Certificated Gardener, City Parks & Gardens

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Job Location: South West Coast VIC
Employer: City of Greater Geelong
$60,909 – $64,690 pa (plus super)

About us
We are committed to working together for a thriving community. We do this by delivering over 130 services to our rapidly growing population and working hard to protect and improve what it is that makes Greater Geelong such a great place to live.  

We’re going through an exciting period of change that will help us serve our community better. From digital modernisation to the contemporary office we’re building in Central Geelong, now more than ever is a great time to join our diverse and inclusive team.

About the Role 
The Parks & Gardens Department is responsible for the effective and sustainable management of Council’s open and outdoor spaces including community parks, reserve assets, streetscapes and recreational spaces.

Our Certificated Gardeners are key members of the Parks team, responsible for carrying out several allocated tasks and activities to ensure Council’s parks and open spaces are presented to the highest quality.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Role model and promote Council values in all aspects of duty.
  • Follow all reasonable directions given by the Team Leader and other more senior staff in accordance with operational requirements which may include, but is not limited to, weeding, mowing, propagation, spraying of appropriate insecticides, herbicides and fungicides to a regular or modified program as required.
  • Undertake tasks including site preparation, planting, maintenance, and liaising with community groups and the public.  
  • Operate and maintain plant and equipment, which may include, but is not limited to, sprayers, hand/small ride on mowers, small tractors and related machinery, in an effective and efficient manner and in compliance with relevant laws/regulations, codes of practice and applicable directives.
  • Work within all Council health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Displaying a positive personal contribution in assisting the City Parks and Gardens Unit in providing a customer focused service and commercially driven operation.
  • Effective and efficient recording of maintenance works undertaken, time sheets and plant sheets or recorded on Councils Management Maintenance system.
  • Undertaking additional duties to assist team members in completing projects consistent with Award and job requirements

About you
To be successful in this role:

  • A trade recognised Certificate III in horticulture or Certificate III in Parks & Gardens or equivalent, and/or extensive experience in a range of horticultural activities.
  • Some years’ experience in a range of horticultural activities preferably in a maintenance role.
  • Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
  • Good knowledge of a range of plant material including their growing conditions and maintenance requirements and ability to further develop knowledge through research and practical observation.
  • Extensive experience in the broad range of horticultural maintenance activities performed in the Parks environment.
  • Ability to manage time and meet priorities established for allocated work.
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Experience in operating a range of Park’s Maintenance plant and equipment.
  • A current Medium truck licence.(highly desirable)
  • Current Working with Children check.
  • Current Vaccination records

As a member of our team, you’ll enjoy the benefits of:

  • flexible work arrangements
  • paid parental leave (14 weeks)
  • a healthy and safe environment
  • our employee wellbeing program
  • discounted memberships at Swim Sport and Leisure facilities
  • career development opportunities.

Applications and Enquiries
Click the Position Description link to view more information about this position. Applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria as listed in the position description in a separate document and upload as part of their application.

Applications close 11:55pm Tuesday 23 November 2021.

Enquires: Peter Arundell– Maintenance Officer Parks| 5272 4549 | [email protected]

Position Description

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City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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