Herm Island, Channel Islands
Attractive package including accommodation
26 Jan 2018
23 Feb 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

The Challenge

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone with good gardening skills to join our island team on a permanent basis to assist the Estate Manager with the running, maintenance and improvement of the islands award winning gardens (Britain in Bloom Gold Award and many other local awards).

This role would suit someone who wants to gain more knowledge/skills working with our experienced Estate Manager.

The Work Role

Guaranteed never a dull moment working in a healthy, outdoor environment with a commute time of just a few minutes!

The Gardener’s responsibilities mainly involve supporting the Estate Manager in the following areas:

  • The upkeep and maintenance of the Hotel gardens & grounds
  • Mowing of lawns
  • Tree maintenance
  • Maintaining holiday cottage gardens
  • Plant orders
  • Garden design
  • Floral displays for the pub, gift shop and beach cafes
  • Cricket pitch maintenance
  • Propagation

The Island Gardens

The island totals about 480 acres – see the numerous pictures on web site. The gardening team are responsible for the entire island as if it were a garden making use of the islands many microclimates for exotic planting. The main areas of responsibility are the Harbour Village area (Hotel, Shops, Tavern) and The Manor Village area (Self-catering and island residents).

Other areas include the Manor House private gardens, Beach Cafes and the entrance areas to the island – the harbour & Rosaire Steps).

Working Week

Five days 40 hours during the winter months increasing to 6 days 48 hours in season.


Enjoy wonderful beaches and walks, swimming after work in summer, fishing, dinghy sailing and many other outdoor activities. The hotel has a Tennis court. There is a Village Hall for use by islanders with a table tennis board.  There is a small gym for resident use only. The Mermaid Tavern is open for most of the year, except January – mid February. Good restaurants with a 25% discount on food for permanent island residents. Guernsey is just 20 minutes away by hourly ferry in summer and twice daily in winter with additional midday sailings on Wednesdays and Saturdays in winter. Nominal charge for out of high season visiting family in self-catering units.


An unfurnished, double-glazed and centrally heated flat will be provided with the only charge being for heating, electricity, gas and broadband.

The broadband charge is £120 per year (subject to review) and our utility charges are far lower than the UK.

The Rewards

This is an exciting and challenging position in a healthy environment with an idyllic lifestyle.  A realistic salary plus bonus, 4 weeks’ holiday, good rent-free housing, quad bike for work usage, (applicant must have full driving licence) low tax of 20% starting at 10K, no rates or council taxes and no need for a car! This represents a generous package when compared to UK salaries and living expenses.


February/March 2018

Selection Procedure

The Managing Director considers the selection of staff to be one of the most important aspects of the success of Herm Island. Therefore, applications should be as detailed as possible to ensure the recruitment of a suitable person who will work well with existing staff but also someone who will enjoy the island and all it has to offer.

A key issue is to ensure that if the applicant has a partner they are also able and willing to live in a relatively small and remote community.

On receipt of applications those short-listed will receive an initial telephone call from the Managing Director. A follow up call may be made by his wife to the applicant’s partner to discuss the many matters relating to island life - shopping, medical issues and working etc.

If shortlisted a 2-day interview will be held on the island (travel & accommodation costs at Herm’s expense).  The partner will need to attend the interview.

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