultural methods, operation and maintenance of a wide range of machinery, and soil science.

How much will I be paid?

  • Operative (level 2) Apprentices will be paid at a rate of £162.00 per week during their first year
  • Supervisor (level 3) Apprentices will be paid at a rate of £224.00 per week during their first year

After the first year in your Apprenticeship you will move onto age banded salary scales.

Who should apply?

Candidates should work well as part of a team, be committed to learning, ambitious and have a keen interest in horticulture. Ideally, applicants will hold at least five GCSEs at Grade A to C, preferably in Maths, English and Science.  Due to the way the Apprenticeship is funded, applicants must have residency status.    Full, clean driving licence desirable.

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply for the 2017 Apprentice Programme please apply directly via . Applications close on 10th June 2017.  All applicants will be invited to an open day on 21st July 2017 and this will give you the opportunity to meet some of our staff and hear in depth from current apprentices, supervisors and contract managers about life as an apprentice at John O’Conner.

Formal interviews will be conducted on 26th and 27th July 2017 and those candidates successful will be invited to join us for one week work experience either on 7th or 14th August 2017.  Those applicants who prove successful will be finally shortlisted and offer letters will be sent to those we wish to join us.  Your induction day will be on 31st August 2017 and your first day of employment will be 4th September 2017

 What happens at the end of my Apprenticeship?

John O’Conner’s aim to develop future team leaders, supervisors and managers.  Successful candidates who demonstrate the necessary attributes will be offered the opportunity to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship or considered for other job opportunities within the company. We look forward to receiving your application.







John O’Conner, in partnership with Capel Manor College, are providing a Traineeship programme in throughout 2017 that will link into our Seasonal and Apprenticeship recruitment.  The Traineeship will be for a minimum of 8 weeks and involve a mixture of ‘on the job’ work experience and supported training  – Health & Safety, First Aid and Manual Handling – as well as work preparation training which will ensure you have the skills and confidence needed to apply for an Apprenticeship or other employment with us. The Traineeship will provide an insight and experience into work in Grounds Maintenance, but could be useful for a stepping stone into any practical profession.

The programme is for those who are motivated to work but lack the skills and experience that employer’s need. You will need to be unemployed, not in training and aged 16 to 23 yrs.

Traineeships are an ‘education and training programme’ and are UNPAID, though we will support you with expenses such as transport and a lunch allowance. You may also be eligible to access other financial support, depending on your circumstances.

Our employees

If you are considering a management or supervisory career with us and we don’t currently have any vacancies, we’d still like to hear from you. Please email your CV or call Operations Director, Neil Cain for an informal chat on 01438 717175.

John O’Conner is an equal opportunities employer.


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