Hard Landscaper

Hard Landscaper required

Job Ref ADV515

We are looking for an experienced landscape builder to work on prestigious projects throughout the southwest.

  • Experience in brickwork, blockwork, rendering, stonework both wet and drystone construction, paving to mainly consist of reclaimed materials along with cobbles.
  • Excavator and machinery experience along with base work and foundations an advantage.
  • To communicate effectively with clients to understand their preferences, provide updates on project progress, and address any concerns or questions
  • Operate and maintain various landscaping equipment including excavators, dumpers, telehandlers and tools, such as compactors, saws, and other machinery used in hardscape installation.
  • Maintain accurate records of project details, including materials used, time spent, and any variations from the original plan.
  • Ensure that site operations are carried out in accordance with the company’s health and safety policy.
  • To take charge of staff and ensuring that staff members are working correctly and efficiently.
  • Drainage and general ground works experience along with using laser levels
  • ability to read and understand landscape plans and specifications.
  • An attention to detail and an ambition to produce the highest standards in landscape construction.
  • A full driving license and preferably trailer experience.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) please click here and the Association Professional Landscapers please click here


Part-Time Kitchen Gardener

PART-TIME KITCHEN GARDENER (2 days / week) REQUIRED

Job Ref ADV514

A vacancy has arisen on a beautiful, modern country estate near Shaftsbury, Dorset.  Applicants for this role will have experience working in a private estate garden or hold a horticultural qualification.

The owners are keen to promote a friendly and rewarding working environment, so it is important that you have a positive attitude, with good communication skills and are able to get on well with all other staff members. You will be joining a team of 5 other gardeners and will report into the Head Gardener.

There is a one acre walled garden contains a wide variety of staple fruit and vegetables to supply the house with fresh fruit and vegetables. The kitchen gardener will report into the Head Gardener and will be responsible for the kitchen garden, orchard, two greenhouses and a large polytunnel. He / She will be required to carry out sowing and communicate with the house on the fruit and vegetable required throughout various times of year. The orchard contains apple trees, quinces, pears, amongst others.

SALARY:  £18 – 25 per hour dependent on experience

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like to view more information on the Professional Gardeners Guild, please click here and the Royal Horticultural Society, please click here

For more gardener roles please click here


Head Gardener

Head Gardener required

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced and talented horticulturist to join a stunning private estate based near Shaftesbury on the Dorset, Wiltshire border.

This position will suit an experienced and knowledgeable gardener with a desire to take on the maintenance and future development of a horticulturally diverse, typical English Country style garden in order to utilise their full horticultural skill set.

The historic Grade II* listed property is surrounded by 5-acres of new and established gardens. The gardens are currently being renovated by the very talented designer Miranda Brooks, the successful candidate will be working closely with the designer to see the devilment of the garden come to life.

The gardens boast impressive herbaceous borders, bursting with colour and texture throughout the seasons as well as formal lawns, orchard, carp pond and charming topiary sculptures and a new kitchen garden with a wonderful new greenhouse that is yet to be planted and developed.

The grounds are also host to a newly renovated lake with an Oak jetty and decking seating platform along with picnic areas, there is also an additional lake which is yet to be renovated along with streams running through the garden.

Suitable applicants will possess a recognised horticultural qualification as well as extensive experience in horticulturally diverse gardens in a private estate setting. Competence in all horticultural techniques is essential, as is a good understanding of vegetable gardening, plus a passion for developing gardens to reach their full potential.

Candidates will be expected to manage all aspects of grounds maintenance, including lawns, hedge cutting and topiary trimming, pathways and irrigation systems. This is a hands-on role so good physical fitness and a willingness to work outdoors in all weathers is essential.

Practical experience with the use and care of a full range of garden machinery is desired, with a chainsaw certification being advantageous. Applicants should be equally passionate, energetic and experienced hands-on professionals with an ability to manage a small team. This exciting vacancy would be great for someone looking to work in a beautiful part of the country and join the community, making this opportunity a way of life. The owner is an extremely keen gardener and although not always in residence we keep in constant contact with images of things in the garden that are looking at their best.

Working hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm with holiday entitlement being statutory 20 days plus Bank Holidays (Christmas time they close down for at least 5 days of holiday). An offer to the successful candidate will be based on reference checks as well as a DBS check.                    

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Jay Rimell on 01233 732767 or recruitment@horticruitment.com.

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment 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 Head 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 Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.horticruitment.com


Landscape and Estate Manager

Landscape and Estate Manager

Salary up to £45,000, plus car allowance

40 hours a week

Job Ref ADV496

Are you a passionate horticulturist looking to ‘blossom’ in a new career? Join us as a Landscape and Estate Manager, leading a dedicated team in creating and maintaining vibrant gardens that enhance the lives of our residents.

