Parks and Green Space Officer
Wychavon District Council pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation who spends our time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.
We share a Chief Executive and a joint management team with Malvern Hills District Council. Whilst they retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities, and operate and develop shared services and partnership arrangements with each other and with other councils.
Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find. That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as agile working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a great pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development as well as discounted childcare and gym membership.
We have an exciting opportunity available for an experienced individual to join the dedicated Parks and Green Space team within Client Services based in Pershore. You will support with the management of parks and public open spaces including 6 which hold Green Flag Awards as well as managing verges.
Parks and Green Space Officer
37 hours per week
Salary £24,982 - £28,672 per annum
Working with the Client Services Team, you will work with the Senior Parks and Greenspace Officer on the day to day monitoring and organisation of the work on parks, open spaces and verges including dealing with contractors, forward planning, development and refurbishment projects, events in parks, play area weekly and quarterly safety inspections, tree and shrub management including habitat improvement, GIS mapping systems, budget control and all other aspects of open space management.
You will be required to record inspections and implement required actions and respond to requests or complaints relating to the Councils parks and open spaces.
There will be the occasional need to assist with enforcement issue such as abandoned cars, fly tipping and Public Space Protection Orders.
The successful candidate will need an RHS Level 3 qualification or similar in Horticulture, or a HND or Diploma in Horticulture or related relevant subject and / or you will have significant experience within a Horticulturally based role and have technical knowledge of soft and hard landscaping.
Previous experience in dealing with customers/public in a relevant field of Horticulture/Landscape would be beneficial plus lots of enthusiasm and a flexible approach to work.
The successful candidate will need:
- Significant horticultural knowledge especially for trees, shrubs, and grassland management.
- Experience of monitoring contractors’ work.
- Landscape design skills including the ability to survey, draw scale plans and undertake design work.
- Good IT skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Flexibility and good time management
- Excellent customer service skills
- Experience of working in a team and ability to work alone
This post requires the ability to travel through the district to make site visits as well as working outdoors. There is also a requirement for making lone site visits to a variety of landscape sites. The post holder will carry out health & safety checks on a regular basis for play areas, training can be provided if needed.
The successful candidate will need to be a driver, with access to own vehicle available for work at all times. Occasional out of hours and weekend working may be necessary. Please confirm in your application that you can meet these requirements.
For further information about the role please contact Jonathan Hulbert (Senior Parks & Greenspace Officer) on 01386 565196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing Date: Sunday 1 August 2021
Interview Date: Thursday 12 August 2021