• Reference: CP1007
  • Division: Major Projects and Commercial
  • Salary: £24,513.00 - £27,055.00 per annum
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Posted on: 06 March 2023
  • Interview date:
  • Extra payment(s): Weekend working 14%
  • Positions: 1
  • Category: Community and streets
  • Grade: D - E
  • Working hours: 37 per week
  • Closing date: 31 March 2023
  • Location: Crawley
  • Location type: Onsite
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About the role

We currently operate two cemeteries and 20 allotment sites. Little Trees Cemetery on the southern boundary of the town, near Pease Pottage and Snell Hatch Cemetery with allotment sites throughout the town. 

As Cemeteries and Allotments Assistant your main focus will be to support our Allotments Officer in the upkeep and maintenance of our 20 allotment sites. In addition you will be working as part of a small team responsible for the day to day operation of both cemetery sites. 

Duties at the allotment sites will include:

  • Strimming
  • Grass cutting 
  • Clearance of plots

Duties at the cemeteries will include:

  • Marking out 
  • Digging 
  • Preparing and back-filling graves
  • Maintaining the high-quality landscaped grounds.

You should have proven experience of using plant machinery, hedge cutters, strimmer and ride on mowers along with a current UK driving licence (category B).

In addition to the use of both hand and power tools, the role does require the use of a small 360 degree digger and a small dumper, both of which the successful candidate will need to be experienced or certificated to operate, or have a willingness to train and pass a certification within 6 months of the agreed start date. 

You will need to have very good verbal communication skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence and empathy in order to deal with customers and public appropriately. 

In return we offer the exciting opportunity to be a part of a dedicated team providing excellent cemetery and allotment provision, flexible working hours, excellent working conditions and pension scheme.

Additional information

Required to participate as part of a standby rota for Saturday burials. 

A full and current UK driving licence will be a requirement of the role.

Employee benefits

We offer a generous employee benefits package, with a range of discounts, benefits and wellbeing incentives to suit everyone.

Our way of working

Our shared values and behaviours reflect the special nature of our council. We encourage all colleagues to put them into practice, whatever job they do. Take a look to see if we are the perfect match.

Safer recruitment

Crawley Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

How to apply

Click the Apply button to complete your application online. Please ensure that the reference details you supply are for your current or most recent employer and that any gaps in employment are covered on your application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a fully completed application form.

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, email rob.channon@crawley.gov.uk, Facilities Manager.

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