Monday , December 11 2023

MOJ Jobs – Specialist Production, Horticulture

Website Ministry of Justice

Job Description:

The job holder will be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, harvesting and cultivating of the establishments gardens, ensuring protected cropping is grown and harvested to the highest standards and assess accredited vocational qualifications to prisoners.

This is a non-operational job in an establishment with no line management responsibilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Induct prisoners to the workshop/area of work and train them in aspects such as Health and Safety, Control of Substance Hazardous to health (COSHH), machinery and tools usage.
  • Complete administration activities to support the smooth running of the workshop.
  • Set work schedules and manage targets/quality standards, maintaining delivery of contractual arrangements.
  • Supervise and maintain discipline of prisoners within workshop/area of work, responsible for performance, motivation, discipline, appraisal and development of prisoners.
  • Open and complete Assessment Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) forms, Violence Reduction Incident Reports (VRIR) and Security Information Reports (SIRs) when required and contribute to Incentive Earned Privileges (IEP) reports. OR-JES-246-JD-B4 : SPI : Commercial Horticulture v8.0
  • Maintain effective biological pest control measures and any necessary chemical crop protection programmes.
  • Resolve any prisoner work issues, setting task to match their ability whilst ensuring safety and production is maintained at all times.
  • Maintain the growing plant/crop to ensure optimum development and/or cropping, ensuring that the plants needs are fully met.
  • Ensure produce grown on-site is prepared and packaged appropriately, taking into consideration appropriate labelling, grading and overall presentation.
  • Complete regime monitoring information and update prisoner training records.
  • Initiate product development reviews to maintain workshop/area of work output levels, and to provide variety of work and experience for prisoners.
  • May participate in the selection process of prisoners for the workshop/area of work.
  • Assess and evaluate skills of prisoners up to national qualification standards.
  • Contribute to prisoner reports including parole and sentence planning.
  • Maintain correct field-scale soil husbandry, ensuring all stages of crop development are followed in accordance with good horticultural practice.
  • Maintain regular communications via radio net in accordance with Local Security Strategy (LSS).
  • Request materials and estimate usage in order to meet work targets.
  • Will conduct a metal detector scan or rub down search of prisoners attending and leaving their own workshops.
  • Maintain sports fields as per agreed plan with both the Farms and Gardens Manager and PE Department.
  • Carry out fabric and tool checks of workshops and maintain security of areas, logging any tool/equipment faults. Undertake planned maintenance programme on machinery.
  • Participate in self-audit and in achieving Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs).
  • Contribute to Health and Safety risk assessments relating to the workshop/work of area and specialist areas.
  • Provide support for prisoners where required; tailor learning and training requirements to individual needs.

Job Requirements:

  • Basic Maths & Basic English
  • Must hold a full current United Kingdom (UK) driving license to enable tractor and other vehicle driving operations in the course of the post holder’s duties, in addition to prisoner instruction duties on farm vehicles.
  • IT Skills
  • When transferring to a Young Persons establishment the job holder will be required to successfully undertake an assessment to demonstrate suitability to work with Young People.
  • Must be conversant with soil and growing medium husbandry, crop protection, crop production technology, plant protection technology options, preparation of fresh produce for sale, including: grading, labelling and presentation.
  • Must have current knowledge of all relevant Health and Safety and Control of Substance Hazardous to health (COSHH) regulations.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Holding PA2 and PA6 pesticide qualifications would be a requirement.
  • Should have experience of using industrial standard machinery and equipment.
  • Staff must hold a Level 3 qualification in horticulture or a recognised horticultural industry equivalent, or be trained to the appropriate level within two years.
  • Must have experience in a supervisory role.

Job Details:

Company: Ministry of Justice

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Milton Keynes, England, UK

Application Deadline: N/A

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