Cemeteries and Crematorium Technician – Peterborough

Job Category: Other jobs
Reference HQ00021579
Directorate Peterborough City Council
Service Peterborough City Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 months initially
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 02/08/2021
Hours per week 37
Rate £10.00 per hour

About the Role:

We are recruiting on behalf of Peterborough City Council a Cemeteries and Crematorium Technician, to provide assistance with grounds maintenance and horticulture duties at the crematorium.


  • To assist the Cemeteries Supervisor with the day-to-day functions of operating the cemeteries, including representing the Authority at burials, liaising with bereaved families, funeral directors and contractors.
  • To provide assistance with grounds maintenance and horticulture duties at the crematorium including the erection and maintenance of memorials.
  • To carry out memorial safety checks within all the Council’s cemeteries and closed churchyards to an agreed procedure.


  • To assist in the provision of our burial service by liaising, as required, with the Bereavement Compliance Team and contractors to provide burials at specific times and in accordance with statutory and Health and Safety legislation.
  • To represent the authority at burials to ensure all statutory and Health and Safety issues are complied with.
  • To meet memorial masons at any of the Council’s cemeteries, to oversee the installation of new memorials on graves, also to ensure correct construction and lettering and that the memorial complies with the specifications of the memorial permit.
  • To assist the Cemeteries Supervisor, and liaise with Aragon Direct Services, to ensure that the burial service is provided, and the Cemetery grounds and closed churchyards are maintained, to a high standard.
  • To meet, at any of the Council’s cemeteries, members of the public to locate graves or to identify a burial plot for an imminent burial.
  • To carry out memorial safety checks within all the Council’s cemeteries, and closed churchyards, to an agreed procedure including liaising with the grave leaseholders and, where necessary, making safe, or supervising the repair of, the memorials.
  • To participate in a standby rota and attend out of hours operations including arranging and attending out of hours burial services, arranging access to premises and if required, to cover for annual or sick leave, arrange the opening and closing of premises on Sunday mornings.
  • To assist, during home visits, the Bereavement Compliance Manager with Public Health Funerals.
  • To lock and unlock, as required, the gates at all the Council’s cemeteries.
  • To assist in the marking out of graves and new burial sections.
  • To represent the burial service at special functions and services relating to the service or occurring at one of the cemeteries or closed churchyards.
  • To carry out horticulture duties in the crematorium grounds including grass cutting; sweeping; planting; hedge cutting; pruning and maintenance of roses, shrubs and trees; weeding; leaf clearing, watering of plants and litter picking.
  • As required to erect, clean and maintain memorials within the crematorium grounds
  • To comply with all Health and Safety at work requirements as laid down by the employer.
  • To carry out all responsibilities with regard to the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedures and Customer Care Policy
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety in the work place and in particular manual handling (A/I).
  • Knowledge of amenity horticulture procedures and practices (A/I)
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of good customer care (A/I).
  • The ability to work as part of a team (A/I).
  • Effective written and oral communication skills (A/I).
  • Ability to maintain accurate records (A/I).
  • Ability to lift, using correct manual handling techniques, memorials or sections of memorials and testing equipment (A/I).
  • The ability to operate a range of amenity horticulture machinery (A/I)
  • Experience of dealing with the public (A/I).
  • Experience of working out of doors in all weather conditions (A/I).
  • Experience of working in an amenity horticulture environment (A/I)
  • • A willingness to attend and pass NAMM courses on memorial testing and re-fixing within 6 months of appointment (A/I).
  • Ability to work flexible hours (A/I).
  • Clean full driving licence and own car.
  • Candidates must demonstrate understanding of, acceptance and commitment to the principles underlying equal opportunities (A/I).
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective customer care (A/I).
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates from commencement
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
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