We are recruiting a Parks Operative for our public service client based in Belfast
The successful candidate will 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.
Location - Belfast
Hours of Work - 9am -5pm Monday to Friday
Salary - £10.41 - £20.82 per hour
What the role entails:
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.
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 assist with the preparation and running of events and activities on site. Collating information as required on users, for example, numbers attending.
- 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.
- To ensure effective communication with site users, other members of the team and line management. To provide information and assistance to site users in line with customer care standards.
- To assist in on-the-job training and coaching, including apprentices and work placements.
- To undergo training as and when required.
Qualifications and experience
Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:
- 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.
If you think you meet the criteria, please submit your CV to Michael.McAlinden@mparecruitment.co.uk or call our office on 02895211111 for more information and how to register for this role.