Vacancy for Grounds Maintenance Operative

Published: 28 September 2022

Grounds Maintenance Operative
If you enjoy working outside, have a valid driving licence and have experience of grounds maintenance work using professional equipment – we are offering the opportunity to join our small, diverse and friendly organisation.
Hythe and Dibden Parish Council is looking to recruit a Grounds Maintenance Operative working 37 hours a week, Monday – Thursday 8am – 4.30pm and Friday 8am – 1pm.
The post holder will be expected to work one weekend in four, Saturday 8am – 11am Sunday 8am - 1pm. In addition to the allowance that is paid for the weekend duties, the post holder will not be expected to work on the Monday before their weekend shift.
The successful candidate will be expected, when required, to be available to work additional hours at Parish Council events, to provide additional capacity during busy times, to attend call outs and will be required to work occasional Bank Holidays, for which overtime is payable.
The post holder must hold a current, full, clean driving licence (minimum category B), be subject to a DBS check, and have the ability to work on their own initiative. The post holder will report to the Maintenance and Facilities Supervisor through the Senior Maintenance Operator.
Salary SCP 5 to SCP 6: £19,650 to £20,043 plus Weekend Working Allowance of £78.55 - £80.13 per month and enrolment in the Local Government Pension Scheme. A pay award of £1,925 p.a (T.B.C) on the basic salary is pending. Holiday entitlement of 22 days’ holiday p.a plus Bank Holidays, rising to 25 days p.a after 5 years’ continuous service.
Main responsibilities:
o The Council is seeking an individual who has the ability to prioritise and organise a busy workload and can communicate effectively with a variety of people.
o To undertake, either individually, or as a member of a team, a range of horticulturally based maintenance activities including the cutting and strimming of grass, hedge cutting, pruning, planting and weed spraying.
o To carry out a range of maintenance activities including installation of fences, painting, cleaning of sports pavilions, marking out of sports pitches and the erecting and dismantling of goal posts.
o Removal of litter, weeds (by hand or by spraying), vegetable material, dumped items and materials from both hard and soft landscaped areas as directed.
o To use a range of specialist hand tools and mechanical equipment including strimmers, hedge cutters and ride-on mowers as directed, including undertaking regular maintenance and safety checks, cleaning and sharpening as required.
o Carrying out daily maintenance and safety checks on the allocated vehicle and equipment and reporting any defects. Ensuring trailers are attached safely and as instructed and comply with legal requirements.
o Responding to queries from members of the public and providing advice and information or directing them to the appropriate place to obtain the information they require.
o Emptying of litter bins and safe disposal of their contents.
o Inspection of play areas, public open spaces and football pitches for safety and cleanliness and to keep written records of these inspections.
o Carry out day to day maintenance works within Parish Council owned buildings
o Locking and unlocking of buildings and facilities as required with responsibility for safeguarding keys and the security of property belonging to the Parish Council.
o Planting, maintenance and watering of floral displays and hanging baskets. This will require working out of normal hours.
o To identify and note the main areas of litter pollution within the parish by visual inspection and to report any incidents of graffiti, vandalism or dog fouling to the Senior Maintenance Operator.
o To maintain a weekly record of areas covered, cleaning carried out, problem areas found and hours worked.
o The ability to work alone and on own initiative and maintain a positive enthusiastic approach is essential.
o Conduct all duties in a safe and proper manner, as defined in the Safe Working Practices, Risk Assessments and Specific Site Rules, that may apply when working away from the depot.
o To carry out any other tasks which may be required as commensurate with the role.
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The closing date for the receipt of applications is noon on 4th November 2022 with interviews during the week of 21st November 2022
The successful applicant will take up their post on the 4th January 2023
This post is subject to a 3-month Probation Period. It is understood and agreed that the first 3 months of employment shall constitute a probationary period during which period the Employer may, in its absolute discretion, terminate the employee's employment, for any reason without notice or cause.