In this role, you will play a pivotal part in ensuring the beauty and tranquillity of our gardens across Colten’s care homes. Your responsibilities encompass planning, design, maintenance, team management, and fostering strong community engagement.

About the position

You will elevate garden maintenance standards, collaborating with Senior Gardeners to design and implement impactful green spaces. Additionally, you'll oversee both small and large-scale landscape projects, working closely with internal teams and contractors.

Building and managing relationships are key aspects of this role. You will cultivate strong ties with in-house support departments, external organizations, and local suppliers to ensure the best quality plants and garden supplies at cost-effective prices. Efficiently managing relationships with contractors will be crucial for the success of larger-scale landscape projects.

Resident engagement is at the heart of our gardening philosophy. You will encourage Senior Gardeners to actively engage residents in gardening activities, fostering a sense of community and wellbeing. Additionally, you'll develop the team’s knowledge of caring for older individuals, particularly those with dementia, and promote resident interest and involvement in garden-related events.

Your responsibilities also extend to general garden upkeep, risk assessments, and ensuring safe work practices. Advocating for the benefits of fresh air, exercise, and a connection with nature, you'll manage departmental costs within budget constraints and conduct regular inspections to maintain safe gardens for residents.

About you

Your qualifications should include proven experience in horticulture or a related field, coupled with strong leadership and team management skills. In return, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a supportive and collaborative work environment, and opportunities for professional development.

About Colten Care

We’re an award-winning, family-owned, independent care home group, with an outstanding reputation within the industry thanks to our amazing people and our focus on keeping the resident at the heart of everything we do.

We challenge the stereotype of a care home, that’s why all 21 of our nursing homes are rated at least good and six are outstanding by the CQC, our national regulator.

For the 8th year running, we’ve been named as one of carehome.co.uk Top 20 Care Home Groups in the UK, by the residents and their families who have first-hand experience of the care and support being given at our care homes.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) please click here and the Association Professional Landscapers please click here


Nursery Propagator

Nursery Propagator

Job Ref ADV468

A rare opportunity to join our amazing charity has arisen due to retirement.

Our registered charity, now in its 33rd year, offers support and rehabilitation to adults, whose lives are impacted by poor mental health, through the use of therapeutic horticulture.

We rely upon the sale of the plants we propagate to fund the running costs and activities of the charity. We sell to both the public and trade customers and our retail area is open seven days per week most of the year, dropping to five and a half days in the winter months.  As such, the role of Nursery Propagator is an essential part of the process.

Based on 4.5 acres, our site is small with one propagation area which is unheated and manual. We propagate a wide variety of shrubs, perennials, vegetables etc and a broad spectrum of knowledge is required for good propagation in different conditions.

Our service-users and volunteer Friends take part in all aspects of the nursery work and staff lead and direct operations. Patience and some understanding of mental health are essential, we are non-judgemental, inclusive and empowering in our interaction with others.

The role requires physical fitness, adaptability and the willingness to assist other areas of the nursery when needed. The working week is Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm plus attendance at our twice annual Plant Sales, held on Saturdays, for which time in lieu is given.

Horticultural Duties

  • To be responsible for the propagation of in excess of 150,000 plants for sale in our two projects.
  • To liaise closely with the Nursery Supervisors at both projects to develop potential for increased sales and the sustainability of the project.
  • To assist where required in all aspects of the nursery including customer enquiries, stock control, watering, deliveries and general nursery duties as directed by the Nursery Supervisor or Project Manager.
  • To instruct and supervise Volunteers and Friends in the Propagation Unit to help develop their skills and confidence in a workplace.
  • To monitor and report on issues relating to Volunteers’ welfare, progress and support needs.

Other

  • To maintain a safe working environment in compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • To be responsible for the Nursery in the absence of senior staff.
  • To promote public awareness of the Charity’s work and mental health issues.
  • To attend relevant training in order to update knowledge and acquire new skills required for the role.
  • To undertake any other duties appropriate to the position as specified by the Project Manager.

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the Garden Centre Association please click here and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) please click here


Skilled Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a close estate team on a beautiful private property in Central Dorset, on a full-time basis. Applicants will ideally hold horticultural qualifications, preferably at Level 2 or above, similarly at least 3 years of demonstrable experience of working in an estate environment.

