Recruitment Consultant

We are a friendly vibrant team who put collaboration and teamwork at the centre of everything we do. Our specialist agencies recruit for commercial horticulture as well as for many of the country’s most prestigious Gardens, both Horticruitment and English Country Gardeners have been established for over 30 years. We have gone from strength to strength through the pandemic and are now looking for successful recruiters to join the team. This role is perfect for an experienced recruiter looking to move into to a more consultative, specialist market or someone who has worked in either horticulture or for a professional country estate.

The Role –
  • Conducting business development calls to attract new business
  • Headhunting high calibre professional candidates  
  • Account Management
  • Interviewing candidates
  • Building relationships with existing and new clients
  • Developing a strong personal brand
  • Networking
  • Negotiating
  • Using recruitment tools to source talent and fill vacancies

SALARY: Basic Salary + uncapped commissions + bonus

LOCATION: Kent

If this Recruitment Consultant vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 733510 or ruth@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Recruitment Consultant 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 for this Recruitment Consultant vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener

Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks enjoys a global reputation as a centre of academic excellence and a flagship school for the International Baccalaureate.

The school has around 200 teaching staff, well supported by a large number of ancillary staff. A professional pastoral team of specialist tutors, boarding house staff and year heads give care and guidance, promoting student welfare and happiness. The mutual respect shared by students and staff generates a harmonious and purposeful atmosphere.

The Role
The Estates department is looking for a qualified and self-motivated, fast-working and efficient Gardener. This is a varied role which will involve assisting with the maintenance and development of the gardens and grounds on all school sites.

Reporting to
The Gardener will report to the Head of Grounds & Gardens.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare grounds for the planting of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
  • Carry out horticultural operations, such as planting, pruning and maintenance of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
  • Maintain borders, ponds, hedges, fences, walls, paths, roadways and woodlands.
  • Carry out horticultural operations on lawns with the use of pedestrian and ride on equipment to scarify, aerate, top-dress, over-seed, lift and lay turf, feed, irrigate and cut.
  • Clean drives and pathways of debris, litter picking, clearing snow and applying grit
    salt as required.
  • Safely use, maintain and clean horticultural equipment including hand tools, strimmers, hedge-cutters, pedestrian and ride on mowers, scarifiers, aerators, tractors and any other machinery required to undertake allocated tasks.
  • Work in a tidy and safe manner.
  • Follow departmental and school policies.
  • Periodically assist with non-gardener tasks within the school, e.g. maintain and prepare the sports pitches, grass cutting, line marking and erecting sports equipment as directed by the Director of Property or Head of Grounds & Gardens.
  • Undertake other duties that are required and are commensurate with the grade of the post.

Person Specification
The successful applicant must be able to:

  • work on own and as part of a team.
  • use own initiative.
  • self-motivate.
  • be adaptable and be willing to undertake tasks to given time constraints.

Special Role Requirements

  • will be required to work out of doors in all weather conditions.
  • at times the role may require heavy lifting.
  • will be required to use machinery e.g. hedge cutters, strimmers, lawn mowers,
    tractors etc.

Experience / Qualifications
Previous experience of working in a school is not a requirement, but would be advantageous.  This role is for a qualified gardener. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate NVQ level 2 qualification in Horticulture, a full driving licence as well as previous experience in maintaining large or historical gardens.

Working Hours
The basic hours are 40 hours per week made up of 08:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday. Working up to 12 Saturday mornings per year, 8:00 am till 1:00 pm.

Salary & Benefits

  • The salary offered is up to £24,000 p/a.
  • A free lunch is available during term-time.
  • Free membership of the school’s fitness centre.
  • 33 days paid holiday per calendar year, including statutory English public holidays as of 01 January 2020.
  • The job holder can choose to join the school’s defined contribution pension
    scheme.
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Voluntary Benefit scheme

Application
If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete the online support staff application form at http://www.sevenoaksschool.org/support-vacancies.  The form must be completed in full and submitted electronically. CV’s can also be submitted but cannot replace any information on the application form which should be submitted in full. The school retains the right to interview suitable applicants and appoint before the deadline.

