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Grounds Co-ordinator (Page Park)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/06/2019 23:59
£24,657 to £27,358
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Grounds & Highway Maintenance
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS375AF. Page Park located in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire.
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Jun

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Grounds Co-ordinator (Page Park)

Summary of Post

Under the direction of the Community Spaces Team and Grounds Supervisor, the role will be responsible for delivering and improving grounds maintenance as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People project for Page Park located in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire.

This post is full time, limited term contract for 2 years.

Heritage Lottery funding has been awarded to restore Page Park and its heritage features, to engage the local community in a variety of learning and participation activities and set out a clear programme for its future management, making the park a central focus for the local community and play a prominent role in the regeneration of Staple Hill.

Under the direction of the Grounds Supervisor the post will:

Engage & co-ordinate volunteers to assist with all aspects of park maintenance works including regular volunteer sessions.

Work with the Council’s grounds maintenance teams coordinating the delivery of a management and maintenance plan for Page Park.

Attain and maintain Green Flag status for Page Park (first application submitted)

Prepare schedules of work based on park maintenance plan in agreement with Ground Supervisor.

Main Duties

Train, motivate, direct and supervise volunteers working in the park to ensure high standard of horticulture are attained.

Develop and organise programmes of work in consultation with Ground Supervisor

Apply specialist technical knowledge and expertise to assess situations and resolve day to day problems and provide input as necessary in order to meet changing operational needs.

Ensure work is completed to required standards and corrective action is taken where necessary and where appropriate that recommendations are made to improve service quality.

To ensure timely and accurate records are kept on work activities, providing information as required.

Ensure that services are delivered with a positive customer focus.

Lead on review of Management Plan in consultation with Grounds Supervisor and the Steering Group.

Communicate effectively with wider public regarding activities and operations in the park.

Ensure safe systems of working are followed and that all statutory requirements and professional standards are complied with in order to secure the safety of staff, volunteers and customers.

Assist in the control of resources, monitoring costs, and accounting for any variations from projected estimates for work undertaken. Contribute to reports for HLF.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


You will hold a relevant Horticultural qualification e.g. minimum of NVQ 3 or equivalent qualification, or equivalent relevant experience.

You will have relevant practical experience and will also be able to demonstrate your development through undertaking progressively more demanding work roles.

You will have proven experience of working as part of team to meet service standards, targets and deadlines.

You will demonstrate knowledge of practical methods, techniques and standards applicable to the service area.

You will have proven initiative and judgement to resolve problems independently or through a team.

You will have experience of working initiating, engaging, training and supervising volunteers and staff in a supervisory capacity.

You will have good written and verbal communication skills.

You will have a demonstrable understanding of the relevant processes and procedures for health and safety.

Hold full driving licence.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


Experience of achieving Green Flag or working in a Park which had obtained Green Flag status.

Demonstrate ability to manage the expectations of others

Experience or training to assist in the monitoring of resource budgets and control of costs

Experience in engaging effectively with colleagues and external partners/suppliers and influence others based on your technical knowledge of the area.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary please contact either Sally Green. Landscape Architect on 01454 863520 or email sally.green@southglos.gov.uk, Chris Giles or Richard Aston, Community Spaces Improvements Manager on 01454 863725 or email chris.giles@southglos.gov.uk or richard.aston@southglos.gov.uk

Further information about the role

The post holder’s role will include working with and supervising grounds maintenance operatives in the management of the park, and will assist in the appointment and supervising any sub-contractors employed to carry out specialist work. The post holder will engage the Page Park project steering group, led by Community Spaces Team, in setting park management priorities and will attend steering group meeting.

The post holder will work with the Community Spaces Team and Grounds Supervisor to ensure all necessary maintenance standards are met to secure and maintain Green Flag status for the park, including preparing and submitting the annual green flag application for the park.

The post holder will undertake manual work in the park, with or without the assistance of hand tools or small plant which will typically include the following or similar tasks: responsible for all aspects of grounds maintenance including landscaping, fencing, hedge cutting, grass cutting (with a variety of mowers), shrub bed maintenance, ground clearance, herbaceous and plant propagation, watering etc.

The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of Health & Safety within the park, including equipment, volunteers and staff and other day to day management of operations.

The post holder will provide basic instruction in horticultural management to trainee placements, the Friends of Page Park group, volunteers and community groups who are active in helping with the maintenance of the park, building upon and supporting the work with volunteers undertaken by the Community Spaces Page Park Activities Officer.

The post-holder will have no line management responsibility but will be responsible for supervising the Park maintenance team in co-ordination with the Grounds Supervisor.

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: £24,657 to £27,358

Hours: 37 hours

Closing Date: Sunday 23 June 2019

Vacancy Ref: SGC1113/920/SS

Our Values

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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