Professional Head Gardener
| Location: Glenbervie, Stonehaven | Closing date : 16/09/18 | Sector: Horticultural Specialist | Function: Gardener | Full time, Permanent | Salary: Up to £28K DOE
PROFESSIONAL HEAD GARDENER
A rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced professional head gardener on one of the most beautiful and inspiring private gardens in historic Kincardineshire.
These colourful gardens sit within a 2,000-acre working estate next to an historic family home which has been inhabited by the same family for centuries.
They are open to the public once a year for charity as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme, as well as some privately-arranged group tours.
The gardens require management to a high degree of detail in order to maintain and develop the standards expected by visitors, and the owners themselves.
The owners are seeking to employ a dynamic professional head gardener who will possess excellent horticultural knowledge and have experience of, or affinity with, historic gardens. You must have a passion for maintaining grounds to the highest standards and have the ability to organise the work required by both yourself and the current undergardener to successfully achieve this in line with the owners’ vision.
The varied areas of practical and skilled horticulture include a traditional walled garden and glasshouses, fruit/vegetables, roses, lawns, indoor fruit, plant propagation and pest/disease/weed control.
The heated historic greenhouses hold a prominent position within the walled garden. The ornamental display includes bananas, orchids, plumbago, begonias and pelargoniums to name but a few.
It is essential that you hold an academic horticultural qualification coupled with at least four years’ relevant work experience. In addition, PA1/PA6A certificates and a good working knowledge of propagation, IPM and indoor plant cultivation are a must. CS30/CS31 certificates are also desirable.
- Maintenance and development of large greenhouses and their displays;
- Maintenance and development of flower borders and lawn management;
- Cultivation of flowers, vegetables and fruit including propagation;
- Nursery area, work will include bringing on plants for sale at open day (not a commercial garden);
- Order work for undergardener and management of landscape maintenance contractor for family company;
- Accurate record keeping for all aspects of the garden;
- Initiation of maintenance and servicing of garden machinery and equipment;
- Research and development of plants to enhance and expand the garden’s potential; and
- Health and safety.
The ideal candidate should have a sound knowledge of plants and horticultural practices including some botanical plants experience as a preference. You will be highly self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic, with a hands-on and proactive can-do attitude. You will have excellent communication skills and have a sound understanding of health and safety requirements. The individual should be well organized and confident in managing people and workload, also keeping accurate records. The successful candidate must be able, not only to maintain the garden to the high standard required, but also must contribute to the overall conservation and development of the garden and its displays. You must be willing and able to work and join in as part of the wider team on the estate.
The role requires flexibility with hours dependent on workload and season.
Salary – Up to £28,000 depending on experience. Includes attractive benefits package and 2/3 bedroom tied cottage.
To apply please submit CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org