Recruiting for : Practical outdoor all-rounder

About the post

Sheldon is growing and the Community is looking to recruit a skilled, practical all-rounder to work 1 day/week. The role involves working alongside fellow members of the Estate Team and taking responsibility for some areas of routine maintenance.

. The well-kept building and grounds are a vital part of the safe and caring environment we offer our guests.  

The post holder will be line managed by Carl Lee. We anticipate that after induction and training the role will divide into the following categories:

  1. The primary tasks centre around grounds maintenance of the 45 acre site.
    • working alone or with other colleagues doing grass mowing, strimming, hedge cutting and larger gardening tasks to keep the grounds safe and enjoyable for guests 
  2. Depending on season and workload, there may also be other areas of specific responsibility pro-actively planning your own work within an agreed standards framework and understanding the constraints of guest occupancy. This would include items such as
    • seasonal work like leaf clearing, care of gutters
    • care of hard paths using brush, blower, pressure washer as appropriate
    • ongoing redecoration of external woodwork
    • care of gates around the gardens and 45 acre estate including easing, adjusting, replacing catches and hinges
    • running repairs to trellis, post-and-rail and pig netting fencing around the gardens and estate
    • maintenance of white lines on steps, handrails and other safety features
    • care of wooden garden furniture (tables, benches, picnic benches)
  3. Attending to other minor repairs, external decorations etc as notfied by others on a running list basis.

The successful applicant is likely to have most or all of these skills and aptitudes

  • Working mechanical knowledge to operate self-propelled mower, compact tractor, strimmer and ride-on mower
  • Mature experience across a range of DIY-type practical skills, including use and care of hand tools
  • Takes a pride in working productively and to a high standard 
  • Physical fitness and willingness to work outdoors in all seasons and most weathers
  • Self-motivated, works well within a small team and also happy to work alone
  • Able to plan and organise work within the framework of given priorities and report back accurately to line manager
  • Basic computer skills required (email correspondence, list making, record keeping - using Word and Outlook)
  • Maintaining a professional approach to safe working practices and maintaining a safe environment for guests
  • A friendly manner with a clear respect for interpersonal boundaries and understanding of confidentiality and discretion

Job details

  • The working day starts at 9am
  • The regular day is Friday, with overtime by mutual arrangement
  • During the training period some Saturdays will be required
  • Rate of pay negotiable
  • Three month probationary period with a view to a fixed term contract


All applications must be made on this application form

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Application deadline 25th January 2019