Diocese of Townsville Catholic EducationBurdell

Position: Groundsperson
Classification: Part Time, Permanent
Salary Range: $26.17 - $27.14 per hour pending experience
Hours: 35 hours a week across 5 days
Commencing: Monday, 08 March 2021
Closing Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021 unless filled prior

St Clare’s Catholic School, Burdell offers Kindergarten through to Year 6 in a welcoming and inclusive community environment. St Clare's Catholic School belongs to the St Anthony's Parish. Along with St Francis, St Clare is one of the founders of the Franciscan movement that has been part of the Catholic Church's life since the early 13th century. St Clare's Catholic School follows the Franciscan spirituality that stresses simplicity, humility, dependence on God, a love for the poor, and finding God in others and the natural world. The school’s motto is, ‘Be a Clear Light’ and together staff, families, students and the parish community work tirelessly to make the school a unique and dynamic place that welcomes everyone and helps each individual realise their fullest potential. The school community is supportive and encouraging, creating an environment with a strong sense of belonging for students.

St Benedict's Catholic School, Shaw features the highest standard of education and learning facilities synonymous with Catholic schools across Townsville city. St Benedict’s Catholic School nurtures learning success by promoting student engagement within a flexible environment. The school embraces sustainable practices for the natural and built environment nurturing a love for creation and stewardship. The school’s culture reflects the grace and spirit of St Benedict, known as a gentle, dignified, strong, peace-loving man, who by the subtle power of sympathy became the centre of the lives and interests of all around him.

St Clare's Catholic School, and St Benedict's Catholic School are seeking applications from hardworking and passionate Groundskeepers This is a Part Time, Permanent position working 35 hours a week. This role is split between the two schools, with 21 hours (Monday to Wednesday) completed at St Clare's and 14 hours (Thursday and Friday) completed at St Benedict's.

About the role

The Groundsperson, under the direction of the Leading Hand, contributes to the effective and efficient operation and environment of the school by providing a high level of maintenance and upkeep of the schools’ grounds. The Groundsperson will be required to assess repairs quickly to enable maximum safety at all times.

Key Accountabilities

The duties of a grounds person may include:

  • Mowing, whipper snipping and fertilising lawns
  • Repairing and maintaining irrigation systems
  • Weeding, planting, fertilising and maintenance of gardens
  • Maintaining and cleaning grounds and equipment
  • Maintaining security lighting
  • Assisting with all general building maintenance, painting etc. as required
  • Identifying and reporting defects and hazards as soon as practically possible
  • Some deliveries to and from the school, as required

Carry out minor repairs to the college property and equipment, including:

  • Replacing tap washers and other general rectifications
  • Repairing leaking toilets, windows, desks, chairs, other minor carpentry and paint work
  • Assist with marking playing fields
  • Assist with the set up and dismantling of tents and equipment for carnivals and assemblies.

About You


  • Recent experience in a grounds/services/operational role or similar
  • Understanding of and commitment to Workplace Health and Safety legislation and professional regulations to reduce the risk of harm to self and others relative to the role of a groundsperson
  • Ability to follow safety precautions that may involve the use of protective equipment where work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials, machinery, use of tools and other equipment


  • Manoeuvring within the school environment appropriate to the position – demonstrating agility and adherence to manual handling techniques
  • Ability to communicate effectively to meet the necessary standards with respect to clarity, accuracy and professionalism appropriate to the position
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and manage multiple tasks with competing timelines
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and sustain productive working relationships


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible and a proactive attitude
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the college community and driven to achieve the best outcomes
  • Ability to accept responsibility for own work

Mandatory Criteria/Professional Registration/Other

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card or eligibility to obtain same
  • Undertake Workplace Health and Safety Training
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.
  • This position will be subject to a pre-employment medical assessment to support the selection process. For some positions it may be necessary for the successful applicant to be immunised against certain preventable diseases in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant certificate or trade qualifications.

Please review the Position Description before preparing your application.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Upload a cover letter/supporting statement (no more than 2 A4 pages) which addresses your suitability in relation to the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills required of the role.
  3. Upload a current resume which also includes the name, email address and contact details of two referees.

The closing date for applications for this role is 4pm Wednesday, 03 March 2021 unless filled prior

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Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education


Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education
Townsville Catholic Education Office2 Gardenia AvenueKirwanQueensland4814Australia
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