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Grounds Worker

Employer
Dodington Park Estate
Location
BS37 6SF, Bristol
Salary
Competitive salary and benefits package
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

Dodington Park Estate is on the boundary between South Gloucestershire and the county of Bristol balanced on the Cotswold Escarpment. At the centre of the estate is Dodington House an 18th Century Georgian mansion which is currently being used as a private home.

We are looking for a Grounds Worker to join an established team of 6. When you come to work at Dodington Park, you’ll be joining a team of dedicated employees who work towards the renovation and maintenance of the house and surrounding estate, where we always strive to achieve the highest possible standards of work and craftsmanship.

Our employees are offered a competitive reward package, including the following benefits:

  • Discretionary bonus scheme.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Life assurance.
  • 27 days holiday (plus bank holidays).
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Charitable Giving via payroll (Give as You Earn).
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Access to product discounts
  • Free parking

Role Overview

Your primary duties will be presenting the grounds to the highest possible standards. Fine turf care is a key part of the role and experience in maintenance of natural grass is essential. The role includes all grounds maintenance tasks such as mowing, scarifying and strimming as well as looking after specialised machinery tools and equipment. Within the parkland arboriculture skills are necessary to enhance, fell, clear and remove trees as necessary. You are expected to drive a range of turf care machinery, and tractors daily to help complete maintenance tasks both in the grounds and parkland.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Use and maintain a range of turf care ride on machinery to include cylinder mowers, flail mowers and compact tractors.
  • Use and maintain a range of tractor towed turf care implements to include drill seeder, fertiliser spreader, harrow and roller.
  • Complete landscaping tasks such as achieving correct levels, addition of topsoil, turfing and path instillation.
  • Use a chain saw to clear large windblown trees, fell small trees and enhance the parkland on the estate.
  • Maintenance of other estate properties and grounds required on a regular basis.
  • Variety of tree planting and tree maintenance.
  • Woodland Maintenance throughout the estate.
  • Uphold and maintain Estate Values
  • Ensure high standards of Health and Safety.
  • Committed to continuous development of own skills and knowledge, undergoing training where necessary.

Person specification / Core Competencies:

  • Experience in a ground’s maintenance, working in a large private garden, private estate, green keeper role or similar position.
  • Relevant qualifications in grass care, construction, arboriculture (City and Guilds, IOG, LANTRA, BIGGA, or equivalent).
  • PA1 & PA6 spraying certificate, or equivalent, are desirable (training will be provided where necessary).
  • CS30 & CS31 chain saw training, or equivalent, is desirable.
  • In-depth understanding of grounds keeping and upkeep needs.
  • Competent in the use of a range of turf care equipment (handheld, pedestrian controlled, ride-on and tractor mounted).
  • Be able to use and maintain a range of handheld and pedestrian controlled petrol powered and battery powered hand tools to maintain areas of the gardens and estate.
  • Competent in the use of tractors and be prepared to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Experience of turf care and the inputs required to produce high quality turf.
  • Hold a valid driving license.
  • Computer literate.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely and efficient manner. 
  • Professional manner and confident communication skills.
  • Proactive and flexible approach to work.
  • Good attention to detail is vital, with high standards of work required at all times.
  • Strong sense of discretion, appreciating the confidentiality of the work.
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst possessing strong teamwork skills.

To increase your chances of being short listed please submit a covering letter in addition to your CV clearly addressing how you meet the criteria outlined above and including details of your required package.

 

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