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Logo: Southampton City CouncilSouthampton City Council
Grounds Operative - Ecology

Closing date     26/02/2019 23:59:00
Job Type          Permanent
Job Hours         Full-time
Industry            Other
Location           Southampton
Salary               £20,088 - £23,111 per year +


Job Description


We have an exciting opportunity for a practical conservationist to join the Environment and Ecology Team which is responsible for managing the cityís natural green spaces and encouraging people to visit and enjoy the outdoors.


You will be responsible for:

  • The care and management of habitats within parks and natural green spaces to make them better places for people and wildlife,
  • Bringing extra resources into the parks by working in partnership with external organisations and volunteer groups to deliver green space improvements through actively participating in community clean-ups, volunteer task days, and corporate work days.
  • Assisting the Team Leader in running events and activities aimed at promoting and encouraging greater use of the parks including walks and talks and education work with schools and colleges
  • Routinely monitoring the condition and safety of natural green spaces and habitat areas, including paths, boardwalks, bridges, signs and access points, and carry out remedial works as directed by the Team Leader.
  • Working as part of the City Services Team to implement the Common Management Plan and conserve the wildlife value of the cityís greenways and natural green spaces.


To be successful in the role you will hold a relevant environmental qualification to a minimum of City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment or above, or equivalent experience, and relevant Certificates and/or proofs of technical competence. 


You will also require excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and be a good team player able to work effectively with other staff, contractors and members of the public.  You should have sound ecological knowledge, be competent in the use of appropriate hand tools and machinery and have experience of working with a range of volunteers and groups to enhance natural green spaces.


Working for Southampton City Council will have its rewards, we are part of the Hampshire pension scheme and the post will come with a minimum of 24 days annual leave dependant on your continued service in Local Government. There are lots of other employee benefits open to SCC employees, from childcare vouchers and discounted travel, to money off at selected restaurants, shops and salons.


You will be based at the Holly Lodge Depot on Southampton Common, just off Hill Lane, which has excellent transport links to all of the surrounding area of Hampshire and beyond. Vehicles are provided for working around the city.


The Environment and Ecology Team is responsible for promoting the enjoyment and understanding of Southamptonís open spaces and encouraging the community to use and enjoy the parks and their wildlife.  It undertakes conservation management works on natural green spaces across the city and also provides a programme of informal education including walks and talks and conservation tasks for members of the public.


If you feel you have the necessary background, experience and skills to undertake this role we would like to hear from you.


If you would like an informal chat about the job and what Southampton City Council can offer then please contact Lindsay McCulloch on 023 8083 2727


This post requires a Standard DBS check.


This is a Full Time post working 37 hours per week.


Please note the salary quoted is based on full time hours (37 hours).


It is usual for successful candidates to start at the bottom of the pay grade.


The supporting statement section of the application form must be completed detailing how you meet the essential, and if applicable the desirable criteria for the role. A CV on its own will not be considered.


To be considered for this post please submit an online application through our website or to apply now click here




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