Sole Gardener

A rare opportunity has arisen for a skilled Sole Gardener to take ownership of an impressive private garden near Wye in Kent.  The stunning Georgian property is owned by a family of six and has benefitted from management by a gardener for the past 41-years, though the present owners have been in the property for the last three years.  The current Gardener will be moving to a nearby house in early 2021 and whilst nearing retirement age will continue to work in the garden alongside a new Gardener, who in time will take over full time.  Ideally, the new Gardener would live in the provided upon taking the role.  This is therefore an excellent opportunity for a skilled and knowledgeable gardener to move into a position of responsibility, or for an experienced Sole/Senior Gardener to take on an attractive new role on a live-in basis.

The large historic property encompasses approximately 20-acres of lawns, woodland, a river and a stream, mixed bed/borders and flower beds.  The gardens require full time attention from the gardener and although the woods are maintained by contractors, they would still require some maintenance from the gardener.  Duties include mowing of the lawns (approximately 1.5 days per week), hedge cutting, flower bed maintenance, edging, weed control, stream clearing, shrubbery maintenance, management of herbaceous borders, roses, ornamental pots, riverside plantings, plus other general garden maintenance duties.  There is currently no kitchen garden on site and no plans to create one, however glasshouse and plant propagation will be required and as such, applicants must have experience in raising plants from cuttings and seed. There is also a regular requirement for ‘handyman’ jobs around the estate, though the primary focus of the role is gardening and horticulture.  Help from an assistant gardener in the summer months is available in one section of the garden, on a limited basis.

Suitable candidates for this role will have strong horticultural knowledge and time management skills, ideally with experience in a similar position; either in a position of seniority and/or responsibility as a Sole Gardener.  Good strength and physical fitness are essential as the role may involve heavy lifting and extended periods of hedge cutting with machinery, for example.  Applicants should have experience in the operation and basic maintenance of machinery, such as cylinder and ride-on mowers, long-reach hedge cutters and ideally, chainsaws.  Experience in species-specific pruning (including roses), basic plant pest and disease control and plant propagation is required, as well as a positive attitude and an ability to work alongside the property owners in a creative and constructive way.  The successful candidate will be easy to get on with, have good interpersonal and social skills, be proactive, loyal, a hard worker, gets on well with children and is reliable and trustworthy.  A DBS/criminal background check will be asked of the successful candidate.

SALARY: Circa £25,000 + Accommodation

LOCATION: Kent

JOB No: EC23855

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener 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 for this Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Part-time Skilled Gardener

A new vacancy has arisen on a private estate in North Kent for a Skilled Gardener to utilise their horticultural knowledge and experience on a part-time (up to 3-days/week), and self-employed basis.  This role will suit an academically qualified local horticulturist with good planning and garden management skills.

The 11-acre historic garden contains several historic trees with preservation orders.  The garden consists of formal borders and shrub/herbaceous borders, large lawns, a rose garden, yew hedging, pleached lime trees, a large kitchen garden area set out with vegetable beds, a soft fruit cage and fruit trees.  Other areas include a greenhouse and two polytunnels that will be used for propagating seeds and cuttings, growing salad crops and maintaining house plants.

The gardens are currently maintained by local contractors; however, the property owner has a requirement for a gardener with knowledge of the finer horticultural aspects and wishes to replace the contractors with a part-time skilled horticulturist.  The successful candidate will work in place of the contractors and will be required to undertake maintenance of the garden following replenishment/reworking of the borders.  The kitchen garden is currently very time consuming and will be also changed in the near future to something less labour intensive, such as an area of fruit trees.  The new role will involve management of the beds/borders, kitchen garden (initially), species-specific pruning, plant propagation and seasonal management of the garden as a whole.  Following review and replenishment/alteration of the above aspects of the garden are complete, the role will focus solely on the maintenance of the garden.

Applicants will ideally have a minimum Level 3 horticultural qualification, PA1/PA6 spray certificates, combined with good plant knowledge, excellent technical skills and previous experience working on private estates.  Applicants will need to be very organised, able to plan and prioritise and work to a high standard.  Other requirements for the role are good communications skills and ability to work alongside other staff, contractors, and to communicate with the property owner on a regular basis. A willingness to work outside in all weathers, have the determination and drive to get a job done and a have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required, as is an ability to operate a range of garden machinery.

