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Experienced Gardener (GC1) South East England

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
England, Hampshire
£23000 - £25000 per annum + pension, flexible working, life assurance
Closing date
11 Jun 2022

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We are currently recruiting for 2 mobile gardeners covering:
  • Hampshire ideally located in the Portsmouth area
  • Sussex ideally located in the Hastings area
  • Full time permanent contracts, 37 hours a week
  • Starting salary of up to £24,500 dependent on skills and experience

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two experienced and capable gardeners to join our team maintaining our iconic horticultural plots at cemeteries and churchyards across the South East of England to our universally admired high standards.

You must be a keen horticulturist, in possession of excellent practical knowledge and a broad breadth of experience. You will be hard working, highly motivated and enjoy being part of a dedicated, enthusiastic skilled team. Most of all we would like you to bring a proactive and flexible approach to the role and to integrate well into the team.

Pesticide Certificates (PA1 and PA6) are required for these roles, and the Commission is willing to provide the necessary support and training to gain these qualifications.

These are mobile roles, so travelling and spending nights out may be necessary at times. We pay for hotel accommodation, as well as allowances to cover expenses.

We offer you:
  • Generous holiday allocation, with 25 days annual leave rising by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30
  • Paid time off for all the public and bank holidays & paid closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Uniform, wet weather gear, PPE, van and tools and equipment
  • Great training and career development opportunities
  • Generous pension scheme with employer contributions up to 15%
  • Life Assurance cover of up to 6 x salary
  • Enhanced Sick Pay Scheme
  • A comprehensive range of Employee Benefits such as a 24-hour wellbeing helpline, Discount Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme

We are looking for:
  • Demonstrable experience or training of at least NVQ2 or similar
  • An excellent understanding of horticultural techniques and plant identification
  • An ability to maintain and demonstrate the highest horticultural standards
  • An understanding of Health & Safety and knowledge of sustainable garden practices
  • Extensive experience with the use and care of a wide range of garden machinery
  • A good work ethic - reliable, punctual, hardworking and able to work in all types of weather
  • A full driving licence is essential
  • PA1/PA6 spraying certificates an advantage
  • The role is practical and hands-on and requires commitment and a decent level of physical fitness

How to apply:

Please visit our website Careers page, where you will find a full Job Description, Recruitment Pack and full details of how to apply.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time once we receive sufficient applications and encourage all interested applicants to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to creating a respectful work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where any unlawful and/or unfair discrimination is eliminated. We will not unlawfully discriminate directly or indirectly in recruitment or employment on grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, age, sexual orientation or marital status, religion or belief.
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