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Groundskeeper

Description

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We are looking for a dedicated, reliable Groundskeeper to maintain our outdoor spaces. The Groundskeeper will be responsible for all general maintenance tasks related to the garden including planting new trees, servicing garden machinery, conducting regular pruning and advising management of cost-effective methods. The ideal candidate will have a green thumb and will be passionate about plants and outdoor work. You will be physically fit and able to manage heavy loads. You will know how to use a range of equipment and machinery safely. The Groundskeeper will report directly to the Facilities Manager and will work harmoniously with other staff to ensure that our grounds are always at their best.

Responsibilities

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  • Maintain and grow the garden to ensure it meets specific requirements and expectations.
  • Perform basic maintenance such as cutting the grass, emptying bins, managing weed control and leaf raking.
  • Plant and nurture new trees, flowers, and various plants.
  • Work with hand tools and basic light machinery such as plant vehicles, and small diggers.
  • Service all garden equipment and machinery.
  • Maintain a clean garden by clearing rubbish and litter from the garden and grounds.
  • Provide guidance to management on matters related to the garden.
  • Advise management on the costs of plants and garden necessities with detailed written quotations and reports.
  • Ensure a safe environment for staff and clients by adhering to safety and health regulations.
  • Water, weed, trim, renovate and fertilize plants, shrubs and trees.

Requirements

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  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Proven experience in a groundskeeping role.
  • Ability to handle a range of horticultural machinery and powered hand tools.
  • In-depth knowledge of plants and gardening techniques.
  • Friendly personality with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Solid understanding of health and safety rules and legislation.
  • Certification in horticulture or landscape design is a plus.
  • Physical stamina and dexterity.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects.

Potential interview questions

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  • What experience do you have with horticultural machinery and powered hand tools?
  • Can you describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation at work and how you handled it?
  • What is your approach to safety in a groundskeeping role?
  • How do you handle physically demanding tasks?
  • What is your experience with plant care and maintenance?