REMUNERATION:£20-25/hr DOE

LOCATION:North Kent

JOB No:EC19373

If this part-time Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this part-time Skilled Gardener 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 for this part-time Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Senior Gardener

A unique opportunity has arisen for a knowledgeable and creative senior gardener to join a beautiful large private Estate near Maidstone, Kent.

This is a new full-time position, a fantastic opportunity to be part of a great team and an exciting long-term development project. The head gardener has recently been appointed to facilitate the development of the gardens and is looking for a senior gardener to work closely with them on developing, remodelling and enhancing the garden to add a modern twist.

The estate covers about 130 hectares of land including 4 hectares of formal gardens surrounding the property. Many of the original features of the formal gardens remain such as a wide variety of mature shrubs, sunken rose garden created in a three-tier structure, large yew hedging, box hedging, parkland, woodland and a pond.

The successful candidate will be hands on, motivated and capable of undertaking all aspects of gardens and grounds work with its physical challenges. He / She will be very organised, and confident in taking on responsibility in the head gardener’s absence. The senior gardener will assist with the supervision of the gardens team and work in collaboration with the rest of the estate team to promote a positive culture.

Candidates should have the relevant experience in horticulture working for private estates with at least 1 years proven supervisory experience. A horticultural qualification and PA1/PA6 spray certificates are required as well as knowledge of health & safety at work. He / She will have the ability to operate a range of garden machinery and have good craft skills. Due to the rural location, applicants will need their own transport and be in possession of a driving licence.

SALARY:        £28,000 – £30,000        

LOCATION: Maidstone, Kent

JOB No:          EC16814

If this Senior Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Senior Gardener 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 for this Senior Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Part Time Gardener

Part Time Gardener required

A self-motivated and driven Gardener is sought after on a part time basis (3 days per week) for a beautiful private garden near Sevenoaks, Kent.

The estate of more than ten acres comprises woodland, parkland and well-established formal gardens, laid out by a renowned designer, including beautiful mixed and herbaceous borders.  The many and varied mature trees on the estate are a particular highlight.  There is also an established fruit and vegetable garden.

The owners of the property are garden enthusiasts and are looking for a part time gardener with excellent horticulture knowledge and the creativity to enhance the garden and develop it further. Mowing is carried out by a third party, leaving the gardener to focus on the finer horticultural aspects of the garden including implementing planting schemes.

Applicants should ideally have a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification with excellent plant knowledge and technical skills. He / She will have previous experience working on private estates.  The ability to operate a range of garden machinery and a driving licence is required.

This position would suit a self-motivated, committed and creative gardener looking for a long-term project to develop and maintain the garden to a high standard. The working hours are currently 8 hours per day for 3 set days per week but could be open to some flexibility.

SALARY:       £16 – £20 / hour

LOCATION: Near Sevenoaks, Kent

JOB No:          EC16766

If this Part Time Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Part Time Gardener 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 for this Part Time Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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River Keeper/Estate Gardener

A rare and interesting opportunity has arisen for a River Keeper/ Estate Gardener  / Water Bailiff to join a Paper Mill Estate within the heart of the Kent countryside.

Our client owns a fishery which includes course and trout fishing lakes as well as river fishing and clay shooting. The 26-acre estate comprises a Trout Lake, Coarse Fishery, River, Woodland and Lawn. They currently seek an enthusiastic and driven River Keeper/Estate Gardener/ Water Bailiff to maintain the fishery, as well as carry out other general gardening and maintenance duties around the estate.

The successful candidate will maintain the garden consisting of grass, flower beds, trees, hedges, gates and fences on site. He / She will be responsible for the security of the house and fisheries site including the car park and fire station. Controlling the levels of the River and the Lakes is part of the role and must be managed at all times, therefore the candidate is responsible for the handover of this duty to a specific individual when leaving the site. He / She will test the fire pump, hydrants and fire hoses on the site in conjunction with the Mill Engineer.

In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for all mowers, boats, tools and equipment owned by the client. He / She will manage the upkeep and maintenance of the stock, fishery and shooting grounds including vermin control. Other duties may be necessary for the smooth running of the estate, the fishery and Shooting Grounds including maintenance of the swimming pool. He / She will assist in the organising and the running of corporate let days as well as the organising and leading of working parties to carry out specific tasks at the fishery / shooting grounds.

