Grounds & Maintenance

Job posted: 21/11/2022
Applications close: 04/12/2022 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Ballarat

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Facilities Management

Reference: 1316975

Reference: 1316975

Occupation: Facilities Management

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Ballarat

Selection Criteria

SC1. Demonstrated ability in the safe use of gardening and motorised equipment as relevant to the position.

SC2. Demonstrated reliability, punctuality and ability to work independently and manage time appropriately.

SC3. Capacity to undertake routine tasks across a range of maintenance and gardening functions.

SC4. Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support staff and external contractors.

SC5. Highly developed interpersonal skills related to working in an environment that includes staff, students and visitors.


Under the direction of the Manager of Maintenance, the Grounds & Maintenance Support Worker Work will carry out projects which improve the quality of the school’s grounds and create a physical environment which enhances learning spaces and engenders pride in our school.


  • Perform priority maintenance tasks as directed.
  • Work through a schedule of regular tasks including checking maintenance lists.
  • Maintain the school grounds, including landscaping, gardening, weed removal and mowing responsibilities.
  • Pick up and deliver goods using a school vehicle.
  • Test the schools pool as required.
  • Liaise with contractors who can assist with the maintenance of the grounds and grounds’ equipment.
  • Check the school grounds on a regular basis to ensure the school’s grounds are safe.
  • Keep storage facilities OHS compliant, clean and tidy.
  • Ensure that all building equipment, mowing equipment, garden tools, etc. are maintained and secured where appropriate.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

What can you expect from our school?

  • Our school has a strong focus on assisting our students to reach their full potential.  We are committed to the development of our Education Support staff with professional development programs offered in relevant areas.
  • You will be part of a vital, stimulating and challenging learning environment.  The skills you bring to this environment will be accepted and used.
  • Our school has a committed School Council and we share a good relationship with our broader school community.

 Preparing your application:

Applicants must hold a current type ‘E’ Working with Children Check Card.  In your application you must include both the name on your Working with Children Card and the actual card number.

Your application should persuade us that you are the best person for this position.  It does not need to be long but should help us to decide if you would fit easily into our school philosophy and learning and teaching team. If you are submitting hardcopies of your application, please provide the school with four copies of your application.

Applicants must respond to the Key Selection Criteria for this position in their application.  If you do not address the selection criteria you may not be offered an interview.

You are also requested to name two confidential referees that we can contact for further information.

Our selection process:

After the closing date, our Selection Panel will meet and consider the applications submitted by applicants.  The Panel will short list applicants for interview, interviews will be conducted and referees contacted prior to a decision being made.  If offered an interview you will be expected to present your current type “E” Working with Children’s Check card.

The successful applicant will complete a Validation of Personal Information declaration and a Pre-Employment Health declaration.

Hours of Employment:

38 hours per week

This employee is required to work an additional 30 days during school holiday periods.  A leave purchasing allowance will be paid for these days.

All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.

Applicants must hold a current Victorian Drivers licence.

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Location Profile

Ballarat Specialist School caters for students aged from 3 and 18 years who have a diagnosed intellectual disability ranging from mild to profound.  Ballarat Specialist School is a dual-campus K-12 school organised around three stages of learning - Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 13-15) and Senior School (Ages 16-18). Our Early Learning to Middle School students are accommodated on our main Gillies Street Campus. Our Senior School students are located at our 8.09 hectare FARM Campus in Norman Street. Our current enrolment is approximately 442 students.

Our school's mission is "Achieving Personal Success Together". We strive to enable our students and staff to reach their full potential in a safe, stimulating and flexible learning environment. Our educational programs provide a balanced and personalised curriculum where student achievement is acknowledged and celebrated.  

Ballarat Specialist School provides an inclusive and rigorous learning program that challenges and engages students to grow as passionate learners.  The school's teaching and learning programs are underpinned by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, The Victorian Curriculum and the Victorian pathways Certificate.  A comprehensive curriculum, with a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy, is embedded into curriculum maps for each of the three mini-schools within the school. Each curriculum map is designed to meet the learning needs of students at their individual stages of learning. This is supported by Individual Education Plans for all students. Communication is a keystone of all learning and curriculums within the school.  The school's pedagogy reflects current research, and best practice is enacted to maximise student learning outcomes.  Our teaching and learning programs are anchored in a gradual release of responsibility model to enable our students to become independent and lifelong learners.  Through Professional Learning Communities, Ballarat Specialist School teachers invest in the collective application of curriculum, assessment, shared learning, reflection and they engage in inquiry about student work. 

Our specialist programs include: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education (PE) and Hospitality. The school also operates two cafés open to the public. The Special Treats Café is located at our Gillies St. campus and the FARM Café is located at our Norman street FARM campus.  We also have a school based Op shop (Vintage Soul) that operates from our FARM Campus. Through these enterprises, we can offer students pathways to future employment as these school-based work areas and programs are connected to the specific delivery of Certificate II Courses through local TAFE institutes. The courses conducted onsite are Kitchen Operations, Retail, Horticulture, Visual Arts, Sport & Recreation, Retail, and Life skills (Cert I).

Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s) are developed by the Student Support Group, which comprises parents and carers, outside agencies, and school staff. The IEPs are then implemented by school staff, including Classroom Teachers and Classroom Assistants and supported by the Integrated Service Team.

Grounds & Maintenance

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Mat Gannon | 03 53341302

Grounds & Maintenance