Grounds Maintenance Operative

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JUL20211723

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Part Time, Permanent


£19 - £19 Per Annum

Closing date

1 August 2021

Hours: Part Time 6 hours per week (to be worked on Saturdays)


The Service – Parks and open spaces – Culture Leisure and Regulatory Services

Portsmouth’s parks and open spaces are of a consistent high standard, fit for purpose, and they need to be maintained to meet the needs of Portsmouth’s residents and visitors. The services main priority is to maintain a high standard across all parks and open spaces which covers 760 hectares of publicly accessible green space in Portsmouth consisting of parks and open spaces, allotments, cemeteries, golf course and semi-natural open space, with assorted sports and play facilities within.

What is the role

As part of the Grounds Maintenance operations team you will carry out the necessary works to maintain all aviaries, animal enclosures and ponds to ensure the health and security of all birds, animals and fish held within Victoria Park and College Park enclosures.

You will be responsible for carrying out a range of duties which will include;

  • Tend to livestock daily for the feeding, watering and cleaning of the quarters.
  • Visual inspection to livestock daily for any signs of ill health or injury
  • Regular inspections of all structures, nesting boxes, shelters and sleeping quarters.
  • Replenishing straw, wood shavings and hay as required.
  • Identify fresh food requirements for livestock and order with supplier.
  • Regular reporting of livestock headcount
  • Regular cleaning of hutches and housing.
  • Cleaning of walls, fittings and perches to remove droppings and soilings and the areas washed using a diluted disinfectant
  • Emptying, cleaning and refilling of duck ponds
  • Maintain bark and shingle areas
  • Consultation with veterinary practice on livestock health
  • Administer medicines to sick animals and undertake basic health care
  • Maintain vaccination and other records for livestock
  • Transportation of livestock to / from veterinary practice for treatment
  • Driving of a commercial vehicle
  • Liaise with management team as and when required

Who is the person

You need to:

  • The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate a practical knowledge in the care and welfare of commercial animals
  • Experienced in animal husbandry and hold NVQ Level 2 in Animal Management or equivalent
  • Be self-motivated and able to work under supervisory instruction, following set processes and procedures as well as the ability to work automatously when required
  • Be able to plan and manage your time effectively, deciding which tools and equipment are required for each task to ensure your duties are completed efficiently
  • Be able to perform duties according to the Council’s Policies and codes of behaviour
  • Have experience and be able to use tools and cleaning machinery such as pressure washers as required for the role
  • Be flexible to provide cover at weekends and out of normal working hours when required
  • Ideally have a clean full driving license.
  • To be proactive member of a team , positive and professional with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to report areas of concern or issues within the work place
  • Work in an effective and efficient way and suggest and implement improved ways of working wherever possible.
  • Be able to attend and work in any of the maintenance areas within the city.
  • Observe all Health and Safety rules and take reasonable care to promote the health and safety of themselves and others.
  • Full uniform will be provided


How to apply: Please see attached documents at the bottom of the Job page and ensure you fully read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. PLEASE DO NOT JUST SUBMIT A CV.


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