Assistant Gardener required
Christ Church, established by Henry V111 in 1546, is a unique joint foundation of a college in the University of Oxford and the Cathedral of the Diocese. During term time it is home to some 560 undergraduate and postgraduate students and over 100 senior members. Thousands of visitors are welcomed in the course of a year: tourists, worshippers at the Cathedral, conference guests in vacations, former members of the College and many others.
The Head Gardener is responsible for a team of six full time gardeners (extended to seven from April to October) maintaining the extensive gardens, Christ Church Meadow and the trees within the Christ Church grounds.
The Treasurer and the Head Gardener now invite applicants who are self motivated, experienced, reliable and adaptable and keen to develop their own gardening skills to apply for the full-time position of assistant gardener at Christ Church. The successful candidate will preferably hold a R.H.S Certificate or equivalent. PA1/6 spraying and CS30/31 chainsaw certificates and a clean driving licence are also preferred. Appropriate in-house training will be provided where necessary.
The Gardens and Grounds
Christ Church is one of the larger colleges in Oxford and is a principal tourist attraction.
Within the College grounds there are ten separate gardens. Some are open to the public to view through tour guides and others are private or used for functions. They are all maintained by the gardening team.
Additionally, there are two quadrangles with formal lawns and two gardens outside the College curtilage.
In all these gardens the emphasis is on the trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and bulbs surrounding the spacious lawns, which are maintained to a high standard.
Summer and winter bedding schemes feature in a small part of the Rose Garden.
Plant production is undertaken in a small plant nursery containing glasshouses and cold frames.
Christ Church Meadow is an enclosed area of about 40 acres adjacent to the College consisting of two agricultural fields, playing fields and a circular river walk. There are certain areas of the Meadow that are maintained for the public use and there is an increasing emphasis on maintaining the Meadow as a semi natural area with wildflowers and rough grass.
Applications are sought from experienced, self-motivated and enthusiastic gardeners with a good knowledge of plants to improve and maintain the gardens and grounds as part of the Gardens Team under the direction of the Head Gardener. The successful applicant must be capable of pruning, lawn cutting, replanting, weeding and maintaining garden tools etc and keen to develop their own gardening skills. Equipment provided.
Hours of work: 8.00am to 5.00pm weekdays, but it is expected that such longer hours will be worked as may reasonable be necessary.
Pay: University Grade 3.2-3.5 (£20,130 to £21,814 per annum) according to experience/qualifications.
Plus usual College benefits, including 5 weeks’ holiday p.a., free lunches and membership of the University’s contributory final pension scheme.
Application form and full details available at: http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/vacancies
or contact: Sally Gillard, Treasurer’s Administrator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01865 276178
Closing date: Friday, 16 July 2021
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