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Site Manager - Leeson House

Salary details: £24496 - £28371

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Site Maintenance & Management
Salary details
£24,496 - £28,371
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Michael Gould
Contact email
Contact telephone
01929 422126
Closing Date
11 December 2022 11:00 PM
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Site Manager

Full Time

£24,496 - £28,371

Lesson House Outdoor Education Centre

This is the first time this position is available in over 20 years due to the retirement of the current post holder. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a small team of dedicated staff striving to provide meaningful and exciting outdoor education opportunities for young people. The post holder will be responsible for helping to maintain the fabric of a Grade 2 listed mansion and surrounding 8 acres of grounds. Leeson House is nestled in the Isle of Purbeck countryside, close to the Jurassic coast and the nearby town of Swanage, Dorset.
The post comes with an optional private Gate House Lodge, of which a 'caretakers monthly occupation fee' is required. 

What you will be doing

Each and every day will be different at Leeson House. There will be standard duties such as supporting the housekeeping staff with 'change over days' and ensuring the house and classrooms are cleaned. However, amongst the usual tasks, a programme of decorating, maintenance of furniture, building and fixing pond dipping platforms, mending the bird hide, assisting with minibus shuttling groups of students, plumbing and electrical issues, clearing fallen tree branches and maintaining fences are a selection of the typical tasks.
The post holder will need to be adept at developing working relations with contractors and organised with creating programmes of maintenance and health and safety checks across the site.
There will be opportunities for training, including brush cutter, chainsaw and D1 minibus licence, if not already qualified.

About you

As per the Person specification and:

Ideally, we're looking for someone who has already had experience of site management of a similar building, including maintaining health and safety standards and COSHH management.
Desirable for this post holder to have a suitable electrician and/or plumbing qualification.
Desirable for this post holder to have chainsaw and minibus D1 licence or willingness to undertake additional training.
Other qualifications such as various hand tools, circular saw, ladder/high tower, grinder and brush cutter would also be very desirable.

The post holder needs to be able to work off their own initiative, be highly organised and have the ability to plan several months ahead. They also need to work closely with various colleagues and quickly build strong relations with contractors.

Additional information

A driving licence is essential for this position and a DBS check.
The 'Leeson Lodge' is a two-bedroom private bungalow onsite. It is expected but not mandatory, that the post holder would live here. 

Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

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