Job opportunity: Streetscene Operative - Environmental Cleanliness

Vacancy reference 



Grade 5 - £24,294 to £25,979 per annum 


37 Hours per week




Kutton Lane Depot, Newcastle-under-Lyme

About the job 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified individual to join our Streetscene Team.

If you enjoy working outdoors in all weathers and have a passion for team-work, driving a variety of vehicles and regular lone working you will be of interest for this varied hands on role.

The role is varied but will have a focus on driving mechanical road sweepers and litter bin servicing collection vehicles. We are seeking a reliable individual who has a passion for driving and has the ability to drive vehicles from 3.5tonne caged vehicles to 16 tonne road sweepers. If you’re a team player, physically fit, enthusiastic and positive, and enjoy varied work outdoors all year round as an active member of a team, this role could be for you.

We provide a range of essential services and have high standards, making a real difference to the way the Borough looks. This team cuts grass and hedges, maintains shrub beds, clears litter, sweeps streets, plants up key civic areas, manages parks, empties street bins and does a range of environmental land management work on Council land. We know that services at the frontline improving the environment are changing, and that providing ‘Green Skills’ for staff is an investment in the future.


  • You’ll have a full driving license, preferably HGV2 (minimum category C1)
  • Have previous experience of using heavy and light plant
  • You will also have a sound health and safety knowledge.
  • Ideally, you’ll also have a good knowledge of the Borough and general labouring experience.
  • You’ll also be able to communicate confidently and well with managers, other team members and the public.
  • Please see Person Specification for a full list

Why work for us? 

Newcastle-under-Lyme is a borough with big ambitions.  We’ve already started our transformation, however, we still need to find better ways of doing things because we are determined to do the very best we can for our communities.   

If our vision is to be the best, then we need the best people working for us. Our people are at the heart of what we do and have the freedom to innovate, grow and develop.  We recruit people who share our vision and values; people who have the drive to deliver our ambitious Council plan.

Our historic Borough is a place of marked contrasts. We are the home of a world class University at Keele, a leading light known internationally for its research and sustainability record, which stands side by side with former mining communities including some which register amongst the most deprived areas in the country. Our Borough is also a mixture of urban centres, affected by some of the same social issues facing our neighbouring city, Stoke-on-Trent, but also outstanding rural landscapes in our less populated villages. Our plans and priorities aim to address the needs of all our communities.   

Our People Offer 

We reward our people with a competitive range of benefits including; access to the local government pension scheme, minimum 24 days annual leave plus 5 extra days after 5 years' service, flexible working options and family friendly policies, local and national high street discounts, free car parking, green travel scheme including cycle to work and electric car salary sacrifice, free employee 24 hour employee assistance and counselling services, flu vaccination service and health checks plus development and training opportunities.

View our full people offer and 'working for us' video here. 


If you would like an informal chat about whether this job is for you? Please contact Lyndon Ryder on or call 01782 717717

Closing date

5pm on Saturday 6 July 2024. 

Should we receive a large number of applications, then this post could close sooner than the date stated. 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date. 

Interview date 

Thursday 18 July 2024

Supporting documents and information 

Download the job description and person specification

We are committed to making our recruitment process as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions.  If you would like us to do anything differently during the interview or assessment process please contact our People team ( 

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