Assistant Head Gardener

Penshurst, Tonbridge
Dependent on experience
12 Sep 2017
12 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Penshurst Place is one of the oldest family owned estates in the country set in 2500 acres of rural Kent countryside. It is a top visitor attraction, wedding and events venue, and a working country estate. This historically important private house and garden is open to visiting public through much of the year. The 700 year old gardens include a C17th 11 acre walled garden laid out in ‘rooms’  surrounded by yew hedges, Elizabethan formal lawns and parterres, informal meadow style planting, historic parkland, and watercourses and ponds.

An ASSISTANT HEAD GARDENER is required to work within an experienced team of gardeners. The Assistant Head Gardener will work under the direction of our Head Gardener and will assist him in ensuring the historic gardens of Penshurst Place are kept to a high standard.

We are looking for a horticulturist who has a horticultural qualification or similar experience at level 3 and PA1/PA6 spraying licence. This role would suit a candidate who is looking to looking to further their career by developing their horticultural and staff management skills.

It is important that the candidate is keen and enthusiastic about gardening and willing to learn and develop their skills. He/she should have good general plant knowledge and horticultural ability as well as being comfortable working around the general public.

Areas of responsibility include deputising in the Head Gardener’s absence, the supervision of staff and apprentice, general gardening duties suck as mowing and hedge trimming, assisting in maintaining a children’s play area and assisting in the management of the greenhouse and the supply of house plants.

HOURS – Generally 39 hours per week, Mon to Fri occasional weekend duties
HOLIDAYS – 28 days per year plus Bank Holidays
SALARY - Dependent on experience)

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