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Parks Operative

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Sector
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £10.41 per hour
Published 2 months ago
Start date asap
Contact Robyn Barry
Job ref RQ571001_1658844825

Job description

Parks Operative

Rate of Pay: £10.41



Location: Ravenhill

Hours: 37 hours per week

Duration: Temporary ongoing

JOB SUMMARY / MAIN PURPOSE:

To be responsible to the Community Parks Manager or other appropriate officer to drive and be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the allocated vehicle including, but not restricted to, van / trailer / tractor / ride on mower. To maintain the orderly condition of all locations, that is, sweeping, hoeing, raking, mowing, edging, grass cutting, hedge cutting and pruning and the removal of litter, rubbish and hazardous materials and to carry out other cultural operations, for example, the planting of trees, shrubs and plants. To assist, as required, with the inspection of playgrounds, play equipment and parks furniture and to undertake litter collection duties associated with these facilities to ensure they are maintained to set quality and safety standards.

KEY DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES

Driving, use of equipment and associated duties:

  • To drive and be responsible for any allocated vehicle and trailer (within the post holder's driving licence category) and any authorised passengers. Also to ensure that the vehicle is not overloaded and to ensure the proper and safe use of all ancillary equipment attached to allocated vehicle, eg gang mowers, rakes, trailer, fertiliser distributor etc.
  • To adhere to drivers' daily checks and accident/ incident/ vehicle defect procedures including the completion of all required documentation, including legal and tachograph compliance in an accurate and timely fashion.
  • To be responsible for the basic maintenance of allocated vehicle and ancillary equipment and to keep the vehicle and equipment clean.
  • To load, unload vehicles and move equipment and materials such as mowers, barrows, plants, soil, fertilisers, horticultural tools and sundries, etc.
  • To use allocated technology and equipment such as digital cameras, communication and information systems, as required to enhance the postholder's ability to undertake their duties effectively and efficiently.

Gardening and horticultural duties:

  • To maintain buildings, including cleaning (sweeping, mopping and dusting), moving equipment and materials (tables, chairs etc)
  • To maintain the orderly condition of all locations, that is, sweeping, hoeing, raking, mowing, edging, grass cutting, hedge cutting and pruning and the removal of litter, rubbish and hazardous materials.
  • To maintain games facilities and areas including spiking, scarifying, top-dressing, fertilising and also marking of games areas and erection/dismantling of posts.
  • To maintain fine turf and grass areas such as bowling greens and cricket squares including maintenance of appropriate stock levels of equipment and materials.
  • To maintain all tools and equipment in a satisfactory condition including the cleaning of garden tools and basic cleaning and maintenance of lawnmowers.
  • To use powered hand tools and light plant to perform duties as required.

General Duties:

  • To assist as required with the inspection of playgrounds, play equipment and parks furniture including the undertaking of some minor repairs. To undertake litter collection duties associated with these facilities to ensure they are maintained to set quality and safety standards.
  • To provide Community Park Manager with all relevant information required for the preparation of statements and reports of evidence, to attend public liability claim hearings which involve the council and to attend court as required.
  • To report to management any accidents, incidents, defects, hazardous equipment, acts of vandalism and other park related incidents or complaints involving staff members or members of the public.
  • To advise on council Bye-Laws as required and promote orderly conduct and safety of the public by giving guidance / advice and dealing with any complaint in relation to the relevant site.
  • To complete all associated paperwork for example, daily records sheets.

Essential criteria

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

  • possess a full, current C1+E driving licence which enables them to drive vehicles, including vehicle and plant trailer, in Northern Ireland;
  • possess a full, current Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC); and
  • be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year's relevant experience in each of the following areas:
  • undertaking gardening and horticulture duties, for example working with plants, including their care and treatment; grass cutting, hedge trimming, turfing and seed sowing, planting, sweeping, removal of litter and rubbish, etc;
  • using powered hand tools and equipment and ensuring that these tools and equipment are safe for use in accordance with health and safety regulations; and
  • dealing with members of the public in a face-to-face environment.

All eligible applicants will be required to undertake a driving assessment as part of the selection process. These assessments will include the use of a trailer. Only those applicants who pass the driving assessment will be invited to interview.

BELSL

If you are interested and available for this position please upload your CV to the link or contact Robyn Barry. Robyn.Barry@staffline.co.uk

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. Please note that these roles may be filled quickly but your CV will be kept on file for future similar roles. As there are so many applications, unsuccessful candidates may not be contacted.

Successful candidates may need to apply for an Access NI Certificate with Staffline regardless if you already have a valid certificate. It will be a cost of between £18 - £33 depending on clearance level.

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