An assistant Head Gardener is sought to help maintain the grounds at a large private estate near Hampton Court Palace/ Hampton Wick. The grounds are approximately 5 acres, with intensive herbaceous borders and gardens around the house, with a conservatory, orchid house and propagation greenhouse. Wider meadows, woodland and orchard areas surround the property.
Good plant knowledge and husbandry skills are a must for this role, with a suitable horticultural qualification (RHS level 2 or equivalent). PA1/PA6 chemical spray certificate is desirable. You will work as part of a team or alone on tasks, always with a keen eye for detail. You will show willingness to be involved in all aspects of the garden and expectation to help with large jobs and team working as required. You will be keen to learn and develop your skills in all aspects of the garden. The garden team arranges flowers for the house and there is the scope to develop vegetable and fruit growing in the garden too. You will deputise for the Head Gardener to arrange work for the team when he is away.
Passionate about excellence with a high level of detail, self motivated, hard working, practical, a team player with the ability to work alone or in a team, able to work quietly, respectful of the owner’s privacy.
The successful candidate will have a wide knowledge and experience of horticultural techniques and skills. You will have experience of maintaining flowerbeds; planting/establishing plants; pruning shrubs; pruning and training climbers (safe ladder use); irrigation; lifting and dividing; pest, weed & disease control; grounds maintenance such as lawn and meadow maintenance; propagation and glasshouse work. Confident with machinery use.
This is not an exhaustive list, but represents a list of routine duties that the post holder will be required to perform on a regular basis. The post holder may be required to carry out additional duties under the direction of the Head Gardener, including occasional work at other properties when requested.
Reliable, keen to learn, quiet and confidential with information.
A flexible approach to work is needed as often plans need to be changed at short notice.
Having experience working in a public/private/historical garden is desired.
The role is offered subject to a six-month probation period. If this is successfully passed, a full time contract will be offered from that point. On site training will be provided as required. Working hours are 7.30am until 4.00pm with a half-hour lunch break, Monday to Friday. Some out-of-hours work will be required and this will be discussed at interview.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, please email by Friday 2nd September 2022 your statement of interest and CV to email@example.com addressing the requirements detailed in the job description above and specifications attached. You may wish to expand on any special skills, qualifications and experience that you have gained from employment or by other means. Please include contact details, as well as current and expected salaries. We are looking to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. All applicants will be notified, by approximately two weeks after closing date.