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Countryside Litter and Maintenance Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 05 June 2024
Salary: £18.19 to £18.19 per hour
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 19 June 2024
Location: Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7BQ
Remote working: On-site only
Company: Surrey County Council
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: SCC/TP/287916/1150_1717595411


The starting rate for this position is £15.82 per hour plus £2.37 per hour annual leave allowance (£18.19 per hour total). This is pro-rata to £29,697 per annum full-time equivalent.

This is a 'bank' position, payable by the hour for approximately 14.40 to 21.60 hours per week based at Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ.

Are you passionate about countryside management and looking for an opportunity to build on your career? Do you want to be part of a team who work towards making Surrey a greener place, protecting and enhancing our valuable natural assets?

We are excited to be hiring a new Countryside Litter and Maintenance Assistant to join our fantastic Countryside Estate Operations team!

Rewards and benefits

  • Annual leave allowance
  • An extensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support health and wellbeing
  • A generous local government salary related pension
  • Lifestyle discounts including gym, travel, shopping and many more
  • 2 paid volunteering days plus 1 team volunteering day per year
  • Learning and development hub where you can access a wealth of resources

About the team

The Countryside Estate Operations team sits within the Environment, Infrastructure & Growth directorate at Surrey County Council and we are now looking for a reliable and enthusiastic person to join us.

The Environment, Transport and Growth directorate is responsible for a wide range of services including highways, transport, planning, countryside and waste management. These services are critical for people living, working and travelling through Surrey, delivered by the County Council or in partnership.

The Countryside Estate Operations Team work alongside various other teams and countryside partnerships. We deal with countryside issues which can, at times, be controversial and generate great public interest, therefore requiring sensitive and balanced management when dealing with partners and members of the public.

About the role

The role involves travelling to our different countryside sites spread across Surrey and undertaking practical maintenance work, particularly in and around the rural car parks. Grass cutting, litter clearance, pot-hole filling, mending signs and talking to members of the public will all be in a day's work. The role will also involve emptying bins, picking litter and the collection of dumped waste material. You will undertake practical maintenance tasks to maintain, protect and improve the council's countryside estate.

The work will be varied and include a broad range of practical countryside, estate and landscape maintenance tasks. This will often involve working on your own, so you should be able to work reliably and conscientiously to complete tasks as instructed, to a high standard. In addition, you will ensure effective records are kept and relevant health and safety arrangements are complied with, in order that the County Council's statutory obligations are met.

Please note, some weekend and bank holiday working will be required.

Shortlisting criteria

We're looking for someone who is able to demonstrate understanding and experience of relevant practical skills. You'll need to be reliable, able to work unsupervised and an enthusiastic self-starter!

To be considered for interview, your CV and personal statement will need to evidence the following:

  • Skills and experience to undertake practical countryside maintenance tasks
  • Ability to drive or otherwise visit inaccessible locations, sometimes at short notice
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather and sometimes in difficult terrain
  • Able to work some weekends and evenings

Contact us

Please contact us for any questions relating to the role. This could be to discuss flexible working requests, transferable skills or any barriers to employment.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23/06/2024 with interviews to follow.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Our commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.