Junior Parks Officer

Do you want to work for an organisation whose aim is to enrich lives and strengthen communities? Enable Leisure and Culture is recruiting for a Junior Parks Officer to support our Parks Team

Location: Wasndsworth Common
Contract Type:
Full Time, Permanent
Salary: 
£21,870
Closing date: 31 October 2021

Ref: PA012

An amazing opportunity has arisen for a Junior Parks Officer to work in our expanding and enthusiastic team.

We are looking for a passionate, dynamic and organised individual, to work across the London Borough of Wandsworth to monitor the grounds maintenance of our parks, commons and open spaces.

We are looking for an individual who has a sound understanding of Parks and open spaces and what it takes to manage them effectively.  You will ideally have some experience in horticulture, landscaping or working with grounds maintenance contractors.  As this is a junior role your desire to learn in this sector will be crucial to your success. We would welcome applications from those who may bring skills from other sectors but has a determination to contribute to the long term protection and improvement of greenspaces.

Based at the Parks Office, Wandsworth Common, your duties will involve the day-to-day management of our horticultural grounds maintenance contractor to ensure the high-quality management of horticultural, sports, and ecological sites within the boroughs 32 parks and open spaces.

Enable Leisure and Culture are responsible for the management of parks and green spaces on behalf of Wandsworth Council.  From the iconic Battersea Park, historically important local parks such as King George’s and Wandsworth Park and habitat rich open spaces such as Wandsworth and Tooting Commons, there is variety and wealth of green space that rivals any borough within Greater London.

Why should you join Enable Leisure and Culture?

  • 25 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • On-site shower facilities* certain places
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.  In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

Diversity is valued at Enable Leisure and Culture and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at hr@enablelc.org.

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  • Working in partnership with Officers and colleagues to ensure the implementation of horticultural, sports and biodiversity improvements as part of the wider standard horticultural maintenance operations.
  • Carry out daily inspections (in the field) of contractors’ routine and non-routine work.  Ensure compliance with the contract specification and ad-hoc works.
  • Responsible for recording all relevant information from site visits and inspections, contractual documentation and issuing of notices in respect of performance failures and reporting these to the Senior Contract Officer.
  • Liaise with the contractor and Client Officers as required, attending meetings and producing reports related to any specified works.
  • Identify areas where damage may have occurred and provide recommendations for remedial works, as well as providing improvement proposals in general which are in line with the overall objectives of the Parks service.
  • Work with key volunteer groups to deliver public involvement and community engagement within our open spaces.
  • Assist colleagues with providing technical grounds maintenance advice to colleagues during the production of project briefs.
  • Respond to requests for information on grounds maintenance from other services, stakeholders and partner organisations and from members of the public.
  • Responsible for assisting with the performance monitoring of the grounds maintenance contractor.
  • Ensuring compliance of contractors and other agencies working within the contract area to relevant health and safety guidance. Being aware of and continually developing knowledge of current legislation.
  • Excellent communication skills, including a demonstrable ability to analyse technical information and re-present it (written and verbal) to a varied non-specialist audience such as other land managers, friends’ groups, and site visitors. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build working relationships with a diverse range of partners including managing staff and volunteers delivering practical land management and / or biological recording 
  • The ability to work independently using your own initiative and prioritise effectively whilst at the same time working collaboratively as part of a team on common goals and shared projects to ensure the work programme is delivered effectively. 
  • Be able to travel efficiently around Wandsworth daily and able to work occasional additional early morning, evenings and weekends as operational requirements dictate, for which time off in lieu will be given. 
  • 25 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • On-site shower facilities
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour
  • And more!

Please read the job description and then apply online. If you have any problems with the online service please email jobs@enablelc.org. 

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