The Job: General Operative

Responsibilities /Duties:

The duties of the post relate to Meath County Council for which the Chief Executive is responsible. These duties, which may be altered from time to time, are to carry out,under direction of the Chief Executive, Director of Services, Engineer, Overseer, Foreman or nominated persons, all duties of a general, manual or allied nature as required in relation to roads, water services, environment, housing (including single rural housing and halting sites), local authority buildings, courthouses, river drainage, recreation and amenity as may be determined by the local authority.

These duties could include any of the following, however this list is not exhaustive:

be responsible for the safe keeping of all stores and equipment that has been allocated to him/her for the purpose of carrying out his/her duties;

patch-macadam, tar and chippings;

open water cuts;

mix mortar in concrete mixer;

use of wheelbarrow, yard brush, shovel, etc.;

surface dressing, road strengthening, sweep chips, traffic control;

drainage, road sewers, clean gullies;

treat road for oil spillage;

cut grass, lawnmower, strimmer;

lay pipes, ducting, water mains etc.;

assist in fencing;

spread gravel;

build walls, clean paint signs;

emergency work – required outside of normal working hours;

Implement plant maintenance duties as assigned;

Monitor plant performance;

Maintain plant records as assigned;

Undergo training for Health& Safety, technical skills and general performance as assigned;

Respond to emergencies as requested by Supervisor;

Be available for emergency call out outside normal working hours;

Carry out any other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor;

Be responsible for the maintenance of good work practices and working relationships;

Maintain and communicate information for the effective delivery of service;

Ensure compliance with organisational policies, procedures and legislation;

Support and participate in the establishment and maintenance of improved standards and qualityinitiatives;

Demonstrate flexibility and mobility consistent with the needs of the service;

Co-operate with the continued devolution of non-core craftwork from Craftworkers to General Operatives under the terms of the 1997 M.T.M.G. Agreement;

Co-operate with the familiarisation/instruction of other employees where appropriate;

Participate and co-operate with all training initiatives as required;

Manage and maintain resources effectively and efficiently;

Contribute to the development of effective teams;

To carry out works in the following areas:

o Housing & Building;

o Water & Sewerage;

o Roads & Transportation;

o Recreation & Amenity;

o Environmental Protection;

Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time;

A full clean driving licence may be an advantage.

Duties will be performed in accordance with quality initiatives and standards.


The Minister for the Environment and Local Government has declared that the qualifications for the position of General Operative, Meath County Council shall be as set out hereunder:-

Character:Each candidate must be of good character. Employment of the successful candidate shall be subject to satisfactory confidential reports.


Each candidate must be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Education/ experience, etc.:

The ideal candidate should have;

- Reached a standard of education sufficient to enable him/her to carry out the duties assigned to him/her.

- Have a good knowledge and previous experience in Safety, Health & Welfare at work and in dealing with the public

- Satisfactory experience relative to the duties outlined for a General Operative

- A full valid driving licence is not essential but desirable

Principal Conditions of Service

Type of Post:The creation of a panel from which either fixed-term contract or permanent positions may be filled.

Salary:€495.13 per week - €573.58

Starting pay for new entrants will be at the minimum of the scale. The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Please note that Pension Related Deduction (PRD) will apply to this post.


(a) there shall be a period after such appointments take effect during which such persons shall hold the position on probation,

(b) such period shall be nine monthsbut the Chief Executive may at his or her discretion extend such period,

(c)such persons shall cease to hold the position at end of the period of probation unless during such period, the manager has certified that the service of such persons is satisfactory.


FOR NEW ENTRANTS recruited on or after 1st January, 2013 as well as former public servants returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks. The Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 applies to your employment. The minimum pension age is set, initially, at 66 years and will rise in step with statutory changes in the State Pension Contributory age to 67 years in 2021 and 68 years in 2028. Your compulsory retirement age is 70.


'A' Officers/Non Officers

You are required in respect of superannuation to contribute at the rate of 3% of pensionable remuneration plus 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration (i.e. pensionable remuneration less twice the annual rate of State Pension contributory).

You are liable to pay the Class A rate of PRSI contribution.