You must be able to use your own initiative and work efficiently. The ideal candidate will ideally hold a chainsaw certificate, backpack spray certificate, shotgun licence as well as be able to use a tractor mower and be able to swim. He / She will be dog friendly as they would be expected to look after the owner’s dogs in their absence.

The position requires being based on site therefore a 2-bedroom unfurnished cottage is offered with this opportunity. All bills including council tax, water and electricity are the responsibility of the tenant. Logs to fuel the central heating boiler may be gathered from the estate.

The Rota (Hours and days of work) will be mutually agreed in advance and set on a weekly / monthly basis.  You will be entitled to four weeks paid holiday per annum in addition to the Statutory Bank Holidays. Should any of these need to be worked, time off in lieu will be given.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who truly enjoys a real country keeper way of life.

SALARY:  £18,138 per annum

LOCATION: Kent

JOB No: EC16580

If this River Keeper/Estate Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this River Keeper/Estate Gardener 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 for this River Keeper/Estate Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener/Handyman

Gardener/Handyman required

An experienced and multi-skilled estate gardener/handyman is required to maintain a beautiful private garden in Marden, Kent, on behalf of a welcoming and appreciative owner.  Applications are sought from qualified professionals with experience of managing private gardens autonomously, with the willingness and ability to undertake general estate maintenance duties as required.

The retirement of a long-serving gardener has created an opportunity for a new employee to join the estate on a full-time permanent basis.  The property comprises a main dwelling with various additional buildings including an adjacent flat, in which the successful applicant may live, rent free, with all bills and utilities covered by the employer.

Set within surrounding paddocks and farmland, the two-acre private garden comprises a kitchen garden with glasshouse and polytunnel, mixed beds and borders, flower beds, expansive lawns, mixed shrubs and an old rose Arbor.  Well maintained hedges create separate areas within the garden, with predominantly native mature trees (sycamore, scots pine, holly and horse chestnut) providing structure and privacy.  The property is not open to the public and while not considered a ‘show garden’ in the true sense by the owner, it can be accurately described as a traditional and charming English country garden.

The ideal candidate for this role will be academically qualified to Level 2 (or above) with demonstrable experience of managing private estate gardens as a Sole or Skilled Gardener. Applicants with extensive hands-on garden management experience but no academic qualifications will also be considered.  Physical fitness and time management are important, as are traditional handyman skills and an ability to provide general security on the property.

Competence in the operation and basic maintenance of a range of garden machinery is essential, as is good plant knowledge and that of seasonal garden management.  Applicants should have experience with plant propagation, kitchen gardening, correct species-specific pruning techniques (roses, formative pruning of young trees etc.), basic identification and treatment of plant pests and diseases, lawn care, as well as an ability to carry out additional non-horticultural estate duties as they arise.  Spray certificates (PA1/6) and a chainsaw license (CS30-31) are required.  Candidates must hold a full driving licence and be competent drivers as a collection of classic cars is housed on site and will require periodic and careful management.  Occasional moving and cleaning of the cars will be required as part of the handyman aspect of the role, as will some basic duties within the main house such as changing light bulbs etc.  Applicants with experience in the above areas as well as good DIY skills are encouraged to apply.  A flexible, positive and helpful attitude is necessary as is a conscientious, pro-active, hardworking and reliable approach.

Working hours will comprise 45-hours per week; Monday – Friday (07:30 – 17:00) with half an hour for lunch.  No scheduled weekend working is required, though the live-in Sole Gardener will be responsible for the health and condition of the garden and glasshouse etc., such that weekend watering may be required during periods of hot weather.  Holiday entitlement includes 20-days per annum plus 8-days Bank Holiday.  A full UK driving licence and your own transport is required for this role for the above reason and as the property is located rurally.

A two-bedroom flat is provided for the Sole Gardener, adjacent to the main house.  Due to the nature of the property and size of the accommodation, it is deemed unsuitable for children or pets, but would suit a single person or couple.  The rent, bills and Council tax are all covered by the employer.

SALARY:       £26,000 + 2-bedroom flat

LOCATION:  Marden, Kent

JOB No:          EC14371

If this Gardener/Handyman vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Gardener/Handyman 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 for this Gardener/Handyman vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

River Keeper/ Estate Gardener

A rare and interesting opportunity has arisen for a River Keeper/ Estate Gardener/ Water Bailiff to join a Paper Mill Estate within the heart of the Kent countryside.

