Temporary Grounds Worker

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Temporary Grounds Worker
Contract / Temporary

Dorset 5209232

Posted: 29th August 2022 11:10
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £11.50 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37, Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for up to 6 months

  • Shaftesbury,

    SP7 8PL

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Grounds Worker

Reference no: Dorset 5209232

Enhanced DBS required for this role

A Caretaker is needed to undertake grounds maintenance at The Dorset Centre of Excellence under the supervision of the Estate Manager and Chief Operating Officer. 

The post-holder will also be expected to carry out a range of duties to contribute to the security, safety, and maintenance of the premises, under the supervision of the Estate Manager.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist the Estate Manager in making any arrangements to cover periods of absence of other keyholders.
  • be responsible for locking and unlocking school premises outside of normal school hours and for setting security alarm systems, as required.
  • Responding to security alarm or other call outs in accordance with agreed procedures.
  • Assist the Estate Manager to arrange regular checks on alarm systems and fire extinguishers and report on any problems arising
  • Identify and report building, furnishing or fittings deficiencies to the Estate Manager/Chief operating Officer and to undertake any remedial action that may be authorised and appropriate.
  • Escort contractors and other persons to sites of repair and maintenance and, where appropriate, monitoring the safety of their working practices and/or quality of work.
  • Be responsible for taking the delivery of stores, goods and equipment and arrange storage or distribution as required.
  • Exercise responsibility for the operation of the school heating systems; ensuring that all plant and equipment operates safely and efficiently.
  • Ensure that adequate supplies of fuel and water are always available and to maintain the supply of supplementary mobile heating, as may be necessary.
  • Assist the Estate Manager with monitoring usage of electricity, water, and any other fuel. Taking such meter readings as may be required
  • Maintain staff and pupil cloakroom and toilet facilities in working order and that appropriate supplies of consumables are available


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


  • Previous experience with Health & Safety procedures.
  • Previous experience with site maintenance and site supervision.
  • Demonstrable basic knowledge of grounds maintenance type duties.

Skills/Technical skills:

  • Able to respond to Health & Safety Hazards.
  • Able to identify and respond to problems arising.
  • Able to always maintain the strictest confidentiality and integrity.
  • Highly organised and efficient and able to work to tight
  • deadlines, often under pressure.
  • Able work under your own initiative.
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team.
  • Able to promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people across the Company.

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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. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. Clean full driving licence.
  6. 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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Job Ref: Dorset 5209232
Temporary Grounds Worker
Client Category: Local Authority

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Client Category: Local Authority

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