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Vacancy: Grounds Maintenance Operative – seasonal

Responsible To Grounds Maintenance Team Leader
Responsible For Carrying out a wide variety of grounds maintenance tasks and operations on a day-to-day basis across all sites owned, managed or maintained by Gainsborough Town Council.
Hours / Position This is a full-time role of 37 hours per week.
Grade / Sallary This role is graded at SCP 6-8 / £20,043-£20,852 per year
Pension You will be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme

Are you our new Grounds Maintenance Operative?

About the Role

We are seeking a reliable and trustworthy individual to join our team as a Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Operative to carry out a wide variety of grounds maintenance tasks and operations on a day-to-day basis across all sites owned, managed or maintained by Gainsborough Town Council.

This public sector role provides an interesting and varied opportunity to work within an active growing community.

The role involves interesting and varied work at various sites across Gainsborough, such as parks, sports grounds, playing fields and cemeteries.

We will provide you with all the necessary training and support to enable you to excel in the role.

You can download the application form from the links at the end of this post.

We currently have a temporary one (six months) vacancy. Please state on your application which position you are interested in (or both).

Job Description

Hours of Work 

This is a full-time role of 37 hours per week.

The usual hours of work for the role are 8.00am-4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am- 3.30pm on a Friday. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Salary  

This role is graded at SCP 6-8 / £20,043-£20,852 per year

You will have opportunity to join the Gainsborough Town Council pension scheme.

Holidays 

You will receive 30 days annual leave, inclusive of eight bank and public holidays (pro-rata). This will rise to 33 after 5 years of service.

Title:                          Grounds Maintenance Operative

Reports to:              Grounds Maintenance Team Leader

Location:                 Gainsborough – Gainsborough Town Council managed facilities

Duties:    

To carry out a wide variety of grounds maintenance tasks and operations on a day-to-day basis across all sites owned, managed or maintained by Gainsborough Town Council.

1. Operation and maintenance of grass cutting machinery including ride on mowers, brush cutters, rotary and cylinder mowers and other machinery that from time to time the Council may be in possession of.

2. Collection of litter and refuse from Council sites.

3. Maintenance of grave plots including excavation and backfilling for funerals.

4. Funeral management including traffic management and grave dressing.

5. Sports pitch maintenance including line marking, weed control, fertiliser application, cylinder mowing and use of a multi cassette mower.

6. Tree and shrub maintenance using hand tools and motorised machinery including chainsaws.

7. Maintenance of flower and shrub beds.

8. Stewarding and manual support for Council events.

9. Minor DIY operations across all Council sites.

10. Basic health and safety inspections of Council assets.

11. Cleaning of public toilets and other areas of Town Council managed sites. 

12. Undertake training in the handling storage of chemicals (COSHH), health and safety, handling of equipment and any other training as required.

13. As a term of your employment you may be required to undertake such other duties commensurate with your grade, and/or hours of work

Person Specification

The specification below is how we work out if you are the right person for the job and it is also used to determine if you will be invited to interview. Criteria in the essential column are prerequisites for the job.  Criteria in the desirable column help make candidates stand out but we will offer the training section if you do not have it. You will be expected to learn new skills and improve on existing ones as part of your job role.

These criteria are assessed through the application form and at the time of interview. 

CriterionEssential RequirementsDesirable requirements
QualificationsDriving LicencePA1 and PA6 spraying licence.  
Introductory level chainsaw operative qualification.
Work Experience Previous experience of operating grounds maintenance machinery.
Previous experience of basic DIY tasks. Previous experience of working in a grounds maintenance environment. Previous experience of horticulture.
Skills and Knowledge A basic horticultural knowledge.
A basic knowledge of fine turf maintenance.
A basic knowledge of grounds maintenance machinery and maintenance requirements.
A knowledge of mechanical operation of grounds maintenance machinery. Ability to operate a variety of grounds maintenance machinery.
Personal QualitiesA flexible approach to working such hours as are necessary to meet the demands of the service. Weekend working may be necessary.
A willingness to undertake further training. An efficient and proactive approach to completing set tasks.
An ability to work co-operatively within a team environment as well as alone when required.
An ability to maintain a safe work environment at all times.
Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate commitment to getting a job done.
A respect and understanding for Council policy and procedure and ability to adhere to it.
A good public facing manner and ability to communication with members of the public in a professional and courteous way
 

Ready to apply?

Excellent, we’re glad you want to apply, and we want to make it as simple as possible. All you need to do is complete our online application form by clicking the button below:

Please do note that the Council will only consider CVs if accompanied by a completed application form. 

Alternatively, you can download the application form below, fill it in and e-mail it to: 

townclerk@gainsborough-tc.gov.uk

Or you can submit a paper copy by posting it to: 

Gainsborough Town Council

Richmond House

Richmond Park

Morton Terrace

Gainsborough

Lincolnshire

DN21 2RJ

You can request a paper copy by calling 01427 811573.

Please do note that the Council will only consider CVs if accompanied by a completed application form. 

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 19 June 2022 . 

Interviews week commencing 27 June 2022. 

To download the application form please click below:

2022-Job-Application-blank.docx

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Recruitment Pack (the above information in a downloadable format):

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