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Mary Hare School, Arlington Manor, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, Berkshire     Start Date: 03 Apr 2023 - Full Time     NJC 7 £22,369 - NJC 9 £23,194 gross per annum

Job Description


About Us:

Mary Hare educates 240 profoundly deaf children at its residential school in Berkshire, and we pride ourselves on our pupils’ achievements at GCSE, A Level as well as B Tech and Vocational Courses. We offer the opportunity to teach highly motivated children, in small classes, where you can make a real difference at this national centre of excellence for deaf education. No knowledge of sign language is required, as we follow an auditory/oral philosophy.

The Role:

If you have a keen interest in all aspects of horticulture and/or arboriculture and you are looking to develop your skills, we would love to hear from you.

Were currently looking for 2 Grounds Maintenance Operatives, ideally with a specialisation in either?Horticulture or Arboriculture

Mary Hare occupies 124 acres near Snelsmore Common comprising extensive grounds including substantial woodlands including Arlington Manor, secondary school, primary school, numerous residential buildings, arts centre, swimming pool and outbuildings. In association with the Operations Supervisor and the other members of the estates and grounds team, you will be responsible for the general maintenance and development of the parkland, woodland, and decorative planted areas around the campus of Mary Hare School and associated buildings, with a particular emphasis on horticulture/arboriculture. You will help maintain and creating an estate that is stimulating, enjoyable, safe, and secure for the members of our school, as an educational resource, and for sports and leisure use.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

A wide variety of tasks will be required to be delivered in your core skills and associated areas; they will vary widely on a daily basis and from area to area depending on the season and need, and will be allocated by the Operations Supervisor on a routine basis, under strategic direction set by the Head of Operations. Typically tasks may include:

- Carrying out a varied range of estates duties, with a minimum amount of supervision and on own initiative.
- Providing specialist advice in horticulture/arboriculture to help develop the estate and define and set the strategic direction.
- Setting of maintenance, conservation and development goals for horticultural/arboricultural interests of the estate.
- By your own expertise and in conjunction with colleagues, carrying out appropriate soil husbandry and enhancement on the estate, including where necessary watering, weeding, litter and debris clearing, bed preparation, seed sowing, and planting appropriate to the current and projected land use.
- Undertaking appropriate lawn maintenance and cultivation (in the areas adjacent to the boarding houses and on the playing fields).
- Where appropriate using vehicles in discharge of duties, eg pickups, ride-on mowers and tractors.
- Using a range of horticultural and arboricultural machinery and hand tools, eg chain saws, lawn mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters.
- Ensuring that all tools, garden equipment and machinery are correctly maintained and serviced and that they are kept in good and safe working order.
- Assisting with the construction of raised beds and other external and internal projects.
- Maintaining an awareness of, and discharging, Health and Safety regulations pertaining to horticulture and arboriculture, ensuring a safe working environment for everyone working in or using the gardens.
- Keeping the company vehicles, machinery, and tool sheds clean and tidy and tools stored securely at all times.
- Wherever possible using natural methods for plant protection and pest control, avoiding application of chemicals and pesticides.
- Undertaking snow and ice clearing duties, including gritting and use of powered snow clearing appliances.
- Playing a full role in the team by assisting in other estates and maintenance team tasks as directed by the Operations Supervisor.
- Assisting in delivery of vocational training where requested and by agreement.
- Specialist training will be provided as required.

This role requires the holder to be physically fit and able to carry out tasks appropriate to the role.


Person Specification:

Essential Qualifications
• General Certificate of Secondary Education or equivalent (including English and Maths)
• Horticulture/Arboriculture qualifications at Level 2, or equivalent experience
• Clean Driving Licence Cat B

Desirable Qualifications
• Horticulture/Arboriculture Level 3 or higher qualifications, or equivalent experience.
• First Aid qualification.
Knowledge and Experience
• Practical knowledge and experience of maintaining gardens, grounds or estates
• Ability to use a wide range of Horticultural/Arboricultural machinery and powered hand tools
• Knowledge and experience of relevant health and safety legislation and guidance
• Experience of identifying pests and diseases

• Awareness of Safeguarding requirements and good practice within an education setting
• Experience of Horticulture/Arboriculture planning.
• Experience of setting of biodiversity and sustainability targets, and knowledge and application of organic gardening methods and techniques

As well as an inclusive and supportive work environment, and a stunning location benefits also include:

Generous defined contribution pensions scheme
Subsidised canteen
Free on-site parking
Free use of school swimming facilities
Discounted tickets for shows at the Arlington Arts centre
24/7 Employee Assistance Program for employee's and household members
Employee Cash Referral Program??
Could this be you?

?If you think so, then we’d encourage you to find out more so we can show you how wonderful and unique our school and businesses are and how you could contribute to our continued success.

How to Apply


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Please note that Mary Hare adheres to Safer Recruitment Standards and as such all applications must be made via the Mary Hare website and using the Mary Hare Application Form.

Applications will only be considered via a completed Application Form; CV’s cannot be accepted.

Mary Hare | Arlington Manor | Snelsmore Common | Newbury | Berkshire | RG14 3BQ

This School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a criminal records self-disclosure form and successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks. We are committed to securing genuine equality of opportunity in all aspects of our activities as an employer and education provider. The role you are applying for is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

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