Parks Assistant
South Taranaki
Hawera, New Zealand
1d ago

South Taranaki District Council is looking for a Parks Assistant to be part of an energetic team that works in more than a hundred public parks, playgrounds and gardens across our district.

This is an entry level, hands on role, working within the Horticultural Services team maintaining our parks and reserves across the district.

So, if you are keen on developing a career in the industry, this may be the role for you. We are looking for someone who has an exceptional level of stamina and physical fitness, an interest in all aspects of gardening, can display self-motivation and take pride in their work.

A Driver's License is essential with the ability to use a manual vehicle.

The typical work environment means you will work outdoors undertaking weeding, pruning, tree and shrub care, applying fertilisers and insecticides, removing and planting of annual borders, planting of trees and shrub, preparation and digging over of garden beds, helping with the set up and construction of landscape projects, mowing, line trimming and hedge cutting etc.

You will be expected to use small plant machinery such as small tractors, mowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws etc. Training on the use of machinery and the spraying of herbicides / pesticides will be given.

Knowledge of plants, trees, shrubbery and lawn care are essential as are problem-solving skills.

As you will be working outdoors, you will frequently work in dirty, wet, cold, hot or dusty conditions depending upon the season and weather.

Protective clothing and equipment is frequently used.

This is a physically demanding role (medium to heavy demand level) and you will need to be capable of :

  • Lifting and carrying of medium to heavy loads
  • Standing, walking, Squatting, crouching, bending or kneeling
  • Stretching up and twisting the body or neck
  • Making repetitive movements on an occasional to constant basis
  • Driving on a daily basis and moving from one area or property to another
  • This role also holds a reactive element so duties during the day may change. Some tasks may be constant on a seasonal or rotational basis but only occur periodically.

    The South Taranaki District Council offers a proven "Best Place to Work" environment and the chance to join an energetic, progressive organisation.

    We employ people with a 'Can Do' attitude who want to work for a united organisation with a strong sense of family that is proud to serve its communities.

    If this role appeals to you, head over to our website where you can access the background information and job description for the role.

    If submitting an application, please ensure you provide a covering letter outlining your skills and experience for the role along with your most current CV.

    In terms of residence class visa applications, first priority will be given where the applicant is in New Zealand.

    Applications close on Wednesday, 16 June 2021

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