Ground Keeper

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 05-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: NZ/GKCDHB
  • Job Title: Ground Keeper
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  • Summary:
  • Permanent, full-time Grounds Keeper role (40 hours per week), Monday to Friday, day hours
  • Opportunity to create a therapeutic environment for patients and staff on a large and recently redeveloped site
  • Burwood Hospital location

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people who live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Burwood Hospital have a well-established Maintenance and Engineering team that maintain the extensive grounds and facilities at our Burwood and Mairehau site.

We are responsible for the day to day operation and upkeep of all the hospital building and grounds, as well as responding and resolving problems as they arise. We also engage specialist contractors to undertake some tasks alongside our own planned maintenance schedule.

The Role: Where you fit in

This is a full-time permanent position working 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday, based at Burwood Hospital site.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Your role will be to ensure that the lawns, grounds, plants, paths and roadways are maintained in a tidy, safe and healthy state providing a therapeutic environment for patients and staff
  • Providing advice on low-maintenance planting options on areas earmarked for redevelopment and to further enhance our hospital environment
  • Nominating and liaising with contractors covering activities not undertaken in-house, such as tree felling and carpark maintenance
  • Developing, with Management, long-term strategies for the upkeep of our grounds and gardens in accordance with our primary objectives

Your skills will include the following:

  • Experience working in a similar environment and hold a trade certificate/horticultural qualifications. You’ll ideally have managed commercial lawns and grounds previously
  • Excellent communication and time management skills and have the ability to identify maintenance requirements through casual observation
  • Experience using power tools such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, weed eaters and hedge trimmers as well as a National Certificate in Horticulture, Level 4 and GrowSafe Standard Agrichemicals Certificate or equivalent would be a distinct advantage but not essential
  • Confidence in generating recommendations and investigating solutions that will be of real value to the Burwood Hospital environment

Patients, visitors and staff spend a lot of time in our grounds so if you are passionate about gardening and maintaining well-presented grounds then we want to hear from you!

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata
Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply now! Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

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