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Forrest Street Depot Forrest Street Blantyre, G72 0JP
£14.26 - £15.43 per hour
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

Job Description

Community and Enterprise Resources are seeking to appoint Cemetery Operatives within our Bereavement Services team based at Forrest Street, Blantyre.

The successful applicant will be working in a small team and as such due to the extremely sensitive nature of working in cemeteries the successful candidate is expected to perform tasks in a dignified and professional manner.  Applicants should be aware when applying for this role it requires you to be working daily with the bereaved and it is a requirement to be mindful of the sensitivities and heightened emotions for those who are using/visiting our premises.  This is a front-line role, and you may be approached by those affected in what is the most distressing time for them, as such you should bear this in mind when considering applying for this post.


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Equal Opportunities and Armed Forces Community Covenant

South Lanarkshire Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages applications from all members of the community. As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum competency/behaviour requirements for the position.

South Lanarkshire Council is committed to providing support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families which is set out in the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Veterans are guaranteed an interview who meet the minimum requirements for the position

Foreign Police Check

Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.


The main roles and responsibilities will include the following:

  • assist with the identification of lairs.
  • excavation of lairs in line with safe digging practises as prescribed in the Council SSOW and COTS.
  • assistance with interments including the backfilling of lairs, lair make up and the installation of new foundations for headstone placement.
  • undertake basic grounds maintenance duties when not doing cemetery associated tasks.

Experience of using mini excavators and/or dumpers is desirable.   Training will be provided on Cemetery Operative Training Scheme (COTS) if required and on the use of hydraulic shoring.

The service provides interments throughout the year and in all types of weather.  Service provision includes public holidays and weekends, it is therefore an essential criterion that the successful candidate is expected to be available to work during these times and conditions.

The Individual

As an employee of South Lanarkshire Council you would also receive a wide range of benefits including:

  • Enrolment in award winning local government pension scheme
  • Up to 33 days annual leave
  • Public holiday entitlement (up to 10 days)
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Family friendly policies - flexible working, including consideration of a condensed working weeks e.g 4 day working week, maternity/paternity leave, enhanced leave.
  • Employee Discounts – including discounts at the cinema.
  • Range of benefits to support you (Cycle to Work Scheme, Physiotherapy, Employee Assistance Program which offers practical and emotional support)
  • Disability Confident Employer - Employer
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  • Scottish Living Wage
  • Carer Positive Employer in Scotland - Engaged