Grounds Maintenance Operative – Cemetery

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Grounds Maintenance Operative - Cemetery
Contract / Temporary

Islington RQ827797

Posted: 2nd March 2023 13:57
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  • Pay Rate:

    £12.42 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months


    NW6 1DR

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Grounds Maintenance Operative - Cemetery   

Reference no: Islington RQ827797   

Pay rate £12.42 per hour PAYE 

This opening assignment is for 2-3 months 

Operatives shall be required to perform tasks as called upon that fall within the skills range and may be required to receive training for semi-skilled tasks that are deemed reasonable. Working as an individual or as part of a team to provide high quality customer focussed Environmental Services including all types of waste collection, street cleansing grounds maintenance and park keeping 

Key responsibilities: 


  • To work on the basis of fair pay for a fair days work. In accordance with the Council's Fairer Islington Policy all Staff shall be paid a minimum of the London Living Wage and staff will support apprenticeship schemes for local people and to promote and develop careers.  
  • To carry out general cleansing, waste management, grounds maintenance and park keeping duties as directed by supervisor.  
  • To assist in the implementation of productivity increases to bring the operation in line with industry productivity norms. To co-operate with the design and implementation of changes to services or methods of working to meet changes in customer requirements or to improve efficiency or reduce cost or environmental burdens. In order for a full service to be delivered as economically as possible there will need to be change to some start and finish times. If this is the case consultation with the individual and their trade union representative will commence before implementation.  
  • To give full cooperation in the implementation and operation of the latest information and communication technology which will be designed to enhance efficiency, safety and rapid communication.  
  • To give total commitment to developing and maintaining an excellent health and safety culture within the organisation and a high level of awareness amongst all staff working together towards zero accidents and work related ill health. To report any potential dangerous hazards or occurrences identified during the working day to line supervisor or driver.  
  • To ensure high levels of service, staff will be required to work all Public Holidays excluding Christmas Day and there will need to be staff on standby to deal with emergencies. This will not prevent individual staff members from not working on any particular public holiday, provided adequate cover is available to meet the needs of the service on that day. To work agreed overtime after Public Holidays or other disruptions to the normal service as required.  
  • To support ways of working to improve recycling, waste minimisation and maintenance of parks and open spaces including recording and reporting waste collection problems such as contamination or incorrectly stored waste through the established reporting system. Also to record and report properties where there is a potential for waste reduction and increased recycling. Or reporting areas of grounds maintenance not meeting service standards. 
  • To undertake safely the collection of all types of waste; cleansing of streets or parks and open spaces and work individually or as part of a team and ensure that segregated waste streams are not obviously contaminated with nonconforming material or waste.  
  • To take care in undertaking duties not to cause damage to Council or third party vehicles, plant, equipment, property etc. and where damage is caused to report any incident to your driver or supervisor at the earliest opportunity.  
  • To wear the correct uniform and personal protective equipment appropriate for the task while on duty and that it is in a clean and safe condition 

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

  • Basic horticultural knowledge 
  • At least 6 months experience as a loader, sweeper or grounds maintenance operative 
  • Ability to provide verbal reports, and the ability to report in writing 

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. 

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application. 

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

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 us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

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. 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. 


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

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Job Ref: Islington RQ827797
Grounds Maintenance Operative - Cemetery
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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