Position Description: Grounds and Maintenance Person

Milkwood Steiner School

Annual Remuneration: $17,611.20

8 hours/week (flexible distribution of hours over the week),

1 year contract commencing 2023 with the option of extending to future years

Milkwood Steiner School is situated on Larrakia land (Darwin), in the tropical north of Australia delivering a Steiner Curriculum to over 100 students from Kindergarten to Class 7. Our school has unique large tropical style buildings that open out on to broad verandas, with a playground that extends to a beautiful native bushland, on 0.85 hectare site.

We are a thriving, growing school, with a welcoming community and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our College of Teachers are committed to applying the richness of a Steiner Education to the unique cultural and environmental context of Australia’s Top End.

The Grounds and Maintenance Person brings a values of sustainability into their practice, and oversees the care for the school’s physical environment in ways that align with Milkwood’s values. The Grounds and Maintenance Person can work independently, with well-developed skills in problem-solving. They have the skills to recognise, prevent and alleviate associated with all grounds and maintenance processes, and the ability to maintain a pleasant and positive environment within the school. The Grounds and Maintenance Person enjoys working in a school environment and enjoys interaction with children and staff with an excellent understanding of child-safety and wellbeing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work effectively with the College of Teachers, Principal and Administration Staff
  • Ensure that the aesthetics and management of Milkwood’s grounds and assets reflect the cultural values of Milkwood Steiner School and support teaching and learning.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an Annual Plan for grounds maintenance, in collaboration with the Principal, Finance Manager and WHS Officer
  • Maintain Milkwood Steiner School’s grounds and assets to the standard required by the Principal, and to all safety standards and requirements in accordance with Milkwood’s WHS Policy. Common tasks include:
    • Maintenance and care of lawn, paved areas, pathways
    • Upkeep of garden beds
    • Management and safe distribution of fertilisers and pest control
    • Maintenance of reticulation and watering systems
    • Supervision of 4 community working bees per year
    • Liaise with external contractors as required
    • A broad range of maintenance tasks, including but not limited to carpentry, painting, gardening and other task
  • Maintain accurate records and comply with reporting requirements of the role
  • Attend relevant meetings at the discretion of the Principal.
  • On occasion, the grounds and maintenance person may be invited to work with students and teachers. Examples include but are not limited to facilitating the building of new garden beds or compost systems with a class and their teacher, providing instructions to students about care and maintenance of the grounds.
  • Identify and make recommendations to the Principal for improvements of Milkwood Steiner School’s grounds and assets.


Key Selection Criteria

The applicant must have a current Ochre Card, National Police Check and current First Aid certificate (or ability to obtain)


  1. Ochre Card and Police Check
  2. Qualifications or experience in Horticulture
  3. Ability to operate and maintain gardening and maintenance machinery and equipment in accordance with WHS requirements
  4. Organisational skills including the ability to prioritise tasks and work independently
  5. Maintenance skills and experience that would enable the completion of day to day maintenance tasks
  6. A love for working with children and an interest in becoming a member of our school community


  1. Medium Rigid Licence
  2. An interest in additional paid hours of work, as required

Enquiries and applications to principal@milkwood.nt.edu.au

Applications to include

  • Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria
  • CV and registration documents
  • 2 referees

Applications due 12 December 2022.


Relief  Teachers

We are seeking enthusiastic, flexible and caring teachers to join our teaching team on a casual basis. You must be a registered teacher in the NT to work at Milkwood. Please email principal@milkwood.nt.edu.au with a letter of introduction, CV, TRB number, Ochre Card and 2 references.


Relief Support Staff

Relief support staff are needed to work as casual Teacher Assistants, Playgroup Leaders, After School Care Leaders and Assistants, and in Administrative roles. Please email principal@milkwood.nt.edu.au with a letter of introduction, CV, Ochre Card and 2 references.