Gardener Caretaker (GC1)

13 Jun 2019
02 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Title: Gardener Caretaker (GC1)
Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday (phone number removed) Friday (phone number removed)
Winter Hours: Monday-Friday (phone number removed)
There will be occasions where you will be required to work overtime/out of hours, time of in lieu will be granted for O/T work.
* Undertaking practical horticultural maintenance, renovation work and caretaking duties. This includes mowing, edging, hedge cutting, weeding, pruning and pesticide application.
* Planning and organising daily workload, appropriate to each site. This includes compiling stock order for plants, chemicals, fertilisers, PPE and machinery.
* Responsible for the safe operation, care, day to day maintenance and repair of all work equipment to a set standard. This includes team vehicles.
* To report to Line Management any structural defects noted, any development in the surroundings or environment of cemeteries and memorials, which are observed during maintenance duties.
* To observe the Commissions safety procedures and safe working practices, ensuring that PPE is used appropriately, and that the Commission's H&S policies, procedures and safety instructions are adhered to at all times.
* Undertake H&S risk assessments in accordance with company processes and priorities.
* Familiar with, and competent in undertaking a number of routine administrative duties. This includes the use of IT, smart phones and tablet based technology.
* Undertake any other duties which may reasonably be regarded as within the nature of the role.
* Cross function work within the region; working with Skilled Maintenance Craftsmen (SMC) on renovation work.
* Representation of the Commission at ceremonies.
* The provision of advice/direction and other information to Cemetery visitors/members of the public, helping them locate war graves
Project Responsibilities
* Contributes to UKNA projects, tasks and working groups as required/directed
A GC1 you will be responsible for the maintenance of a number of specific plots within a Region. A GC1 will carry out gardening maintenance and renovation work to the standards of excellence as set by the Commission, and according to horticultural policies and procedures.
This role requires maintenance craft skills to undertake a wide range of duties. These include turf culture, headstone border maintenance and planting, pest control, machinery operation and maintenance, tree care, and the care of ornamental features.
Education and Knowledge
* NVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture or equivalent is desirable
* A good level of computer literacy or the ability to learn quickly
* A full driving licence is essential
* Practical experience of horticultural/gardening work
Skills and Abilities
* Good craft gardening skills
* Ability to work alone and using their initiative, as well part of a team
* Effective communication and listening skills
* Decision making skills and the ability to use own initiative, to resolve issues
* Takes responsibility for action
* Good organisational and time management skills
* Sense of service delivery
* Good resource management
* Awareness of the aims and objectives of the organisation
* An alignment and adherence to the Commission's Values: RESPECT, EXCELLENCE, TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION, PROFESSIONALISM and COMMITMENT
* Health and Safety responsibility for self

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