Waterfowl and Maintenance Warden - Application Pack

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Vacancy details

Post Title: Waterfowl and Maintenance Warden
Reporting to: Town Clerk, and Senior Waterfowl and Maintenance Warden
Responsible for: None
Hours: 15 hours per week, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. three days a week including every other weekend
Salary: SCPs 6-7 – £21,968 to £22,369 fte (£8,908 to £9,071 pro rata)
Place of work: Dawlish – all areas of the Parish

Main Purposes of Role

  • To be responsible for the feeding, welfare and cleanliness of the waterfowl kept by the town council at Dawlish Water, and to carry out maintenance tasks throughout the Parish of Dawlish.

Main Duties

  • To ensure the welfare of the ornamental waterfowl kept at Dawlish Water.
  • To open, shut and remove weir gates to regulate water flow in the Brook
  • To inspect and maintain parish footpaths which are the responsibility of the town council under the Parish Paths Partnership (P3 Scheme).
  • To maintain the play areas owned by the Town Council to a level set out in legislation.
  • To carry out maintenance tasks, repairs, and cleaning to council assets, gardens, and open spaces throughout the parish in accordance with the maintenance schedule.
  • To ensure that all machinery and equipment provided by the council is maintained and stored securely.
  • To assist in the promotion of work undertaken both around the parish and with the waterfowl using several means of communication
  • To carry out duties at a comparable level of responsibility as may be required and assigned from time to time at the discretion of the employers and to operate within the standing orders, financial regulations and any other corporate standards adopted by the council.

Person Specification



  • GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C or above, or equivalent qualification and level


  • a qualification in animal care and grounds maintenance
  • a driving licence and access to a motor vehicle

Experience / Knowledge


  • Evidene of understanding the needs of waterfowl
  • Evidence of the ability to carry out grounds maintenance
  • Evidence of the ability to regulator waterf low safely and efficienty


  • Experience of caring for waterfowl
  • Horticultural experience

Administration and Organisational Skills


  • Good workload management skills.



  • Good oral, written and presentation skills.  Ability to work with others and to deal courteously with members of the public


  • Experience of giving presentations to all age groups
  • Experience of use with social media

Flexibility and Responsiveness


  • Willing to work every other weekend, and to be called out in emergencies (rare)
  • Ability to work as part of a team and cover for colleagues when required.

General Requirements


The post is graded on an annual Full Time Equivalent (FTE) incremental scale, subject to satisfactory performance, as follows:

SCP6                £21,968
SCP7                £22,369

As the hours of work are 15 per week including every other weekend, the pro-rata annual salary will be £8,908 to £9,071.

Terms and Conditions

The appointment will be subject to the terms and conditions laid down in the NJC for Local Government Services as supplemented by local agreements and by the rules of the Organisation.

Annual Leave

The post attracts an annual leave entitlement of 22 days per year. A further 5 days are added following 5 years continuous service.


Dawlish Town Council is an “Admitted Body” to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Medical Fitness 

The person appointed will be required to complete a confidential medical declaration form and the appointment may be dependent on the issue of a satisfactory report from the Organisation’s medical adviser if necessary.

Probationary Period

The appointment is subject to a six-month probationary period pending satisfactory service.

Notice to Terminate Employment

The post holder is required to give 1 month notice of the termination of their employment.  The minimum period of notice to which the post holder is entitled is one month, increasing after four years’ service by one week for every subsequent year up to a maximum of 12 weeks.


It is desirable but not essential for a motor vehicle to be available for use should it be required.

This post qualifies for a causal car user allowance.