Format of the Competition

Applications must be made on the official application forms and all sections must be completed in full. When completing the application form accuracy is essential as it will be used as a computer input document. The information you supply in the application form will play a central part of the shortlisting process. Meath County Council's decision to include you on the shortlist of candidates going forward to stage two of the process may be determined based on this information.

Where, by reason of the number of persons seeking admission to the competition and the standard of knowledge, training or experience in general of such persons, Meath County Council consider that it would be reasonable not to admit all the persons to the competition, Meath County Council may admit to the competition only persons who appear likely to them to attain in the competition a standard sufficient for selection and recommendation for appointment.

The admission of a person to a competition, or invitation to attend an interview, is not to be taken as implying that Meath County Council are satisfied that such person fulfils the requirements of the Regulations or is not disqualified by law from holding the position and does not carry a guarantee that your application will receive further consideration. It is important therefore, for you to note the onus is on you to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the competition before attending for interview. If you do not meet these essential entry requirements but nevertheless attend for interview you will be putting yourself to unnecessary expense, as Meath County Council will not be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred.

The competition may consist of a two-stage process:

1. Short-listing

2. Competitive interview

Meath County Council may at their discretion require candidates to attend a preliminary interview in which case admission to the competitive interview would be conditional on candidates reaching such a standard as Meath County Council considered appropriate in the preliminary interview.

Interviews shall be conducted by Board(s) set up by Meath County Council. The Board(s) will assess the merits of candidates (except insofar as they are assessed otherwise) in respect of matters referred to in the prescribed Qualifications and any other relevant matters. Before making its final assessment a Board may recall a candidate for further questioning. Any such further attendance shall be regarded as part of the interview. Only candidates who reach such a standard as Meath County Council consider satisfactory in the competitive interview shall be considered for selection.

Before being recommended for appointment candidates shall satisfy Meath County Council that they possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and where administrative experience is a requirement a high standard of administrative capacity) for the proper discharge of the duties of the position. Meath County Council may, at their discretion, select and recommend another person(s) for appointment on the results of this competition if the person recommended for appointment does not accept the appointment or, having accepted it, relinquishes it or if an additional vacancy arises.

The onus is on all applicants to make themselves available for the obligatory test(s) on the date(s) specified by Meath County Council and to make whatever arrangements are necessary to ensure that they receive communications sent to them at the address specified on their application form.

Canvassing will disqualify.

General Information

Meath County Council will not be responsible for any expense, including travelling expenses, candidates may occur in connection with their candidature.

Candidates shall undergo such medical examinations (which may include special tests) as Meath County Council consider necessary. Medical Examiners will be nominated by Meath County Council. Candidates will be required to pay the fee for any general medical examination or, unless determine otherwise, the fee for any examination by a medical specialist or for any special test and on receipt of bill, Meath County Council will re-imburse the candidate. Candidates must comply, at their own expense, with such remedial requirements as Meath County Council consider necessary.

Closing Date:

The completed application must be forwarded by email to generaloperativecomp@meathcoco.ieso as to reach Meath County Council, Human Resources Section, County Hall, Navan, Co. Meath not later than 5.00pm Wednesday 6th July 2016.Any application form sent by post should be posted in sufficient time to ensure delivery by this deadline. Allegations of loss or delay will not be considered unless supported by a Certificate of Posting. The cost of postage must be borne by the applicant.

Deeming of candidature to be withdrawn:

Candidates who do not attend for interview or other test when and where required by Meath County Council, or who do not, when requested, furnish such evidence as Meath County Council require in regard to any matter relevant to their candidature, will have no further claim to consideration.

Data Protection Act, 1988:

When your application form is received, we create a computer record in your name, which contains much of the personal information you have supplied. Should your name come under consideration for a post, a manual file will then be created. The personal records are used solely in processing your candidature.

Such information held on computer is subject to the rights and obligations set out in the Data Protection Act, 1988. You are entitled under this Act to obtain, at any time, a copy of information about you, which is kept on computer. Under the Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003, you are entitled to a copy of information about you held in a structured filing system. The charge is €6.35 for each request. You should enclose a cheque or postal order payable to Meath County Council and address your request to: the data protection co-ordinator, MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL, COUNTY HALL, NAVAN, CO. MEATH

Certain items of information, not specific to any individual, are extracted from records for general statistical purposes.


Subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997 and 2003 applications will be treated in strict confidence.