Cemetery Operative

Ashton Recruitment require a Cemetery Operative for our client based in Belfast

Position: Cemetery Operative

Location: Belfast

Duration: Temporary

Rate of Pay: £12.80 per hour

Hours of Work: 37 hours

Duties include (but not limited to):

When undertaking cremation duties:

  • To carry out necessary checks before cremation on identification and to supervise the correct placing of the coffin onto the catafalque by the family or Funeral Directors.
  • To ensure safe operation and routine maintenance of cremators and auxiliary equipment such as fans, smoke indicators, reducing machine and catafalque etc including minor repairs and identifying and reporting any irregularities with equipment.
  • To store ashes prior to disposal, to check ashes for final disposal, to pack ashes for despatch and to remove metal objects from cremated remains. To dispose of cremated remains as instructed, including the burial and scattering of ashes in the cemetery.
  • To carry out minor clerical work including completion of ‘in house’ forms giving cremation details.
  • To clean and tidy cremator room, chapel, waiting room, Book of Remembrance Room and other areas within the Crematorium, and maintain the floral displays.

When undertaking chapel duties:

  • To check the daily list of services and ensure that the Chapel is prepared according to the type of service that will be conducted. To set out correctly the times of the services and the names of the deceased onto the daily information board.
  • Show the family mourners to their seats in the chapel and assist as required with the transfer of the coffin from the hearse to the catafalque and escort the mourners from the Chapel at the end of the service via the exit corridor and floral tributes hall.
  • To assist in the Funeral Service as placing, for example, making short announcements and pressing the committal button and to operate and coordinate different music formats, that is, CDs and other relevant media types, to meet the requirements of both the minister and family representatives during the funeral service.

When undertaking grave digging and gardening duties

  • To identify and check grave spaces and report irregularities to the Community Parks Supervisor and/or Cemetery Manager.
  • To excavate grave by use of appropriate tools, for example, shovels, spades and other tools including powered tools and plant such as mechanical excavator, Kango hammers, water pump to appropriate depth.

Essential Criteria-

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms, be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year’s relevant experience in each of the following areas:

  1. a) commercial horticultural work, for example, grass cutting, hedge trimming, turfing and seed sowing, planting, sweeping, removal of litter and rubbish etc; and
  2. b) dealing with members of the public in a tactful and sensitive manner, in a similar environment, for example, funeral parlour, cemetery, park, etc.

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