Our client owns a fishery which includes course and trout fishing lakes as well as river fishing and clay shooting. The 26-acre estate comprises a Trout Lake, Coarse Fishery, River, Woodland and Lawn. They currently seek an enthusiastic and driven River Keeper/Estate Gardener/ Water Bailiff to maintain the fishery, as well as carry out other general gardening and maintenance duties around the estate.

The successful candidate will maintain the garden consisting of grass, flower beds, trees, hedges, gates and fences on site. He / She will be responsible for the security of the house and fisheries site including the car park and fire station. Controlling the levels of the River and the Lakes is part of the role and must be managed at all times, therefore the candidate is responsible for the handover of this duty to a specific individual when leaving the site. He / She will test the fire pump, hydrants and fire hoses on the site in conjunction with the Mill Engineer.

In addition, the successful candidate will be responsibility for all mowers, boats, tools and equipment owned by the client. He / She will manage the upkeep and maintenance of the stock, fishery and shooting grounds including vermin control. Other duties may be necessary for the smooth running of the estate, the fishery and Shooting Grounds including maintenance of the swimming pool. He / She will assist in the organising and the running of corporate let days as well as the organising and leading of working parties to carry out specific tasks at the fishery / shooting grounds.

You must be able to use your own initiative and work efficiently. The ideal candidate will ideally hold a chainsaw certificate, backpack spray certificate, shotgun licence as well as be able to use a tractor mower and be able to swim. He / She will be dog friendly as they would be expected to look after the owner’s dogs in their absence.

The position requires being based on site therefore a 2-bedroom unfurnished cottage is offered with this opportunity. All bills including council tax, water and electricity are the responsibility of the tenant. Logs to fuel the central heating boiler may be gathered from the estate.

The Rota (Hours and days of work) will be mutually agreed in advance and set on a weekly / monthly basis.  You will be entitled to four weeks paid holiday per annum in addition to the Statutory Bank Holidays. Should any of these need to be worked, time off in lieu will be given.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who truly enjoys a real country keeper way of life.

SALARY:        £18,138 per annum

LOCATION:   Kent

JOB No:          EC11108

If this River Keeper/Estate Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this River Keeper/Estate Gardener 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 for this River Keeper/Estate Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Skilled Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a skilled and experienced gardener to maintain and manage the private garden surrounding a 13th century house near Canterbury, Kent. The owners of the garden would also be open to a keen and enthusiastic gardener to work closely with the current gardener for a period to gain the experience to manage the garden.

The two-acre garden consists of mixed herbaceous borders, shrubs, roses, mature trees, lawns and spring bulbs.  The owners are largely self-sufficient in vegetables in the kitchen garden with a 4-course rotation.  There is a heated greenhouse for propagation and tender plants. A well-used conservatory is attached to a period house and the owners take pride in having it full of flowering plants in the dull winter months.

The owners are garden enthusiasts and are looking for a hands-on gardener with drive and initiative to manage their garden.  They would be required to undertake a range of normal gardening duties, including weeding, planting, deadheading, pruning, mowing, propagation etc.  As there are extensive hedges on site, the owners engage a contractor to cut the hedges.

The ideal candidate will have a positive outlook and friendly character.  He/she will be organised, able to plan and prioritise workload and have good time and record-keeping skills. Applicants should have good horticultural knowledge, good plant identification and, ideally, a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification.  Spray certificates PA1/PA6 are required; however, the owners would be willing to support the training if required.  Experience growing vegetables would be an advantage.  Ability to operate a strimmer and lawnmower are also needed for the role.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled gardener, or prospective skilled gardener, to work closely with friendly and supportive owners on maintaining and managing their garden.  The working hours are 8 hours per day and weekend work is not required.

SALARY:       Up to  £25,000

LOCATION: Near Canterbury, Kent

JOB No:          EC8543

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Gardener 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 for this Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Experienced Gardener

A full time driven and experienced gardener is sought after to manage a stunning 20-acre private garden in the Sevenoaks District of Kent.

