Allotment Maintenance Assistant x4

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Allotment Maintenance Assistant x4
Contract / Temporary

Durham 1004625713927056

Posted: 31st October 2022 10:56
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  • Pay Rate:

    £9.79 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, starting between 07:00am-07:30am

  • This opening assignment is for 13 months

  • MEADOWFIELD, Durham,

    DH7 8XL

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Allotment Maintenance Assistant x4

Reference no:  Durham 1004625713927056

Pay rate: £9.79 per hour PAYE     

Requirement to hold a valid UK driving licence ideally covering at least Category B

This role is in a newly created, small team of staff responsible for a range of maintenance tasks across the Council’s allotment sites. Undertaking a variety of tasks to improve the physical appearance of the allotments and completing a range of routine and ad hoc repairs and maintenance tasks on allotment sites across the County under the direction of a Chargehand but may often be required to work alone.

Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake maintenance and improvement works on allotment sites.
  • Strimming back overgrown vegetation.
  • Repairing or replacing fences and gates.
  • Removing or cutting back hedges and small trees and simple, small-scale path/track maintenance.
  • Preparing ground ready for cultivation and application of herbicides.
  • Litter picking and removing waste materials.
  • Repairing and painting allotment structures or dismantling redundant structures (for example: sheds, greenhouses, animal enclosures, and communal facilities).
  • Clearing drainage ditches.
  • Erection and maintenance of signage.
  • Graffiti removal.
  • Liaising with and supporting internal specialists or external contractor to ensure more complex works are completed (for example removal of large trees, removal of brick structures, and major path / track resurfacing).
  • Ensuring good customer care is provided to all stakeholders that you come into contact with during the course of your work (this includes but is not limited to: allotment tenants, allotment associations, local residents, external contractors, and staff from other Council services).
  • Ensure the safe use, security of vehicles, plant, equipment and machinery allocated to you.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of and appropriate qualifications to allow the safe and effective completion of work allocated to you.
  • Work outdoors whilst carrying out majority of the tasks.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

  • Clean driving licence covering at least category B.
  • Competent in the use of machinery/tools relevant to the role.
  • Basic all-round knowledge of both hard and soft landscaping.
  • Basic general knowledge of health and safety issues relevant to the role.
  • Experience in using of a wide range of plant, equipment and machinery relevant to the role (for example, strimmer’s, hedge cutters, rotavators, etc).
  • Experience of speaking and working with the public.
  • Basic knowledge of health and safety requirements and procedures relevant to the role.
  • Due to the requirement to drive a County Council vehicle in these roles, the production of a valid driving licence for the required category of vehicle and the satisfactory completion of an in-house Driver Induction Assessment is required.
  • Display a willingness to be trained in all aspect of the role.
  • Commitment to customer care and a flexible approach to work.
  • Work to the hours of the service, this may include working annualised hours (longer in summer, shorter in winter).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates.   If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let me know and we can send you some additional information for clarify.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Clean driving licence covering at least category B.
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.



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Allotment Maintenance Assistant x4
Client Category: Local Authority

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