The rural property is situated in a beautiful location, approximately 20-miles from the Dorset coast.  The historic main house is surrounded by formal gardens with parkland, mature trees and managed paddocks beyond.  Within the estate a small team of staff ensure the smooth running of the grounds, of which the successful applicant will play an integral part. The 100-acre estate houses a variety of formal gardens including ornamental bedding, borders and lawns, a glasshouse, walled vegetable garden, a swimming pool, 2 lake’s, an orchard and mature trees throughout.  This position will require applicants to have a good understanding of, and experience in kitchen gardening, as a wide variety of produce is grown for the house on an ongoing basis, along with a comprehensive plant knowledge and the maintenance of to provide the estate with fresh cut flowers.   

The Gardener will play an important role in ensuring the formal gardens are maintained to high standards while working closely alongside the wider team, that include the Head Gardener, a full time Groundsman and a part time colleague. The owner of the property is passionate about the gardens and is very much involved in the overall direction of the gardens in relation to the changing requirements of the estate.

Suitable applicants for this role will have experience of working within a private estate environment from a hands-on perspective. Applicants should have good plant identification skills, excellent attention to detail and a methodological approach to their work.  Demonstrable experience in kitchen gardening and plant propagation/glasshouse work is essential, as is competency in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery.  Spraying qualifications (PA1/PA6), an in-date First Aid certificate, and chainsaw certificate would be desirable, though training can be provided in the areas necessary for otherwise suitable candidates. Applicants must be tidy in their work, presentable, positive in attitude and possess a working understanding of the considerations required of gardeners on private estates.

SALARY:  Circa £26,000

LOCATION:  Central Dorset

JOB No:  EC55992

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

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment 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 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.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Head Kitchen Gardener

Location: THE PIG on the beach, Studland, Dorset.

Salary: £26,000 PA, Plus Service Charge

Our Pay Promise – no one in our business will earn less than £10 Per Hour, plus service charge. In the busy months our garden team have earnt up to £300 in service charge per month, whilst service charge varies depending on bookings with the staycation concept thriving, you can do the maths.

Hours: Full Time, 40 Hours Per Week

Start Date: July 2022

We grow up to 20 different varieties of tomatoes at THE PIGs, from little cherries to big beefy ones!

At THE PIG it all starts in the Kitchen Garden – the team here are the original Home-Grown Heroes of everything we do. The aim is to grow as much produce on site as possible for use in the kitchens, the garden also acts as a show garden for our guests. We aim to use as many parts of the plants as possible and our Garden team ensure there is always plenty of variety for the chefs to use 365 days per year.

We have over 20 Gardeners across our group, looking after gardens the size of at least two rugby pitches if you put them together.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join our unique and dynamic team in overseeing the growth and functionality of our Kitchen Garden. You will be responsible for all elements of our kitchen gardens, including the management of the garden team who ensure all tasks are carried out within a timely manner. Communication is key, as you will be working closely with our Head Chef with regards to our seasonal produce.

As our Kitchen Garden is open to all our guests, you must be confident to interact with them daily. We also are home to Pigs, Chickens and Quail so some animal husbandry will be required.

Experience of working in a productive Kitchen Garden growing seasonal produce is essential, as your knowledge will support the development of our team.

We are dedicated to making THE PIGs an inspiring, exciting, and fun place to work and in return for your hard work you can expect something a little different:

  • Numerous retail discounts via our Perkbox Scheme.
  • Discounted room rates and complimentary staff stays across our group.
  • Discounted food, beverage, and spa days across our group.
  • 28 days holiday rising by 1 day each year for the first 5 years.
  • We are committed to providing craft and accredited training to all staff.
  • Meals on duty.

To view our full range of perks, visit our ‘What we can do for you’ section on our career’s webpage: jobs.t hepighotel.com

We are proud to have grown our group throughout the recent difficulties faced within our industry. With new openings upon the horizon, it’s a wonderful time to join us for a sustainable future.

Robin Hutson: ‘As with all good hospitality, THE PIG is fundamentally about people; it’s the personalities, passion, knowledge, and skills of the people we work with that somehow converge to creating THE PIG experience’.


Garden Sundries Manager

Garden Sundries Manager required

Job Ref A888

Our client is a family-run business offering quality products and services and friendly, down to earth advice to ensure our customers leave feeling happy and part of the family, with the aim to help the community enjoy their garden, home, and workplace. Now, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Garden Sundries Department, working as a Garden Sundries Manager on a permanent basis, joining this very successful team

Job Brief

Our client is looking for an exceptional candidate with previous experience in a similar environment and role, who will work well with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate will be proactive, with a keen eye for detail in order to maintain stock and visual merchandising standards and ensure strong promotional plans for key seasonal events. You will have the ability to track all KPI’s and continually monitor and evaluate sales and profit figures on a weekly/monthly basis to ensure budgets are being met. As well as delivering excellent customer service to all customers, giving the best advice.

