Experienced Gardener - Live Out - EC6650
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a small team on an impressive and unique private estate in East Sussex. This opportunity would suit qualified and experienced gardeners with an interest and/or experience in ‘naturalistic’ gardens and organic garden management.
Managed organically, the estate consists largely of meadow and meadow-style plantings, with native hedges and specimen trees, fruit and vegetable gardens, ponds, glasshouse and an Orangery. The 4-acre ornamental garden is set within a 20-acre garden, within the wider context of the surrounding estate, itself managed for conservation and wildlife with low-intensity farming and semi-natural habitat restoration. The desire is for the garden to blend into the wider landscape, with a key focus on the sensitivities of native ecology and methods by which to provide long term natural habitats. Innovative use of native species and on-going ‘design’ is therefore a constant source of interest for the gardening staff, owners and visitors alike.
Suitable applicants will hold an academic horticultural qualification at level 2 or above, good plant knowledge, and be experienced with a wide range of gardening machinery and horticultural techniques. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an interest in a ‘naturalistic’ gardening style and organic management principles. Enthusiasm, attention to detail, a good sense of humour and a sense of enquiry are required for success in this role.
Main duties and responsibilities of a garden team member include the maintenance and development of a range of garden areas to a high standard, using specialist horticultural skills. The successful candidate should be able to manage their own workload, plan and prioritise effectively and use initiative to facilitate the team in achieving overall goals on the estate. The supervision and guidance of garden trainees, students and casual staff may be required of all team members at times, so applicants must be positive in attitude, helpful in manner, and must have a willingness to disseminate their knowledge when such opportunities arise.
Candidates must be physically fit, able to work within applicable health and safety standards and have a commitment to personal and professional development. A full driving licence is required for this role.
This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in a progressive, innovative and environmentally beneficial garden, the likes of which are likely to set a shining example to estate gardens of the future.
SALARY: Circa £25,000 DOE
LOCATION: Wadhurst, East Sussex
JOB No: EC6650
If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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