Grounds Person

15 Jan 2019
21 Jan 2019
Contract Type

Job Description

Position: Grounds person/caretaker

Full time: 37 hours per week (will include weekend work and work outside normal office hours at certain times of the year or as an when required due to the nature of the responsibilities)

Reporting to: The Director, Sidney Nolan Trust

Salary and other benefits: GBP20,000 this includes rent free accommodation of GBP7,500 including council tax. Post holder pays for telephone(wifi) and contents insurances. The post will be automatically included in the Trust's pension scheme.

Primary Responsibilities of the position

Grounds Management:

* To have responsibility for the general upkeep of the grounds and gardens surrounding Rodd Court and other Trust properties this to include:

* Maintaining lawns and hedges in line with agreed standards/style

* Pruning of fruit trees and overseeing larger tree pruning and felling

* General maintenance of gardens including pruning of shrubs and roses - the gardens are overgrown and will require more attention over time.

* Vermin control for all areas

* Repairs to fencing and gates around paddocks adjacent to the buildings owned by the Trust

* Ensuring drives and access roads are kept clear

* Ensuring paths through the woodland are clear and any obstacles removed

* Ensuring posts, styles and gates on the footpaths are in good working order

* In time the Trust may plan to recreate the former kitchen garden - this role would be expected to oversee its implementation.

* Undertake general maintenance of the buildings that comprise The Rodd. This to include:

* Undertaking daily site inspections and weekly building inspections

* Ensuring water supply to The Rodd and neighbouring properties is always flowing and in good repair calling upon necessary contractors to ensure any necessary works are completed to an acceptable standard

* General basic repairs to estate buildings (in-line with the requirements of a Grade II* listed building), clearance of all gutters and drains

* To have responsibility for the security of The Rodd ensuring

* Properties are locked when not in public use

* Access points are closed and secure when not in use

* All security lights are maintained and effective

* All smoke alarms and other fire protection systems are tested and fully functioning at all times

* To assist the Director and other colleagues with exhibitions and events held at The Rodd. This to include helping:

* with the hanging of pictures, setting up and taking down exhibitions, preparing and clearing up facilities for courses, lectures, residencies, symposia etc.

* moving paintings, print-making and ceramic and other equipment and supplies around The Rodd.

* To manage and work closely with a small team of gardening volunteers - issuing and overseeing the performance of tasks as allocated by yourself and the Trust's Director.


* To be on site and a point of contact(sometimes the only point of contact) for all events taking place at The Rodd including: events, festivals, concerts and weddings.

* To maintain good working relationships with estate neighbours (other land owners) and the Farm Manager

* To maintain an up to date list of contractors such as plumbers, electricians, and chimney sweeps, so they may be called upon as and when required.

* Uphold and monitor health &safety and personal security for all working or visiting The Rodd and take the necessary steps to address any issues that require attention in order to reduce the risk of accidents.

* Ensuring that all farm, garden and other tools and equipment for which the Grounds Person is responsible are properly licensed, insured, maintained, serviced as required and kept secure in accordance with insurance conditions and best practice.

* To be the primary point of contact for horse owners using stabling at The Rodd

* Maintenance of the pool vehicle which can be used for undertaking aspects of this role (tax, insurance and petrol is covered by SNT)

* Any other reasonable duties as might be expected of an estate of this nature

* Adhering to and upholding the Trust's rules and policies.


The Trust at times will also require cleaning duties to be performed. Theses are outside the scope of the Grounds Person role but could be undertaken by a partner. The tasks include:

* Undertaking light cleaning duties for all properties at The Rodd as and when required. This to include the Trust's offices, toilets, Rodd Court and the Farm House, print workshop and the ceramic workshop.

* Managing all change-overs for the Orchard Cottage this to include cleaning the cottage after guests have left and preparing all bed linens/towels.

* Laundering all linens for the properties as required prior to and after events.

Cleaning will be paid at an hourly rate of GBP10.

Essential Experience - Grounds Person

Caretaker and ground word duties for a similar sized property

Must be physically able to undertake all the duties as outlined above

Valid clean driving licence


This role suits someone who enjoys being active outdoors in a rural setting or a couple wishing to share the ground worker/caretaker and the additional cleaning duties.

Candidates must have a can-do attitude and a willingness to assist other staff as and when required.

As The Rodd has a range of visitors and guests candidates must be friendly, polite and helpful at all times, working to the Trust's standards of Customer Care.

As the Sidney Nolan Trust has children visiting its site postholders will be Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked.

If necessary, the candidate will be required to show evidence of eligibility to work in the UK

The candidate will be required to submit a minimum of two referees (for whom work has been undertaken in the last 18 months) to be contacted by the Trust

Terms and conditions

Leave: 20 days holiday per year plus 8 bank holidays, total 28.

Pension: The Trust operates a NEST pension contribution scheme in accordance with legislation.

Hours of work: The role requires a willingness too adapt to a flexible working arrangement, in which weekend and evening work may be required at The Rodd or other sites. Time off in lieu may be available for out of hours working at the Trust's discretion.

Place of Work: The role is based at the Rodd near Presteigne

Probation period: 6 months

Notice period: 2 weeks during probation and 6 weeks thereafter

Equal Opportunities: The Trust is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in its employment practises with the aim of ensuring that everyone who works for us receives fair treatment.

Application Process

Interested? Don't hesitate! Click "apply" now to download our application form

Referees will not be contacted until an offer is made

Deadline for applications: 9am 21 January 2019