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General Operative

Office of Public WorksLetterkenny, County Donegal€522.27 - €652.90 per weekFull-timePermanent

The Office of Public Works (OPW) invites applications for the position of General Operative Band 3 at Glebe House & Gallery, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

The position will be a permanent Non-Established State Industrial post based on a 39-hour week (full-time) and the appointment will be subject to a probationary period of 7 months which may be extended to 10 months under certain circumstances.

Persons who wish to be considered for appointment to the above position should submit a completed Application Form with certain required documentation.

A short-listing assessment, based on the information supplied in the Application Form, will be used by OPW to select those applicants who are to be invited to attend for competitive interview.

The competitive interview process will be used by OPW to select the candidate determined by the Interview Board as being the most suitable for appointment to fill the position and a reserve panel, effective for a limited period, may be formed. Appointment to the position will be subject to the provision of satisfactory references and meeting requirements for satisfactory health and vetting.

OPW Areas of Responsibility
The OPW’s areas of responsibility include Heritage Services and Flood Risk Management. The OPW’s Heritage Services has responsibility for the protection, care and maintenance of 780 heritage sites, nationwide, including national monuments, historical parks, gardens and buildings.

Essential Eligibility Requirements (at the closing date)
 A full, clean and current driving licence, category B&W;
 A current Safe Pass Card.
Note: Where a current safe pass card is not available, proof of successful completion of the Safe Pass Course prior to the closing date will be accepted.

Responsibilities and Principal Duties of the General Operative Band 3
Note: The following list, which is not exhaustive, sets out the broad range of duties that may be required to be undertaken by a General Operative. Variances in the requirements of individual posts will reflect the management and operational requirements of individual sites and areas of work.

 Undertaking landscape and general maintenance duties as required e.g. grass cutting, mowing lawns, strimming, weeding, weed-killing, scuffling/hoeing, sweeping, cutting hedges, removing graffiti and weeds from building facade, etc.;
 Operate light equipment to include: Leaf blowers, knap sac sprayers, hedge trimmers, and other light equipment to undertake general parks/garden maintenance;
 Drive site vehicles and other site machinery as required by management including ride on and pedestrian lawn mowers, tractors and associated machinery, small hydraulic excavators and dumpers;
 To operate chainsaws and assist with arboricultural works on successful completion of training;
 To operate an access platform on completion of successful training;
 To assist craft grades such as Stonemasons, Stonecutters, Carpenters, Gardeners and Fitters in undertaking works such as laying paths/kerbs, mixing concrete/mortar, scaffolding, planting and painting;
 To assist Gardeners with the implementation of floral and horticultural features in the Gardens/Park;
 Undertake Site Inspections and Security duties, to include opening and closing site, gate duty, grounds patrol duty and event security; monitoring visitor activity on site; ensure and report to supervisor/manager on the security and protection of the site and monument;
 Cleaning of monuments, walk-ways and site area/buildings (including visitor centre/offices/canteen) as directed in accordance with requirements; window cleaning and gutter cleaning; cleaning of toilets, as and when required; open and close toilets as directed; keep supplies stocked up;
 To assist with keeping parks/gardens litter free. Work will involve hand-picking and automated litter collection, emptying bins, etc., Collecting and disposing of litter from both inside and outside the site, Recycling;
 Assist, as directed, in the operation, functioning and maintenance of the museum/gallery, which involves meeting the required standards and includes handling and installing visual art exhibitions and working with museum artefacts.

Specific Requirements for General Operative Band 3
 Take instruction on duties from the Supervisor on site and from any other person to whom authority has been delegated or assigned;
 Ground works including duct work, pipe work, hand digging etc.;
 Feeding and monitoring wildlife/livestock within the grounds;
 Car park duties;
 Assist with the delivery of event set-ups;
 Assist the conservation team;
 Assist the site manager in the upkeep of the house and property, regular maintenance to include drains, roofs and gutters;
 Assist the site manager in health and safety checks;
 Carry out duties assigned by supervisor within Glebe House and ancillary buildings;
 Interacting with visitors in a professional and courteous manner, representative of the OPW.

Special working conditions apply:
 Five-day working week (39 hours), which may be rostered over seven days and include working at weekends and on Public Holidays; the actual days and hours of attendance will be arranged according to local management requirements;
 Working alone and in teams;
 Working in inclement weather;
 Regular physical activity;
 Working with blades, chemicals, paints, cleaning agents;
 Lifting awkward / heavy loads; Climbing scaffolding / Working at heights;
 Operation of plant / equipment; Driving Vehicles;
 Hazards, sharps including syringes, traffic, wildlife, disorderly members of the public;
 Environmental awareness;
 Traffic – assisting with plant mobilisation to and from sites;
 Working in or near water, working in confined spaces and walking or working on uneven ground;
 Wildlife/Livestock.

A General Operative Band 3 (Rural) is required to:
 Demonstrate flexibility and mobility, consistent with the needs of the service;
 Demonstrate good work practices including time-keeping, tidiness, commitment, taking responsibility and quality awareness;
 Carry out all work in a safe manner for self, colleagues and the public through understanding, observance and application of Health and Safety requirements;
 Report any accidents and misuse of plant, materials and machinery to the Manager/Foreperson;
 Be flexible to work, as directed, in various locations covered by the OPW;
 Be well organised and careful with practical tasks;
 Have excellent communications skills and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
 Solve problems and use their own initiative, when appropriate to do so;
 Successfully undertake training as and when required;
 Be physically capable of meeting the requirements of the position;
 Carry out other duties/works deemed by management as reasonable and appropriate to the grade and to the position;
 Co-operate with the introduction of new work practices and technology.

Contacts with:
 staff of the Office of Public Works;
 members of the public;
 external contractors and suppliers;
 landowners.

Reporting Arrangements:
The General Operative reports to: -
 Site Supervisor/Manager;
 Foreperson;
 Any other person to whom authority has been assigned and/or delegated.

The General Operative is required to:
 demonstrate flexibility and mobility, consistent with the needs of the service;
 contribute to and maintain a good team spirit and an effective team-working environment;
 remain calm while working under pressure when effectively dealing with incidents;
 make sound judgements in emergency situations;
 work on own initiative in accordance with manager/supervisor instructions whilst being an
effective part of a larger team;
 apply excellent and effective interpersonal and communication skills coupled with a professional, polite and courteous manner when dealing with colleagues, management and the public;
 apply the energy, enthusiasm and the willingness to contribute effectively to a positive visitor experience for the public and to keep abreast of OPW activities;
 apply a positive, flexible and proactive approach to work allied with an ability to deliver an effective work presence;
 carry out all work in a safe manner both to colleagues and to the public through understanding, observance and application of Health and Safety requirements;
 successfully undertake training as and when required;
 carry out other duties/works deemed by management as appropriate to the grade and to the position;
 Co-operate with the introduction of new work practices and technology

The OPW will not be liable for any costs incurred in applying for the position and/or attending an interview.

The Office of Public Works is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. Please note that canvassing will disqualify

The closing date for applications is Friday the 11th of September 2020

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