Set in 2500 acres of outstanding natural beauty in the Kent Downs, the majority of the land is for live-stock and arable farming. Seated within the main garden is a grade 1 listed house built in 1680. The house is set on a terrace with the gardens originally set out in a formal style around the 1700 but have since been landscaped in more natural/romantic style. The garden is presented to a very high standard all year round with bulbs, wildflowers, azaleas rhododendrons, summer flowering herbaceous borders and roses, together with woodland walks. The areas the garden include are Formal parterres/lawns, Flower borders, Topiary, Rockery, Stream, lakeside, wetland area, Woodland garden and a small propagation area, which can be expanded. There is also an aspiration to have cut flowers for the house/restaurant.

The owners are looking for a passionate plantsman/woman who is excited by the possibility of putting their stamp on the garden. The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to come up with ideas and their proposed work schedule in weekly meetings with open-minded owners. The role will include management of a part-time groundsman who maintains the grass and woodland garden.

As the garden is varied, the candidate will need to be versatile and have a broad knowledge. Ideally, the gardener will have a recognised horticultural qualification and previous experience working in a similar role on a private estate. Excellent knowledge of plants and a broad range of technical skills will be required as well as a desire and ability to work to a high standard. It is important that applicants are enthusiastic and able to work on their own initiative. Candidates should have the ability to carry out basic maintenance on a wide variety of garden machinery. PA1 & PA6 spraying certificates and chainsaw certificates are also desirable.

The garden has a rich history and the successful candidate will be somebody who is going to breathe new life and love into the garden to take it forward with this generation of owners.

Accommodation is provided for the successful candidate. Family and pets are welcome.

 SALARY:        Circa £28,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:    Sevenoaks District of Ken

JOB No:            EC3162

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Experienced Gardener 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 for this Experienced Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Assistant Team Leader

An excellent career opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Garden Team Leader to join an established company located near Canterbury in Kent. The company has been in business for over 30 years – a testament to their continued provision of quality service in the gardening and landscape industry. This role presents a genuine opportunity to move up to a Team Leader position with an associated salary increase, following exemplary performance and the opening of opportunities within the firm.

The company now requires an Assistant Garden Team Leader to work alongside and supervise a small team of existing gardeners on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will manage their own gardens and on occasion and will deputise on the gardens of their Team Leader colleagues. The role will predominantly involve supervising two assistant gardeners and tending to numerous, primarily high-end residential block gardens on a scheduled, rotational and hands-on basis. A driving licence is essential for this role as the successful applicant will drive a company van on a daily basis. The postholder will be required to drive to London on a 2-3 day per week basis to tend to gardens alongside their colleagues. This will involve leaving the depot at 05:00 and returning for an early finish at 15:30.

The successful applicant will ideally have the opportunity to assist with various one-off projects of a similar nature on a full-time basis during the winter months, which will ensure continued year-round employment and an opportunity to add to your existing skill set.

The ideal candidate will hold a recognised horticultural qualification and/or considerable gardening experience, will be competent with a range of grounds maintenance machinery and equipment and will be used to working within a team and on their own initiative. Applicants for this role should have good plant identification skills and garden management experience, ideally on horticulturally diverse estates.

Applicants will need to be competent with a range of garden machinery (and basic maintenance thereof). Typical daily duties will include hedge cutting, lawn maintenance, pruning, planting, bed/border maintenance, as well as a range of other gardening tasks as they arise. Competence with back-pack sprayers and a spray ticket (PA1/PA6) is desired.

Applicants must be conscientious and well presented as interaction with property owners on site will be necessary. Candidates will be diplomatic and have a positive approach to the management of gardeners in training, be flexible in their approach to work, physically fit and have a ‘can-do’ attitude. Uniforms are provided. A full UK driving licence is essential, as is your own car for the purpose of travel to and from the rural depot. The business shuts down between Christmas and New Year.

SALARY:       Circa £25,500 DOE

LOCATION: Canterbury, Kent

JOB No:         EC8089

If this Assistant Team Leader vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Assistant Team Leader 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 for this Assistant Team Leader vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener/Handyman

Sole Gardener/Handyman required

An experienced and multi-skilled estate gardener is required to maintain a beautiful private garden in Kent, on behalf of a welcoming and appreciative owner. Applications are sought from qualified professionals with experience of managing private gardens autonomously, with the willingness and ability to undertake general estate maintenance / handyman duties as required.

