Groundworker

Gardener / Groundworker To undertake the full range of craft skilled gardening duties, including mowing, strimming, shrub maintenance and hedge cutting to high quality workmanship. This will involve competence and experience with the use of current modern hand power tools and plant. The work would normally be carried out within agreed timescale and without supervision. To take responsibility for meeting operational targets, and also for human resources, plant, machinery, fuels and facilities, including the preparation of basic routine documentation. To be responsible for the application of chemicals under control in line with the current legislation. To have regard to the solemn and emotive issues of burial and the degree of distress likely to affect decisions made. To be prepared to encounter and handle coffined remains for burial. To be able to act firmly and quickly as situations demand, in order to minimize potential distress to mourners. To plan and prepare for the burial process taking into consideration coffin and grave dimensions, soil type, grave density, excavation methods, soil management, shoring, seasonal effects, ceremonial and religious requirements and health and safety requirements. To operate a mechanical excavator in a graveyard setting in a safe yet dignified manner. To undertake daily maintenance of excavator. Manual digging may also be necessary. To use soil management techniques to minimize disruption to grave and to maintain the dignified appearance of a cemetery. To undertake shoring if an excavated grave using appropriate methods and to construct a suitably safe access platform surrounding a grave. To participate in the exhumation of remains, as necessary. To maintain graveside landscape and horticulture according to cemetery policy and agreed family wishes.

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