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Estate Maintenance / Grave Digging Operative

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

About the team we are recruiting to

Our team maintain 6 Cemetery's which are owned by Coventry City Council, we provide a dignified place for loved ones to be laid to rest. Due to the nature of this role you need to be respectful in the environment in which you will be working and will have to demonstrate customer care skills.

What is the job role?

Do you have previous grounds maintenance or manual labour experience?

Do you consider yourself to be committed and able to work in all weather conditions?

Do you have the commitment to provide the best possible standards?

We are looking for someone to join our modest team as an Estate Maintenance/ Grave Digging Operative. This is a unique role in which you will contribute to a wide range of maintenance activities in tight deadlines, this includes manual and mechanical diggings and back filling of graves, preparing and setting out a grave for burial, grounds maintenance activities such as mowing and hedge cutting.

Training is provided:  You MUST be available for a Grave Digging training course in Wales, from 16th August to 20th August. Travel and accommodation is provided. 

For an informal discussion to talk about this role further, please contact Brian Tranter on 02476785761.

Who are we looking for?

As a successful candidate you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge and practices of tools/equipment that will include working below ground level, ride on mowers, strimmer’s, hedge cutters and various hand tools. You must also hold a full driving licence.

Working days: Tuesday - Saturday. 

In this role you will need to be:

  • Respectful in the environment in which you work
  • Able to communicate effectively with members of the public
  • Work within a team to achieve tight deadlines
  • Able to work out in all weathers
  • Have a working knowledge of horticultural and or excavating tools and equipment
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety within the work place
  • You will need to demonstrate your customer care skills

Keen to join the team? Please complete the application form, tell us about your previous experience. When applying for this role you will be asked to write a personal statement, when writing your personal statement please include the following:

  • How you would be respectful in the environment in which you work
  • Knowledge of horticultural excavating practices, tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate your customer care skills

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s): 5+6 August 2021

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled Coventry CC Application process.

Coventry City Council


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