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Job title:                       Landscape Projects Assistant
Reports to:                      Landscape Projects Coordinator
Staff reporting to job holder:   None but job holder will be expected to supervise
                                 groups of individual and corporate volunteers,
                                 community and school groups, trainees and agency
                                 staff and oversee subcontractors and consultants


Purpose of job
Landscape Projects (3 days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
To assist with the coordination, delivery and maintenance of a programme of landscaping
works on Trees for Cities’ landscape projects (parks, housing estates and schools) across
London at the direction of the Landscape Projects Coordinator, comprising of planting and
soft landscaping and some basic hard landscaping.


King Edward Memorial Park (2 days a week – Monday and Friday)
To undertake and supervise a range of horticultural activities at the park under the Service
Level Agreement at the direction of the Landscape Operations Manager.


General
To supervise a team of NVQ Horticulture Trainees, including providing ‘on the job’ training.
To supervise groups of corporate and individual registered volunteers.

To jointly supervise, with members of the Youth, Community & Education team, community
participants and schools sessions participating on the landscape projects and at King
Edward Memorial Park.

Key accountabilities & responsibilities
Assist the Landscape Projects Coordinator with the coordination of a programme of works
on landscape projects, including undertaking site visits and basic site surveys, inputting into
planting plans, helping to plan and organise work timetables and logistics, sourcing and
ordering materials, handling and transporting stock to site, meeting deliveries on site,
preparing and transporting tools, materials and equipment to and from site, interpreting
landscape and planting plans on site, including marking out, CAT scanning areas to be
worked on and undertaking trial hole investigation work;

Undertake maintenance on designated landscape projects at the direction of the Landscape
Projects Coordinator, including undertaking regular weeding and watering of new planting
using a water bowser and notifying the Landscape Projects Coordinator of any dead,
diseased or damaged plants or other site issues, and advising on, and undertaking, gapping
up and re-mulching prior to handover;

Undertake horticultural activities at King Edward Memorial Park at the direction of the
Landscape Operations Manager, inputting into plans for restocking the borders and new
planting and undertaking the planting, taking responsibility for required pruning of existing
plant stock, including taking responsibility for the maintenance of the bowling green, and
other maintenance activities as required;

To supervise a team of NVQ Horticulture Trainees, including assisting the Landscape
Operations Manager in developing and updating a work programme for the trainees,
(Monday and Friday at King Edward Memorial Park and Tuesday Wednesday and
Thursdays on landscape projects at the direction of the Landscape Projects Coordinator),
being the trainees’ main point of contact for practical works, undertaking informal ‘on the
job’ training and assessment, liaising with the Landscape Operations Manager and
Landscape Projects Coordinator on trainees’ progress, attendance and any issues;

To supervise teams of corporate volunteers at weekday Corporate Challenge Days (usually
Fridays for landscape projects at the direction of the Landscape Projects Coordinator and
Mondays for King Edward Memorial Park at the direction of the Landscape Operations
Manager) and individual volunteers (usually on Saturday Community Planting Days at the
direction of the Landscape Projects Coordinator);

To work with members of the Youth, Community & Education team to jointly supervise
community participants and school groups during the week and to provide general
assistance on other Trees for Cities events at weekends (including regular planting days in
autumn and winter and non-planting events such as community fun days and the tree-
athlon) or evenings (occasional) as requested by your line manager. Time off in lieu will be
given for work outside of normal office hours. Projects staff are expected to work up to 12
weekend days per year including the possibility of one event outside of London.

Assist with the coordination of all health and safety aspects of landscaping works on
landscape projects at the direction of the Landscape Projects Coordinator and at King
Edward Memorial Park at the direction of the Landscape Operations Manager, including
preparing project site risk assessments; giving health and safety instruction and information;
ensuring all participants are competent for the relevant activities; monitoring health and
safety with regard to landscaping works and liaising with Landscape Projects Coordinator
and the Landscape Operations Manager on any issues arising and improving safe systems
of work;

Liaise with the Landscape Operations Manager on use of vehicles, tools and equipment,
and any required maintenance, including notification of losses and breakages and
undertaking regular of tools and equipment as directed by both the Landscape Projects
Coordinator and the Landscape Operations Manager;

Working with the Landscape Projects Coordinator to increase the efficiency and
effectiveness of working systems for landscape projects and with the Landscape
Operations Manager at King Edward Memorial Park;

To attend monthly supervision meetings with the Landscape Projects Coordinator to
discuss progress;

To prepare for and attend six-monthly Performance Appraisals with the Landscape Projects
Coordinator;

To attend regular Staff Meetings;

Knowledge & skills required
ESSENTIAL:

       passion for, and good knowledge of, planting and soft landscaping;
       excellent plant knowledge;
       ability to interpret landscape and planting plans;
       held similar position for at least two years with the ability to demonstrate a broad
       range of landscaping or horticultural experience, particularly planting;
       experience of team supervision and coordinating people and equipment safely and
       efficiently;
       working knowledge of Health and Safety at Work Act and relevant current HSE
       regulations and guidelines, especially with regard to landscaping,
       NPTC units PA1, PA6;
       good level of physical fitness;
       good problem solver with a flexible, ‘can-do’ approach;
       the ability to work effectively with people of all ages and abilities;
       good communications skills at all levels and to all sectors of the community;
       valid driving licence;
       willingness to develop skills within role and undertake training where necessary;
       insistence on high standards from self and others
       ability to work weekends and occasional evenings

DESIRABLE:

       a nationally recognised vocational qualification in landscaping or horticulture;
       A1 assessor qualification;
       NPTC units CS30, CS31, AO1, AO2, A06 and A012;
       Health and Safety Awareness and Risk Assessment certification;
       First Aid at Work certification or similar;
       experience of driving vans and towing trailers;
       basic hard landscaping skills;
       a good knowledge of the geography of London;
       IT literate (Word, Excel, Access, email, internet);
       knowledge of basic site survey work and basic evaluation of soils and other site
       conditions;
       experience of undertaking risk assessments;
       experience of working with people from a challenging client group;
       experience of maintaining machinery
       experience of fine turf maintenance

This job description is not exhaustive and is liable to review following discussions with the
post holder. The post holder will be expected to undertake any other reasonable duties as
requested by his/her manager.
All employees have a duty under the Health & Safety at Work Act to ensure that their
working environment is kept free of hazards that may prove injurious to themselves, their
colleagues, and all those engaged in the charity’s activities.
It should be noted that Trees for Cities’ office is a no-smoking environment; all staff have a
responsibility to keep the office clean and welcoming; there is an office dog, Billy.
Applicants will be subjected to an enhanced CRB check and will be working with children
and vulnerable adults

Trees for Cities is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. We value diversity and
are committed to promoting diversity within the workplace. We aim to ensure that our
employees achieve their full potential and that all employment decisions, including
recruitment, are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria. A full copy of
our Equal Opportunities Policy can be provided on request.

The post is based at King Edward Memorial Park in Shadwell, London, E1

Terms of employment                     £18,000
                                        29 days holiday p.a.
5% employer’s contribution to personal pension
scheme on successful completion of probationary
period
Other benefits as detailed in the Staff Manual
1 year fixed term contract (to be reviewed annually)
3 month probationary period

				
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