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Horticulture & Grounds Maintenance Officer

Salesian College
School Services Officer

About the role

Applications must be submitted at:

Applications close Wednesday 29th May 2024



A dynamic, joy-filled Catholic learning community, Salesian College inspires all boys to strive for excellence in the spirit of Don Bosco.


Salesian College Chadstone is a Catholic School for boys in the Salesian tradition. We welcome all boys and their families, celebrate diversity and promote relationships built on mutual respect. All in the community are treated as valued partners in laying the foundation for life-long learning. We celebrate the achievements of all within an environment of joy and optimism.

Salesian College Chadstone is committed to building a caring community which:

  • Ensures that a Catholic and Salesian ethos underpins all aspects of College life within an atmosphere of respect for all
  • Promotes initiative, a spirit of enquiry and a desire to strive for academic excellence through innovative and supportive teaching
  • Provides students and staff with every opportunity to develop all aspects of each individual
  • Practices wise governance, strategic leadership and fair processes; and
  • Works in partnership with parents, families, past pupils, parishes, educational and ecclesiastical institutions and other civic agencies.


  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Belonging
  • Joy
  • Dynamism

Salesian College is a Child Safe School in accordance with Ministerial Order 1359

Salesian College provides employees, volunteers and clergy with regular and appropriate opportunities to develop their knowledge of, openness to and ability to address child safety matters. This includes induction, ongoing training and professional learning in accordance with Ministerial Order 1359 to ensure that everyone understands and is compliant in their professional and legal obligations and responsibilities, and the procedures for reporting suspicion of child abuse and neglect.


The Horticulture & Grounds Maintenance Officer promotes the vision and mission of Salesian College and contributes to its educational goals by creating, maintaining and developing a safe, pleasant, attractive and functional physical environment.

The Horticulture & Grounds Maintenance Officer works in the context of and contributes to the College’s Facilities Team and supports the Facilities Manager in providing timely and thorough management and maintenance of the College’s grounds across two campuses of Salesian College to ensure that they are maintained to the highest standard and are prepared for the variety of internal and external activities in which the students at the School engage.


Support the maintenance of grounds, gardens, playing services and other outdoor areas.

• Assist with general maintenance at the College.


The incumbent will preferably possess appropriate qualifications in horticulture and/or grounds management and have significant experience and knowledge in these areas. Experience working within a school environment is desirable. Necessary qualities for this position include strong communication and organisational skills, an ability to interact well with people, an enthusiasm for the environment and a strong work ethic.

The incumbent will report to the Facilities Manager on a day to day basis, and is expected to be supportive of the philosophy of Catholic education and must have a:

• Current Working with Children Check

• Current National Police Record Check from Victoria Police

• Diploma qualification in Horticulture is preferred

• Current Victorian Drivers Licence (Light Rigid Licence preferable)

• Chemical Users Certificate is desirable

• Strong understanding of horticultural practices including plant identification and nutrition

• Pest & disease identification

• Strong demonstrated understanding of turf maintenance

• Good Knowledge of garden design

• Good communication and interpersonal skills

• Use, maintenance and basic repair of various hand tools and machinery

• Operate a range of equipment to complete routine and non-routine tasks

• Strong attention to detail

• Assigned tasks carried out in a safe and effective manner

• School gardens are maintained to the highest standard

• Working as part of a diverse team and working autonomously with limited supervision

• A reliable and dependable person who demonstrates professional integrity at all times

• Strong level of proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)


The Successful applicant will demonstrate evidence of:

1. A capacity to understand of Catholic identity, Salesian charism and College values in all aspects of College life.

2. A commitment to Child Safety and the welfare of young people and an understanding of Child Safety legislation and responsibilities.

3. Current Victorian Drivers Licence (Light Rigid Licence preferable).

4. Strong demonstrated understanding of turf maintenance.

5. Strong understanding of horticultural practices including plant identification and nutrition.

6. Strong level of proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).


Applicants should submit:

  • A covering letter of no more than one page outlining subject areas and why the application is being submitted. Curriculum Vitae.
  • Response to the Selection Criteria (responses to the criteria should not exceed two A4 pages).
  • The names and contact details of three relevant referees including most recent Principal, if applicable.
  • Applications addressed to Mr Mark Ashmore, Principal, Salesian College Chadstone at

Applications for this role must be received no later than: 4.00PM Wednesday 29th May 2024

Any enquiries about the roles should be directed to Peter Knight – Facilities Manager via

Applications close

29th May 2024


Contact details

PrincipalMr Mark Ashmore
Phone9807 2644
Address10 Bosco Street
Chadstone, 3148