The retirement of a long-serving gardener has created an opportunity for a new employee to join the estate on a full-time permanent basis. The property comprises a main dwelling with various additional buildings including an adjacent flat, in which the successful applicant may live, rent free, with all bills and utilities covered by the employer.

Set within surrounding paddocks and farmland, the two-acre private garden comprises a kitchen garden with glasshouse and polytunnel, mixed beds and borders, flower beds, expansive lawns, mixed shrubs and an old rose Arbor. Well maintained hedges create separate areas within the garden, with predominantly native mature trees (sycamore, scots pine, holly and horse chestnut) providing structure and privacy. The property is not open to the public and while not considered a ‘show garden’ in the true sense by the owner, it can be accurately described as a traditional and charming English country garden.

The ideal candidate for this role will be academically qualified to Level 2 (or above) with demonstrable experience of managing private estate gardens as a Sole or Skilled Gardener. Applicants with extensive hands-on garden management experience but no academic qualifications will also be considered. Physical fitness and time management are important, as are traditional handyman skills and an ability to provide general security on the property.

Competence in the operation and basic maintenance of a range of garden machinery is essential, as is good plant knowledge and that of seasonal garden management. Applicants should have experience with plant propagation, kitchen gardening, correct species-specific pruning techniques (roses, formative pruning of young trees etc.), basic identification and treatment of plant pests and diseases, lawn care, as well as an ability to carry out associated estate duties as they arise. Spray certificates (PA/16) Chainsaw license (CS30-31) are required. Candidates must hold a full driving licence and be competent drivers, as a collection of classic cars is housed on site. Occasional moving and cleaning of the cars will be required as part of the handyman aspect of the role. Applicants with experience in the above areas as well as good DIY skills, are encouraged to apply. A flexible, positive and helpful attitude is necessary as is a conscientious, pro-active, hardworking and reliable approach.

Working hours will comprise 45-hours per week; Monday – Friday (07:30 – 17:00) with half an hour for lunch. No scheduled weekend working is required, though the live-in Sole Gardener will be responsible for the health and condition of the garden and glasshouse etc., such that weekend watering may be required during periods of hot weather. Holiday entitlement includes 28-days per annum (including Bank Holidays). A full UK driving licence and your own transport is required for this role for the above reason and as the property is located rurally.

A two-bedroom flat is provided for the Sole Gardener, adjacent to the main house. Due to the nature of the property and size of the accommodation, it is deemed unsuitable for children or pets, but would suit a single person or couple. The rent, bills and Council tax are all covered by the employer.

SALARY: £26,000 + 2-bedroom flat

LOCATION: Kent

JOB No: EC7922

 If this Sole Gardener/Handyman vacancy is of interest please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

You will need to be registered with English Country Gardeners to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener/Handyman 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 for this Sole Gardener/Handyman vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener (4 days/week)

A Sole Gardener is sought after to maintain and manage the gardens of a stunning private Estate in a beautiful part of the country in North Yorkshire. 

The Estate sits on the site of an 11th century manor and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and a moat. The 1-acre formal gardens contain a vegetable garden, fruit garden, rose & peony garden, solar dome greenhouse, herbaceous borders, extensive lawns, box hedging, ornamental grass with allium and plenty of climbing roses around the entire estate.

Our client is looking for a hand on and driven sole gardener to undertake a range of garden maintenance duties to a high horticultural standard including pruning and training roses, maintaining herbaceous borders, weeding, strimming and hedge cutting. He / She will not be required to maintain the lawns outside of the formal garden as there is another member of staff to maintain these features. The ideal candidate will have the determination and drive to get the job done and a have a vision for maintaining and enhancing the garden as required.

Applicants should ideally have a minimum level 2 horticultural qualification, PA1/PA6 spray certificates, combined with good plant knowledge. You will need to be organised, able to plan and prioritise your work load and work to a high standard. Experience with pruning and training roses and growing fruit and vegetables would be required for the role. 

Other requirements for the role are good communications skills, you should be prepared to work outside in all weathers, be physically fit and have the ability to operate a range of garden machinery and good craft skills. There are 11 alpacas on site, therefore someone who would be willing to feed the herd twice a day whilst the owners are away would be an advantage.