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Streetcare Operative - Gardener/ Grounds Maintenance

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 12/09/2019 23:59
£18,795 -£19,171pa
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Grounds & Highway Maintenance
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Broad Lane
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
12 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

We are recruiting for a Groundsworker/Gardener as part of the Design and Operations StreetCare unit undertaking work within a specified front line team, delivering Grounds Maintenance services across South Gloucestershire.

You will be required to work as part of team or as a lone worker dependant on the tasks allocated and will be responsible for the maintaining of the council’s horticultural and outdoor land based assets in a safe manner and as directed. You will work under the direction of a chargehand and will report to a Supervisor for line management. The work is physical but varied and include all aspects of grounds maintenance within the parks, public spaces, cemeteries, highways, conservations areas, other green environments.

Main Duties:
• Undertaking grass cutting duties using hand and ride on mowers, strimmers and other equipment, ensuring parks, verges, open spaces and other sites are left clean, tidy and maintained according to any specification in place for the particular task.
• To carry out general garden maintenance duties and horticultural operations, assisting in minor landscaping works such as the planting of shrubs and trees.
• General maintenance work including cleaning hard surfaces, trimming and reducing hedges, cutting quality and amenity grass, maintaining beds and borders and assisting in the control of weed growth by the application of herbicides.
• Carry out routine winter maintenance operations including heavy cut backs in public parks, open spaces, roadside verges and woodland areas using a variety of powered hand tools and mobile plant.
• Assist in setting out and marking sports areas undertaking groundsman duties required in the maintenance of sports pitches.
• Undertake general grounds maintenance and horticultural operations within a cemetery environment, including interment duties and grave digging by hand. To assist the Playground Equipment Inspector in routine inspection work and associated grounds maintenance work as required.
• Will be required to assist in the collection fly tips and emptying of bins etc on public open space.
• Use on a daily basis powered hand tools such as brush cutters, powered pruners, long reach pruners, pedestrian mowers etc.
• It is essential that you ensure that you adhere to all safe methods of work and relevant Health and Safety regulations as instructed. The works involve working in public environment, so it is essential that awareness is given to surroundings and that members of the public are taken into account in undertaking any works.
• You will be required to carry out both routine checks and basic maintenance to their tools and equipment, such as regularly cleaning of tools, checking oils and lubrication etc and reporting any shortages or defects to their supervising officer.
• Depending on duties, weekend work may be involved, for which the appropriate enhancement will be paid.

Essential Criteria:
• Able to evidence experience in a similar role or NVQ level 2 or equivalent in horticultural maintenance.
• You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of horticultural and grounds maintenance and be able to demonstrate the practical skills needed to operate powered and tools safely.
• You will require a full driving licence to at least category B for manual transmission vehicles you will need to be competent to drive vehicles up to maximum 3500kg MAM.
• You will have a flexible approach to work and be able to demonstrate your ability to work to strict deadlines.
• You will need to be physically fit and able to work outdoors in inclement weather throughout the year.
• You will have the ability to read and follow written works instructions and complete paper records accurately.

Desirable Criteria :
• Hold a Category B+E, C1 or C1 +E driving licence with experience of towing trailers up to the maximum permitted by any licence restriction.
• Hold a current Certificate of professional Competence (CPC)
• Certified to all or a combination of C&G NPTC 0020-01 to 0020-11 or equivalent CS30/31 Certification in the safe use of chainsaws
• Competence in the use of pesticides & herbicides and holding PA1/6 in the safe use of pesticides.
• Able to demonstrate previous experience in line marking football and running tracks using commercial grade line making equipment.

Additional Information:
• The post holder will be working in an outdoor environment in all weathers
• The post requires extensive manual handling that might typically be associated with amenity landscape maintenance including lifting and moving awkward bulky loads such as cuttings and tree sections across uneven surfaces found in open spaces environments as an individual or team lifts.
• Postholder may be required to with work within cemeteries, live carriageways, public open space, footpaths and areas of uneven ground.
• The job involves periods of standing and/or walking across uneven areas and embankments with frequent use of powered hand tools involving bending, twisting and lifting associated with their use.
• Loading and un-loading of bulky items such as mowers etc as an individual or as a team lift.
• Working with or near to mobile plant, powered hand tools, ride-on mowers, agricultural tractors trucks and commercial vehicles.
• Contact with petrol, diesel oils, lubricating oils, herbicides and pesticides, vehicle fumes, plant materials and other substances that might reasonable be found in the horticultural industry.
• Ability to deal with both members of the public and colleagues in a courteous and helpful manner.
• Ability to work on own with little supervision and to use own initiative.
• Be able to demonstrate a flexible approach to work.
• Able to work as part of a team to achieve set targets.

For an informal discussion about this vacancy please contact Gary Meddick (01454 863696)

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As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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