Grounds Maintenance Driver

Location Newtownabbey, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £10.39 per hour + Holidays
Published about 1 month ago
Start date Asap
Contact Ashleigh Lyle
Job ref BAALGMD1403_1649926142

Job description

Staffline are recruiting for Seasonal Grounds Maintenance Driver in Antrim & Newtownabbey Area


Undertake work of a horticultural nature and carry out grounds maintenance as directed throughout the Parks and Cemeteries Service to include artificial surfaces; parks; playing fields; golf courses; and other open spaces.

  • Ensure grounds and horticultural areas are maintained in accordance with the required standards and carrying out the instructions of the Team Leader/Parks and Cemeteries Supervisor.
  • Operate vehicles, plant and tools necessary to perform the duties assigned to the operative including Council vehicles, mowing equipment, strimmers, compact tractors and any other equipment required to complete assigned tasks
  • Carry out daily checks on vehicles / machines / equipment ensuring they are maintained in good working condition, all safety guards / signs are properly maintained and displayed, records of machinery and site inspection dates are kept, and defects recorded and rectified.
  • Carry out routine maintenance activities including litter and leaf collection, hedge cutting, planting, sweeping, weed control operations, grass cutting, shrub/tree pruning, floral planting, watering hanging baskets, maintaining pitches/sports area, administering fertilisers/spraying pesticides and any other grounds or cemetery maintenance activities required in the delivery of the service.
  • Undertake duties in the Nursery, for example, making up hanging baskets; prepare cut flower and other displays; sow seeds; take cuttings etc.
  • Routine constructional labouring, including backfilling graves and topping up sunken graves.
  • Carry out routine maintenance of plant and equipment including daily checks on oil, water, fuel, tyres to ensure that plant and equipment are kept clean and operational condition.
  • Routine cleaning of buildings, toilets, showers, changing rooms, community areas and pavilions.
  • Removal of litter and hazardous waste (e.g. Animal carcasses) from shorelines, beaches and waterways, ensuring correct disposal.
  • Completion of written and computerised records (e.g in-house systems, accidents, defects and safety checks.
  • Inspect and maintain playground area e.g replace damaged swings; repair fencing.
  • Taking booking for activities/facilities in the area (e.g caravan park, special events), taking and receipting of monies where appropriate.
  • Hold keys to allocated building, ensuring security of same and public access where appropriate.
  • In the event of inclement weather preventing normal working undertake such alternative tasks as may be allocated by management.
  • Implement adverse weather programmes i.e. salt/flooding when required.
  • Delivery and collection of requested items, including erecting stands/displays when necessary.

Essential Criteria

  • Full current driving licence.
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience of horticultural work including planting, bedding and flowerbed maintenance.
  • Working knowledge of grass cutting, and grounds maintenance techniques. Knowledge of horticultural materials including shrub, bedding, plants, etc. Knowledge of Health and Safety Regulations.

Desirable Criteria

  • A full current driving licence to include C1 + E to enable postholder to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes.
  • Hold a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence and Qualification card.
  • A recognised qualification of competence for professional grass cutting equipment
  • Hold PA1 qualification for the safe use of pesticides
  • Hold PA6A qualification for spraying pesticides using a hand held applicator
  • Hold an NVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture
  • Hold a qualification in Road Management/Traffic Control
  • NPTC in use of Chainsaws


Details of role:

Seasonal role

37hrs per week Monday - Friday

£10.39 per hr

Immediate start Monday 21st March 2022

Interested in this role please forward cv to or call office 028 25642699

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