Grounds Maintenance Operative

  • Role: Grounds Maintenance Operative
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: 40 per week on a rotational shift pattern
  • Remuneration: Salary will be dependent on experience
  • Closing Date: 01/12/2022

Glasgow Prestwick Airport (GPA) are recruiting now for a Grounds Maintenance Operative to join our team to perform general grounds maintenance duties associated with the Facilities department. The ideal candidate will have suitable proven work experience within a ground’s maintenance environment. 

Owned by the Scottish Government, Glasgow Prestwick Airport directly employs more than 250 people and supports over 4,000 jobs across the aerospace cluster. Situated in the heart of Scotland’s aerospace industry we offer a diverse range of in-house aviation services providing vital connections to the rest of the world.

Job Scope:

To carry out general ground’s maintenance duties associated with the Airport Facilities department. The primary role will be maintaining the grass areas both Airside & Landside. In addition, the role will include surface repairs, drainage, and physical infrastructure maintenance to ensure compliance with the requirements as laid down in EASA regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To maintain the green estate around Glasgow Prestwick Airport to ensure it enhances the site but does not compromise operational safety.
  • To maintain the landscaping across the site and ensure it observes best practice, according to each species and variety, in a clean and disease-free condition.
  • To operate any item of equipment that may be required to assist in the aforementioned tasks, e.g., tractors, mini-diggers, forklifts, and maintain competencies to operate said equipment.
  • To undertake weedkilling duties across the state.
  • Assist with tree maintenance across the site.
  • Ensure safety at all times of work areas, clearly cordoning off and signposting areas when works in progress or underway but attended.
  • Ensure the completion of scheduled maintenance programmes and reactive maintenance works on time and to approved standards, taking into account all applicable regulations.
  • Ensuring all works activities are appropriately documented in maintenance schedules, logging systems (electronic or paper) and any other processes as may be required.
  • Maintain and repair all airport fencing infrastructure.
  • To work in conjunction with all other trades within the department, as and when required, in particular with the Civils Maintenance Team.
  • Oversee project works which may from time to time be delegated to you by department management.
  • Day-to-day maintenance and cleaning of equipment allocated to the Civils and Grounds Maintenance Team.
  • Monitor and request supplies and consumables associated with the role.
  • Escorting of maintenance contractors.
  • May be required to provide out of hours support to ensure operational cover and an integral response to any emergency incidents, and to assist appropriately based on situation arising.
  • To undertake ad-hoc nightshift works programmes necessary to ensure the airfield paved surfaces, remain operationally available.
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties as required, including assistance during winter operations, diversions, special events, etc.

Experience (Essential):

  • Knowledge of all legislative requirements required within a ground’s maintenance environment.
  • Experience of driving tractors & cutting grass with cutting decks.
  • Experience of using all tools & machinery associated with grounds maintenance (Ride on mowers, Toro, Scag, strimmer’s, hedge cutters etc).
  • Experience of applying & storing weedkiller.
  • PA1, PA2 & PA6 licences for control of pesticides.
  • Current UK driving licence.
  • Ability to obtain a full Airside driving licence (Red Pass). *

Experience (Desirable):

  • Knowledge & experience of maintaining grounds within an Airport/Airside environment.
  • Experience of Airfield surface repairs.
  • Experience of winter maintenance applications.
  • IOSH working safely (or equivalent).
  • Previous radio communications experience.

Abilities, Skills, Knowledge & Attributes:

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Ability to liaise with all levels of stakeholders, both internal and external, with limited supervision.
  • Good planning, organisational and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to multitask & prioritise workload.
  • Self-motivated, shows initiative and has a “can do” attitude.
  • Pro-active; positive; enthusiastic; flexibility; adaptability; self-confidence; professionalism; integrity; responsibility; passion and teamwork.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • IT competent.
  • Ability to work at height.
  • Ability to drive vehicles Airside.

Please note that to work at GPA you are required to:

  • Comply with UK Right to Work checks and provide associated relevant documentation at interview.
  • Confirm your identity by providing a copy of your passport or driving licence.
  • Provide GPA with a complete five-year referencing history inclusive of all employment, self-employment, and education. Any gap period of 28 days or more must be covered by a personal reference to which you must also provide contact details.
  • Upon request, provide a Criminal Record Check Certificate (Basic Disclosure) from Disclosure Scotland. This must not display any disqualifying convictions as detailed on the Civil Aviation Authority website.
  • Where applicable, undertake a Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) and understand that deployment to any security related activities is conditional upon the satisfactory result of such a check.

*In accordance with regulations, this role requires you to meet DVLA Group 2 medical standards so that you can drive on our airfield (including on runways / taxiways). Therefore, please only apply for this role if you can meet the following standards:

  • Vision – applicants must have a visual acuity (using corrective lenses if necessary) of at least 6/7.5 in the better eye and 6/60 in the other. Visual fields will be checked by confrontation method and if there is any doubt then an optician report is required.
  • Colour perception – applicants are required to distinguish the colours red, green, and white using the Ishihara test plates (24) – 15 plates, presented in a random order, which must be identified without error or via an approved advanced colour vision test. The use of colour correcting lenses are not acceptable.
  • Hearing – applicants must have the ability to hear a forced whisper in either ear at a distance of 2 metres. In case of doubt an audiometric examination will be necessary.
  • General Health – applicants must disclose any medical condition, which might affect the ability to operate / drive safely. On disclosure of a medical condition which may affect the ability to operate / drive safely, reference is made to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) “Assessing-fitness-to-drive-a-guide-for-medical-professionals.”

The above will be assessed via our occupational health partner during the recruitment process and does not affect your statutory rights associated with the Equality Act 2010.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and are committed to applying equal opportunities at all stages of our recruitment and selection process. Reasonable adjustments will be made to our recruitment process to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged.

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