Bedminster, City of Bristol
£21,400 - £23,000 per year -
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Responsible to                  Chief Executive

Responsible for                 Cleaner-Caretaker Team Leader, Livestock Manager, Handy Person, Weekend Farmers, volunteers

Grade                                   E


To lead the maintenance, health and safety of the site and people on it.

Main duties and responsibilities

Facilities, health and safety

  • Manage people in the facilities team to perform at their best.
  • Undertake inspection, repair, maintenance and development of the physical site infrastructure (eg fencing, cleanliness, structures).
  • Oversee day-to-day care of the animals on site (feeding, cleaning, housing) with support of the Livestock Manager.
  • Ensure statutory health and safety checks are completed (eg boiler servicing, electrical circuit testing, PAT, building safety).
  • Prepare and implement an annual planned improvement programme for facilities.
  • Ensure that the burglar alarm, fire alarm and the heating systems are maintained as necessary and set as required.
  • Ensure that facilities contracts (eg maintenance, waste, hygiene) are renewed, represent good value, and that checks are carried out as specified.
  • Ensure rooms are fit for purpose, clean and well-maintained.
  • Report on progress and issues.
  • Schedule and oversee site safety checks and risk assessments (eg daily play-area, annual building survey, events).
  • Provide first aid cover for staff team.
  • Maintain relevant records (eg risk assessment, COSHH and accident books).
  • Keep up to date with all relevant legislation in health and safety and share knowledge with colleagues.
  • Direct contractors on site in accordance with health and safety procedures.


  • Work within and to promote the aims and objectives of the City Farm, and to present a positive image of the Farm to the public.
  • Abide, at all times, by the City Farm’s policies including its Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, and Environmental policies.
  • Ensure all area risk assessments are carried out as necessary.
  • Attend regular planning meetings with the Chief Executive and other team leaders, and other staff as required.
  • Ensure that the output and quality of your work is of the highest professional standards.
  • Carry out any other duties commensurate with the responsibilities of the post, as required.
  • Take part in Farm events where required.
  • Take a key role in the induction of new staff and volunteers.

It is the nature of work of within the facilities team that tasks and responsibilities are, in many circumstances unpredictable and varied. All staff are, therefore, expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the job description have to be undertaken. The nature of work with volunteers and the general public requires a flexible approach to hours of work including some evening and weekend working.  As a small team it is essential that everyone could, if required, handle all routine day-to-day tasks.

During times of annual leave general farm and garden duties will be shared by all facilities team members.

Person Specification


  • At least 5 years’ experience in a relevant environment.
  • Good level of knowledge and skill in general maintenance and repair
  • Knowledge of health and safety legislation and requirements.
  • A proven ability to work flexibly and as part of a team.
  • Able to operate on own, using initiative to solve problems arising from workload.
  • A clear commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Computer literate
  • The post is subject to an enhanced CRB check


  • First-aid-at-work qualified.
  • Experience in a qualified trade (eg carpentry, plumbing, electrical).
  • Experience of looking after farm animals.
  • Good rapport with the general public.
  • An interest in the aims and mission of the organisation.
Posted on: 05 February 2020
Closed date: 02 March 2020
Job ref: 202002FFG01
Tags: Management, Operations