Cemetery worker Gravedigger
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Cemetery workers prepare and maintain graves and memorial sites.
1. Entry requirements
Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English.
It'll be useful to have some relevant experience like gardening or using a mechanical mini digger, and you may need a driving licence.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- the ability to use (or learn to use) mechanical digging equipment
- a polite and tactful manner
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- measuring and marking out grave spaces
- using a mechanical excavator and hand tools to dig and prepare graves
- keeping graves tidy
- checking headstones for damage and removing those that are unsafe
- maintaining lawns, verges and plants around the cemetery
- working with other funeral and cemetery staff
Starter: £11,000 to £17,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may also need to work at weekends and will be outdoors in all weathers.
This role can be physically demanding. Some aspects of the job may involve the use of heavy machinery and chemicals.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to being a supervisor. If your job involves clerical duties, you could train for progression into cemetery administration.
You could also join the Cemetery Operatives Training Scheme.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018