Overview

Parliamentary Gardener Job at The Department of Parliamentary Services in Australia

Job Description

Who we are looking for?



The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for Parliamentary Gardener vacancy within the Maintenance Services section, Property Services Branch.

The Department of Parliamentary Services provides a range of services and maintenance activities within Parliament House, Canberra. This includes maintenance staff, security, catering, visitor guides and other various services.

The Parliamentary Gardeners work to maintain 10 Ha of cool season turf and couch grass, 9 Ha of Australian Native gardens, 17 Internal finely manicured Courtyards utilised by Parliamentarians and indoor plant maintenance in one of Australia’s most significant buildings.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic gardener to assist with maintenance of the Parliamentary Landscape. The work includes most facets of horticulture including turf maintenance, fertilising, pruning, weeding, planting, mulching, irrigating and integrated pest management practices. Experience maintaining high profile gardens as well as qualifications in Turf maintenance and/or Horticulture are desirable.

Eligibility and/or Job Specific Requirements

Certificate 3 qualifications in Turf Management or Horticulture are desirable.

A current and continuing driver’s license is required.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (Protected/Restricted) security clearance.

DPS welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

How to apply

Please upload a one page response no more than 500 word limit describing how your skills, knowledge and experience make you the best person for this job, based on the duties, qualities, and selection criteria outlined below.

Your application is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at DPS, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills,

knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role.

If proof of qualifications, licences or certificates are required as part of the application process, please incoporate these documents into your resume or within your applicant response before you submit your application.

Closing Date

Applications must be submitted by 11:30pm AEDT, 31 January 2021.

Salary

Currently, the salary range for this position is $55,312 – $68,638

Duty Statement

Classification: PSL 1/2/3

Employment Type: Ongoing

Position No.: 130197

Local Title: Parliamentary Gardener

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Branch: Property Services Branch

Section: Maintenance Services

Immediate supervisor: PSL6 Landscape Manager

Security assessment: Baseline Vetting (Protected/Restricted)

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Under limited/general direction undertake duties in accordance with the agreed standards for PSL 1-3 classification. The duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

1 Under limited direction, undertake technical turf maintenance work as well as gardening work in all horticultural areas; including pruning, fertilizing, weed management;

2 Use/apply chemicals and calibrate equipment;

3 Effectively utilise irrigation systems including the repair and maintenance;

4 Undertake plant management practices including plant culture and pest and disease identification.

5 Maintain a high standard of safety in operational areas, completing Safe Work Procedures and following WHS and DPS guidelines and legislation

Duties representing highest function: 1

Selection Criteria

1 Relevant practical work experience and knowledge in Turf maintenance general garden and plant maintenance including knowledge of weed, pest and disease identification and control methods, irrigation and plant nutrition;

2 Ability to operate and maintain all types of gardening tools, equipment and machinery;

3 A good working knowledge of the Work Health and safety aspects associated with Landscape maintenance and working outdoors;

4 Good written and oral communication skills;

5 Demonstrated ability to work as a team member – including a co-operative, willing attitude, proven initiative and reliability.

Eligibility, qualifications and/or other requirements: Certificate 3 qualifications in Turf Management or Horticulture are desirable. A current and continuing driver’s license is required.

Employees of DPS are required to be able, and to be seen to be able, to provide professional advice and services to all Senators and Members without favour or prejudice.

Contact Person

Name: Paul Janssens

Phone Number: 62775258

Email: paul.janssens@aph.gov.au

Working at Department of Parliamentary Services

DPS recognises and values the contribution that our diverse workforce makes and in return offers great benefits. These include a competitive salary, onsite free parking and gym facilities, a wide range of professional development opportunities so you can take your career further, and all of this in a friendly and supportive environment. Conditions of service are in accordance with the DPS Enterprise Agreement (available here ).

If you think this role sounds like you and you’d like to work in a friendly, high quality team then DPS welcomes your application.

Conditions of Employment

The Parliamentary Service Act 1999 provides for mobility between the Australian Public Service and the Parliamentary Service. Employment opportunities in the Parliamentary Service may be subject to a range of conditions of engagement including:

a) Australian citizenship

b) criminal history check and security clearances

c) possession of mandatory qualifications for certain jobs

d) health clearance, and

e) probation period of 6 months

Australian Citizenship

Section 22 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 requires that employees of the Parliamentary Service are generally required to be Australian citizens. If you are not an Australian citizen, you may still be considered for engagement on the condition that you are able to gain Australian Citizenship within a specified time. Failure to obtain citizenship within the timeframe could lead to termination of engagement.

Redundancy

If you have accepted a redundancy benefit, within the previous twelve months, from a Commonwealth employer (including the Parliamentary Service and the Australian Public Service), you cannot be employed by DPS until your exclusion period (the number of weeks for which you received a redundancy benefit) has expired. If you would like to discuss your eligibility, please contact HR Services on telephone (02) 6277 5200.

Advice to Applicants

Your application is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at DPS, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?

Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

If you are unfamiliar with applying for APS jobs, the Australian Public Service Commission’s fact sheet on applying for jobs may be useful: Applying for an APS Job: Cracking the Code

Some of DPS’s selection criteria are generic and are based on the Australian Public Service Commission’s Integrated Leadership System (ILS). Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how they would apply these skills to the requirements of the job as described. The Australian Public Service Commission’s ILS Leadership Pathway identifies and describes leadership capabilities at all classification levels

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