Parks Operative

  • Ongoing Agency
  • Temporary
  • Belfast
  • £11.81

Bluestones Staffing

Main purpose of job

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.

Essential criteria

Qualifications and experience

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

a)     possess a full, current C1+E driving licence which enables them to drive vehicles, including vehicle and plant trailer, in Northern Ireland;

b)     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:

c)     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;

d)     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

e)     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.

Special skills and attributes

Applicants must be able to demonstrate, by providing personal and specific examples, that they possess the following special skills and attributes:

  • Communication skills: the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Health and safety knowledge: an understanding of the health and safety responsibilities of the post to ensure the safety of employees and members of the public.
  • Technical knowledge and skills: the ability to use horticultural tools and machinery with an understanding of horticultural techniques and plant types.
  • Customer care skills: the ability to deal with the public in a tactful and sensitive manner.
  • Initiative and team working skills: the ability to work on own initiative and as a member of a team.

Short-listing criteria

In addition to the above qualifications and experience, Belfast City Council reserves the right to shortlist only those applicants who, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

  • in the first instance, possess an NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture, or equivalent relevant qualification; and
  • in the second instance, can demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least two years’ relevant experience in each of the above areas (c) to (e).

Overtime pay is available.

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