Page Park Grounds Co-ordinator

South Gloucestershire Council

Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire
£24,174 - £26,822 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: SGC1113/805/RP

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 25th February 2018   4 days left

This historic park is undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration project and we need an enthusiastic, qualified horticulturalist who can co-ordinate and deliver a grounds maintenance plan, achieve Green Flag status for the park and rally volunteers to help look after this treasured municipal park. 

You will: 

  • hold a relevant Horticultural qualification e.g. minimum of NVQ 3 or equivalent  qualification, or equivalent relevant experience  
  • be good with people. We need you to have experience of attracting and  motivating volunteers who will help maintain the park
  • be physically able to carry out grounds maintenance (hedge and grass cutting, watering, landscaping, planting)
  • be willing to teach volunteers basic horticultural management
  • prepare maintenance schedules and co-ordinate a management plan - be willing to work outside normal working hours and attend meetings and activities in evening and at weekends as required

We can offer you:  

  • a unique role based in a stunning location  
  • an opportunity to shape the future of our historic park  
  • Fixed term 3 year contract  
  • competitive salary  
  • 33 days annual leave  
  • access to our staff benefits and discounts scheme   

Under the direction of the Page Park Delivery Manager, the role will be responsible for planning, delivering and improving grounds maintenance as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People project for Page Park located in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire for a fixed time period (3 years).

Heritage Lottery funding has been awarded to restore Page Park and its heritage features, to engage the local community in a variety of learning and participation activities and set out a clear programme for its future management, making the park a central focus for the local community and play a prominent role in the regeneration of Staple Hill.

Under the direction of the Page Park Delivery Manager, the role will:

  • Engage and co-ordinate volunteers to assist with all aspects of park maintenance works
  • Work with the Councils grounds maintenance teams coordinating the delivery of a management and maintenance plan for Page Park.
  • Attain and maintain Green Flag status for Page Park
  • Prepare schedules of work based on park maintenance plan in agreement with Ground Supervisor

The role will include working with and supervising grounds maintenance operatives in the management of the park, and will assist in the appointment and supervising any sub-contractors employed to carry out specialist work. The post holder will engage with the Page Park project steering group, led by Community Spaces Team, in setting park management priorities and will attend steering group meeting.

The post holder will work with the Page Park project team to ensure all necessary maintenance standards are met to secure and maintain Green Flag status for the park, including preparing and submitting the annual green flag application for the park.

The post holder will undertake manual work in the park, with or without the assistance of hand tools or small plant which will typically include the following or similar tasks: responsible for all aspects of grounds maintenance including landscaping, fencing, hedge cutting, grass cutting (with a variety of mowers), shrub bed maintenance, ground clearance, herbaceous and plant propagation, watering etc.

The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of Health and Safety within the park, including equipment, volunteers, staff and other day to day management of operations.

The post holder will provide basic instruction in horticultural management to trainee placements, the Friends of Page Park group, volunteers and community groups who are active in helping with the maintenance of the park, building upon and supporting the work with volunteers undertaken by the Community Spaces Page Park Activities Officer.

The post-holder will have no line management responsibility but will be responsible for supervising the Park maintenance team in co-ordination with the StreetScene Ground Supervisor.

This is a full-time 3 year position working 37 hours per week. 

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South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

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