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Job opportunity – Estate Supervisor

The Anglican Chapel at Arnos Vale

A rare opportunity has arisen for an Estate Supervisor to join our team and help contribute to the ongoing development of the landscape and buildings at Arnos Vale and help manage our amazing team of landscape volunteers.

Arnos Vale Cemetery is an award-winning heritage site in Bristol; a valuable community, education and environmental resource alongside being an active cemetery.

We are looking for someone with strong practical landscape management / habitat conservation skills, to supervise regular volunteer sessions and help to maintain the 45 acre site. This is a varied and demanding role, and will suit someone who can work independently and as part of a wider team, who is passionate about the historic landscape of Arnos Vale and can engage with the landscape volunteers to help deliver the landscape management plan.

You will be working 37.5 hours per week Tuesday to Saturday, although this may vary due to operational needs.There will also be occasional Sunday working on a rota basis with other staff, and some evenings for events etc, for which time will be given off in lieu. The post holder may be required to attend the occasional incident out of hours and will be a named key holder.

The salary will be in the region of £19,000.

For the Person Specification CLICK HERE

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to our Estate Manager, Nick Bull:

Closing date for applications: Monday 13th February


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To assist in the delivery of the Landscape Management Plan for the site, including extensive woodland management and chainsaw work, maintenance of the memorial gardens, shrubberies, flower beds, hedges (use of hedge-trimmer), grassland (use of strimmers / brushcutters), building and maintaining paths, steps, open ground and site boundary maintenance in line with the Trusts vision and policies for the site.
  • To supervise groups of volunteers and individuals of varying capabilities and vulnerabilities in carrying out regular and seasonal landscape management duties, firewood processing and occasional small construction projects.
  • Recruit, induct and supervise volunteers to carry out the regular contracted maintenance of a large number of specific graves, and to manage these contracts.
  • To drive a van to move materials and volunteers around the site, and occasionally collect goods / materials from off-site as required. Carry out basic checks and maintenance on the van to ensure it meets operational standards.
  • To assist with all Cemetery-related duties, including maintenance of an area of woodland designated for natural woodland burials, carrying out surveys of existing graves before burials, preparing graves / cremation plots for the interment of cremated remains, installing memorial plaques, helping customers find graves as part of the grave search service, and assisting contracted grave diggers and stone masons to find graves.
  • To ensure that the tools, plant, equipment and machinery for the grounds work are maintained and stored appropriately to meet operational and health and safety requirements.
  • Carry out regular health and safety checks of the buildings and grounds and risk assessments for work or activities in accordance with the AVCT Health and Safety Policy. (Training will be given where required.)
  • To assist with checking the whole site to keep it in good, clean working order. (emptying and putting out rubbish bins, clearing away litter and fly-tipping, managing the grounds storage, burning and composting of green waste, cleaning graffiti, and reporting any issues)
  • To respond efficiently to the need for basic general maintenance and cleanliness throughout the Cemetery including its buildings and help deliver the building maintenance plan.(checking mechanical systems, clearing gutters, painting, decorating, replacing light bulbs, DIY, operation of security, mechanical, fire systems, CCTV, supervision of contractors carrying out specialist work, etc)
  • To assist in handling enquiries and assist in handling inappropriate behaviour from volunteers and the public, taking full account of the sensitivity of the services, and ensuring that the Trusts Customer Care and Complaints
    Policies are implemented.
  • To share responsibilities for opening and closing the Cemetery site to the public for every day it is open. To assist with the set up, clear away and cleaning of rooms for events and private hire.
  • To train and hold any certificates and licenses in relation to your duties and responsibilities as required by the Trust. (Training will be provided.)
  • Comply with and carry out all duties in accordance with the Health and Safety Policy for the site and buildings and report any non-compliance immediately to the Estates Manager.

General Accountabilities:

  • This job description only contains the principle accountabilities relating to this post, and does not describe in detail all the duties required to be carried out.
  • Duties must be carried out in line with the commitment of the AVCT to encourage equal opportunities and environmental sustainability.
  • Ensure that the output and quality of work is of a high standard and meets current “best practice” standards of the sector.
  • Work in a way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the quality of the service being delivered, and which is in-line with the environmental and community-orientated ethos of AVCT.
  • To be willing to work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Abide by current Health and Safety regulations and work in a way that is consistent with AVCT’s health and safety policy and procedures to meet current legislation, regulations, codes of conduct, procedures and policies of the AVCT.
  • Be aware of and follow the requirements laid down by the relevant inspection and statutory bodies.
  • All employees have a responsibility for their own safety and must not endanger the safety of colleagues / visitors in the workplace. They must ensure that safe working practices are adopted and a safe working environment maintained in the work areas they are responsible for.
  • To attend staff meetings as required, negotiate and work towards targets and deadlines agreed with the Line Manager.
  • To participate in staff supervision sessions and employee development reviews as required.
  • To undertake such other tasks as may reasonably be required commensurate with the grading and nature of the post.

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