Yard Hand & Vehicle/Plant Fitter

About Coombes

Coombes UK is a leading Arboricultural and Forestry Contractor, with well over a decade of experience and expertise in the forestry sector. We have forged a strong industry reputation and we believe we have an unrivalled skill set and peerless knowledge of forestry work at all levels.


We also play a key role within the Rail industry, providing a whole manner of off-track solutions, and minor civils works, in partnership with Network Rail and other major contractors.


Coombes has seen recent significant growth and we currently have some exciting projects underway in woodland management, timber harvesting, rail and civils works across the country.  We are seeking skilled and experienced colleagues in a range of disciplines to support our growth and help us provide a service that is second to none.


Based in Petersfield, Coombes is a family-run SME, where we value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and working together as one team to give our clients the best possible service.  If this sounds like you, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

Coombes requires a Yard Hand & Vehicle/Plant Fitter on a full-time permanent basis to support the safe, efficient andeffective operations of our Yard and Workshop. This varied role would suit a mechanically-minded individual, with typical duties and responsibilities including:

·       Routine maintenance and repairs of tools and equipment

·       Maintain the inventory of equipment and machinery

·       Receive and book-in deliveries of equipment/tools

·       Conducting vehicle/plant services and inspections, repairing/replacing damaged/worn parts

·       Attend breakdowns across south-central England, diagnosing and repairing faults

The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar role, hold qualification/s in mechanics or engineering and have a full driving licence. Welding experience and hydraulics knowledge would be beneficial, but Coombes is committed to providing training and professional development to colleagues who reflect the ethos and values of our Company.  


Applicants must be confident working with various tools, have a strong work ethic and a good working knowledge of health and safety practices.  You will take pride in your work, complete tasks to a high standard and be a self-motivated team member who can work both independently and as part of a team.


Building good working relationships with clients and colleagues, you will have a methodical approach to solving problems and have excellent attention to detail. To succeed in this role, you will need to proactively keep up to date with changing technology, follow procedures and ensure paperwork is completed accurately, within set timeframes.


This role can be physically demanding and some tasks will be at heights.  As Yard Hand &Vehicle/Plant Fitter, you will be required to work outside from time to time, so you must be happy to work in all that the British weather has to offer!


We offer the right candidate a competitive package and opportunities for your professional development.


Working Hours: 40 hours per week, to be worked Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm with 1hr unpaid break each day. Some occasional weekend work may be required

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

As part of our recruitment processes, Coombes collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Sending us your CV for a vacancy is your consent for us to process your data for the purpose of recruitment. Your data is not use in any other way and you can withdraw your consent at any point in the recruitment process.


We will keep your CV onour records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

For further information about this opportunity please contact our Service& Maintenance Manager, Bob Reid, on 01730 231761 or email bob@coombesforestry.com

For a full role profile, please contact the HR Manager on 01730 231761 or email recruitment@coombesuk.com.

To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email by to recruitment@coombesuk.com or to our HR Manager at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

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