Parks Officer (Technical and Contract Monitoring)

  • Job Reference: 102640
  • Date Posted: 9 September 2021
  • Recruiter: Easy Web Recruitment
  • Location: Abingdon
  • Salary: £26,897 to £31,471
  • Sector: Agriculture and Environment
  • Job Type: Full Time Flex
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

You will join us as a Parks Officer to monitor the performance of the department’s contractors and to routinely inspect and report on the condition of the councils’ parks, open spaces and public conveniences. Also, to help to respond to enquiries from the public and other users of the councils’ parks, open spaces and public conveniences.

Parks Officer Responsibilities:
  • To inspect and record the work of the department’s contractors in a thorough and methodical manner. This includes grounds maintenance, toilet cleansing and any other contracts managed by the department
  • To ensure all relevant health and safety standards are being adhered to
  • To inspect and record the condition of all features within the councils’ parks, open spaces, cemeteries and closed churchyards including formal inspection of the councils’ equipped play areas and inspection of public conveniences for cleanliness
  • Report on any repairs and maintenance required and quality of work completed by contractors and internal staff
  • To assist in managing the security of the councils’ parks and open spaces
  • To respond to enquiries from the public and other users and/or provide information to team leaders to respond
  • To assist in the updating of the department’s contract documentation
Parks Officer Requirements:

Duties may include inspections early in the morning or late in the day (7am to 7pm). For example, on play equipment when it is not in use, or occasional inspections at the weekend for example emergency health and safety issues to ensure public safety.

You also need to be physically fit as the role may include long periods of standing or walking over large areas of open space for example when checking work carried out by grounds maintenance contractor and include climbing up and through play equipment and into confined spaces to carry out inspections.

The duties may vary from time to time without changing the nature of the post or the level of responsibility and the post holder may also be required to carry out any other duties appropriate to the grading of the post
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise workload and meet deadlines with limited supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences, such as members of the public and internal colleagues
  • Good IT skills including GIS, MapInfo, Confirm, PSS live, Microsoft word, excel, email and internet
  • Ability and willingness to use your own initiative to work effectively as an individual and as part of a busy and committed team
  • Experience of working with contractors
  • Understanding of minor repairs and maintenance requirements on mechanical equipment
  • Physically fit and able to vary work between office based and outdoors
Your essential qualifications
  • NVQ level 2 in Amenity Horticulture or equivalent
  • RPII certificate in Level 2 Operational Inspections of Play Equipment
  • Full driving licence and access to a car insured for business use
  • GCSE level qualifications
If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus
  • Experience of carrying out minor repairs and maintenance on mechanical equipment
  • Experience of managing contractors
  • First Aid certificate
  • Experience of using map based software for use in grounds maintenance contracts
About us:

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are forward-thinking local authorities, based in one of the most attractive areas of the country. They are looking for a professional, competent and enthusiastic person who can communicate well at all levels. An excellent benefits package is on offer including annualised hours (flexible working) and a career average pension scheme.

The benefits we offer
  • A basic 24 days annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years. You also have all the bank holidays to look forward to and time off between Christmas and New Year.
  • Flexible working and annualised hours – a flexible approach to work that our employees love!
  • Salary pay awards – most jobs give scope for a pay increase after six months or the following April (depending on your start date) and we also review salaries each April.
  • A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary
  • No car park costs as there’s ample free parking
  • The opportunity to purchase a bike through Cyclescheme (cheaper than directly through a store) so that you can cycle to work!
  • A salary sacrifice car lease scheme – a fully inclusive driving package for a fixed monthly cost
  • Various schemes to keep you healthy (reduced gym membership, free swims, workplace exercise classes, contributory medical schemes, wellbeing appointments, free eye tests for DSE users and more)
  • We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.

Location
: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Salary: £26,897 - £31,471 per year, Grade 4
Type: Permanent
Hours: 37 per week

Closing Date for applications: 1st October 2021

You may have experience of the following: Parks Officer, Landscaper, Garden Designer, Agricultural, Arboriculture Officer, Park Manager, Conservation Assistant, Tree Surgeon, Botanical Surveyor, etc.

Ref: 102 640