Job type

Cemetery worker

£17k - £25k

Typical salary

41 – 43

Hours per week

Cemetery workers prepare and maintain graves and memorial sites.

More info

  • Requires physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity, the ability to accept criticism and to work well under pressure.
  • Option to join the Cemetery Operatives Training Scheme
  • Work involved can be physically demanding, and may require the use of heavy machinery and chemicals

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • 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

DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

Your working environment may be outdoors often in all weathers and by physically demanding. Some aspects of the job may involve the use of heavy machinery and chemicals.

You'll need

This role requires physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity, the ability to accept criticism and to work well under pressure.

There are no set entry requirements for this role. You can apply directly for a job as a cemetery worker, if you've got some of the relevant skills needed for this role. You don't need any particular qualifications, although some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English. You'll need to be able to deal sensitively with bereaved people. It can also be useful if you have experience in landscaping, gardening or use of a mechanical mini digger. Once you're working, your employer will arrange for you to follow the Cemetery Operatives Training Scheme.

You could also work towards this role by doing an intermediate apprenticeship for horticulture and landscape operatives.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With experience, you could progress to being a supervisor. If your job involves clerical duties, you could train for progression into cemetery administration.