Head Gardener - Live In - EC3481

Skipton, North Yorkshire
£27,000 DOE + 3 Bed Cottage
31 May 2018
30 Jun 2018
Gardening Jobs
Full Time
Contract Type

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Head Gardener to join a beautiful private family estate near the historic market town of Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  This position comes with a 3 bedroom cottage.  The position would suit a qualified and time-served Head Gardener looking to impart their knowledge for the benefit of a small team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for one full-time and one part-time gardener on the five acre private property.  The garden comprises of terraced and walled gardens with lawns, mixed borders, roses, a kitchen garden, climbers and hedges of various sizes and species.

The role will entail management of the small team in terms of direction, supervision, scheduling of work and mentoring as necessary.  This is a hands-on position so you will be expected to undertake typical gardening tasks alongside your team, though the primary focus of the position is to utilise your knowledge by way of providing horticultural guidance.  As Head Gardener, you will also work with the estate team with regard to staffing, overall garden planning and management.

Applicants must possess good working and theoretical horticultural knowledge including propagation and seasonal plant management.  Applicants should have good plant identification skills and demonstrable experience of working on private estates at Senior or Head Gardener level.  A chainsaw license (CS30/31) and spraying certificates (PA1/PA6) are desirable but not essential, but a full and current driving licence is required.

Working hours are 08:00 to 17:00 Monday – Friday, with the usual requirement for overtime between spring and autumn.  Applicants must be willing to work in all weather conditions, be physically fit, and have a strong work ethic.  This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Head Gardener, Senior Gardener, Horticulturist or tutor, looking for a rewarding hands-on role in a beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  A three bedroom cottage is included as part of this generous offering, with rent paid by the client.


Thank you for the interest you have shown in this vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application will have been unsuccessful.