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Cleansing Operative (Dorset Council Waste)

Salary details: £18887 - £19650

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Waste Management & Refuse
Salary details
£18,887- £19,650
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Mike Haines
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 225462
Closing Date
02 October 2022 11:00 PM
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Cleansing Operative

37 hours

Salary £18,887- £19,650

Dorset Council Waste

What’s in it for you:

We have a vacancy for Street Cleansing Operative at our depot in Wareham.
You will be working in the team that clean the streets of our beautiful Dorset.
It can be hard work; it can be messy. But if you’re looking for work life balance, you like being outdoors and would like a job that is sure to keep you fit, then why not consider working with us.

What you can expect to be doing:

This is an outdoor based role.
1. Required as part of daily duties to drive and be responsible for Council vehicles below 3.5t; responsible for daily vehicle checks, ensuring the vehicle is mechanically operational and roadworthy. Completion of relevant statutory paperwork.
2. Duties relating to the manual sweeping, collection and removal of litter, dirt and debris, emptying of litter bins and, if specified, emptying Dog bins.
3. May be required to carry out the cleaning of public toilets. To carry out any small repairs or maintenance issues, including removal of small blockages, if specified
4. The removal of graffiti, when required
5 The collection of Fly-tips and bulky items.
6. Road sweeping duties using mechanical or non mechanical means.
7. Complete daily paperwork, as required
8. To comply fully with Health and Safety guideline, ensuring safe working practices.
9. Any other reasonable and comparable duties as required.
You will work 37 hours per week on a rota basis, to cover early mornings; weekends and bank holiday working. Opportunity to work overtime is available. 

About you:

To be considered for this role you must hold a current valid driving licence as you will be driving a 3.5ton vehicle.
You will be working outside in all weathers; we provide all PPE, uniform and equipment needed for the role..
You must be physically fit as the role involves walking, lifting and moving large items collected from fly-tips; collecting bagged waste and emptying litter bins.
Being approachable with good communication skills are helpful as you will be in regular contact with members of the public.
Local knowledge would be an advantage, but not essential.

Additional Information:

A range of benefits including:
Training and development opportunities, particularly if you’d like to progress to be trained as an HGV driver
Generous holiday entitlement - 26 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 31 days after 5 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
Time and half of basic pay for any bank holiday working
Local Government Pension scheme including immediate life cover.
Employee Wellbeing service
Free health checks
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This post requires travel. You must have a vehicle (or transport we deem suitable) available for use as needed.

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.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected, you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

We use generic job descriptions and person specifications. This means the job title on any attachments may differ from the job title in the advert. We may provide specific information in a context statement if relevant.

We cannot accept CVs in the place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all our candidates.

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