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Gunersbury Park

As Assistant Park Manager you’ll be a dedicated park champion. You’ll assist the Park Manager in ensuring that our parkland and infrastructure are maintained to the highest standards, working with external contractors and the rest of the gardening team

Assistant Park Manager | Gunersbury Estate

Location: Gunnersbury Park
Full Time 
Salary: £30,000 + benefits
Closing Date: early applications are encouraged

Job Description

Who we are

Our 186 acres of Grade II* listed parkland has been awarded Green Flag and London In Bloom Gold and holds an abundance of riches with wild flower meadows, heritage parkland, ornate lakes, interactive playgrounds for families and habitats for a huge range of species.

Gunnersbury Park & Museum launched onto London’s cultural scene in 2018 as the destination in West London for outdoor music concerts and cinema… but that’s not even half our story.

We could also tell you about our local history museum winning NPO status, our 21 listed buildings and structures, our education and community programmes, our brand-new sports facilities, or even our exciting events programme.

There’s so much to be excited about at Gunnersbury and a real opportunity to help shape its future by joining our team.

Job Description

As Assistant Park Manager you’ll be a dedicated park champion. You’ll assist the Park Manager in ensuring that our parkland and infrastructure are maintained to the highest standards, working with external contractors and the rest of the gardening team. Sustainability and ecologically sound will be your new buzz words! We want Gunnersbury to be a safe and welcoming environment for all staff and visitors and you’ll play a crucial role in delivering this. There is real variety to this role and an opportunity to work across all areas of the park.

How to apply

To apply for the role of Assistant Park Manager please send your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the role to recruitment@visitgunnersbury.org (mark your email as: ‘Assistant Park Manager’ and include your full name in the email header)

Main duties and activities

Park Management & Maintenance

· To assist the Park manager in the management of the heritage gardening team and park volunteers, managing their day-to-day work

· Under the direction of the Park Manager, carry out regular inspections and surveys to monitor maintenance work and identify and specify repairs. This includes, but is not limited to:

o Grounds maintenance work

o Playgrounds and play equipment

o Lake and pond water quality and weed monitoring

o Tree surveys

o Park quality inspections

To assist the Park Manager with park maintenance, repairs and facilities issues including park infrastructure and listed features within the Gunnersbury Park Estate

To work with the Park Manager to seek sustainable solutions to maintenance issues to minimise adverse environmental impact

· Under the direction of the Park Manager, liaise with external contractors as necessary with regard to specialist works (e.g. arboricultural works), planned preventative maintenance and regular cyclical tests (e.g. water testing, emergency lighting)

· To ensure that all regulatory certificates and records are up to date and retained on site for inspection

· To assist the Park Manager with the management of the grounds maintenance contract to ensure value for money, H&S compliance and Service Level Agreements are being adhered to

· To actively monitor the condition of the buildings and park infrastructure, reporting any repair or maintenance issues to the Park Manager and maintenance team

· To assist the Park Manager with reading the main and sub-water meters and relevant electricity meters periodically, providing the readings to Finance

· To work with the team to periodically review and upgrade the park conservation management plan

· To work with the team to put together the Green Flag and London in Bloom submissions

· To assist the Park Manager with managing requests for memorial benches, trees and plaques

 

Health & Safety

To assist the Park Manager with Health & Safety management of the park by undertaking regular audits of the parkland and infrastructure, identifying hazards and taking corrective action

To assist the Park Manager with ensuring Risk Assessments, Method Statements and safe working practices and paperwork are up to date and in place for all areas

To keep up to date records of accidents, incidents and near misses; investigate causes and carry out corrective action in consultation with the Park Manager

To ensure all staff and volunteers are trained in health and safety appropriate to the task/s they are performing

To ensure all contractors attending the site have completed the Safety Induction before commencing work and are adequately monitored whilst on site

As directed by the Park Manager, ensure fire drills of the gardening team building occur at least biannually

Environment & Sustainability

To work with the Park Manager to support and guide the in-house gardening team and external specialists in the design, planning and management of sensitive planting and landscape design schemes in accordance with the conservation management plan (CMP)

· To assist the Park Manager in the implementation of an effective tree safety and arboriculture management regime for the park to ensure the safety of visitors and employees, enhance the biodiversity of the park and promote visitor enjoyment

· To work with the Park Manager on sustainable resource management, mitigation of risks relating to climate change and measures to promote environmental resilience

Park Events

· To work with our event contractors and event organisers to support and facilitate the smooth running of events in the park and ensure minimal negative impact on the park

· To attend meetings, monitor and inspect park areas pre-event and post-event and work to resolve issues

Security

· To ensure the security of the park ensuring areas are secured and alarmed as necessary

· To ensure that all keys are retained after staff/contractors have left and security codes of locks are periodically changed

Financial

· To adhere to the Financial Regulations as directed by the finance team

· To assist the Park Manager in managing the park budget ensuring value for money through alternative quotes

· To raise purchase orders, check deliveries against delivery notes and obtain invoices and credit notes for the finance team

Other

To be the lead person for the park when the Park Manager is absent

To attend meetings and training courses as necessary

· To manage the work of the park team and provide support with their personal development

· To supervise the duties of volunteers as necessary

· To respond to out of hours emergencies, including attending the site and resourcing staff and contractors as required

· To be flexible with working hours, including some evenings and weekends

· To undertake other duties as may be requested from time to time and commensurate with the responsibility level of the post

 

How to Apply

Apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to recruitment@visitgunnersbury.org