Key Responsibilities

-Working with the Centre Manager to ensure the smooth running of the department.

-Working proactively, enthusiastically and with drive to succeed.

-Key Holder – Covering for the Centre Manager on their weekday and alternate weekend off work and providing cover for the Centre Manager when on business days off site, days off or holiday/sickness.

-Working closely with the wider buying team, ordering sundries and core gardening stock.

-Checking and receiving deliveries of product following the required procedure.

-Pricing, displaying, and merchandising of product to the required standards.

-Develop, motivate, and lead your team of 3 and monitor their performance and ongoing training.

-Ensuring a high level of customer service is maintained.

Candidate Skills 

As the Garden Sundries Manager, you’ll need to have the following experience: A proven track record in garden centre retailing: you will know this working environment well in terms of the products, as well as:

-Several years’ experience working in a Garden Centre

-You have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

-A meticulous eye for detail and brilliant written and verbal communication skills

-A strong work ethic, a humble attitude, and an entrepreneurial spirit

If you have experience in any of the following areas, we would like to hear from you.

-Garden Centre Supervisor/Team Leader

-Garden Centre Assistant Manager

-Garden Sundries Supervisor/Manager

If this Garden Sundries Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment 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 Garden Sundries Manager 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 Garden Sundries Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.horticruitment.com


Senior Gardener

Applications are invited for the position of a Senior Gardener for the secluded grounds and gardens of an exclusive property, situated on a beautifully presented landscape in a unique location in Dorset.

The Estate is listed as a UNESCO world Heritage site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The gardens and grounds comprise of a small woodland, that have trees that are unique to the estate, there are a number of gardens development into the waterfall and cliffs gardens that have wildflower planting to support the butterflies. Creating areas of conservation, sustainability and biodiversity play an important part within the estate. There are formal lawns, together with both an Italian garden and kitchen garden that produces cut flowers and vegetables for the events that are held at the estate.

This Senior Gardener role offers a fantastic opportunity to be creative within the grounds and further developed the gardens such as the rooftop gardens which are newly planted requiring further development. 

We are looking for a Senior Gardener to manage the outside space ranging from high end planting through to simple grounds work. Applicants should be horticulturally qualified or have work several years’ experience in a similar role on a prestigious estate. The owners are constantly looking to make improvements to the gardens. The owners are committed to supporting industry training so that staff can gain qualifications that support the horticultural tasks required in the gardens. There is an existing team that is focussed on enjoying work and presenting spectacular gardens for those that visit. The candidate should be happy to work unsupervised and willing to be part of the gardening team. 

The successful candidate will need to be confident, presentable, and professional. They will be working whilst there are guests on the Estate who like to have a conversation about the beautiful gardens. The owners will consider candidates that require temporary ‘live in’ as an option until the candidate could find accommodation locally. 

SALARY:       up to £35,000 – Temporary accommodation available
LOCATION:  Dorset
JOB No:          EC35104

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

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment 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 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.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Groundsperson

Our client is currently seeking a full time live-in groundsperson for a beautiful riverside home in North Dorset.

The gardens consist of around two acres of lawn and mature formal garden surrounded by a further six acres of woodland, orchard and meadow with a river running through the land. There are avenues of hornbeam hedges, walled gardens, and rills and a courtyard garden. The groundsperson will be working alongside a part time gardener, who is responsible for the roses and much of the plant care. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for the general maintenance of the garden including grass cutting, lawn maintenance, strimming and edging, pruning of trees and larger shrubs including willows, fruit trees and Portuguese laurels, Hedge Cutting - mainly hornbeam and laurel, Pollarding and planting of willows, poplars and other trees and keeping the garden generally tidy. The client has a range of garden machinery and the groundsperson will be responsible for the machinery maintenance; arranging servicing and repairs as well as hiring from external contractors some machinery, diggers, high hedge cutters as and when required. The groundsperson will maintain the courtyard and gravelled area, supervise the irrigation and management pumps to ponds and fountains, and maintain the river level and carry out river care. 

Other responsibilities include small restoration jobs inside the house, occasional exterior and interior Painting jobs, organisation of logs for house, organisation of rubbish for collection, booking of services for boiler and appliances, swimming pool maintenance and car cleaning. The groundsperson will have house security and keyholder duties. In case of very heavy rainfall, sluice gates will need to be opened on weekends/ at night. This has been made much easier by the existence of online weather forecasting and owner’s 22-year experience of the river.

Applicants must be able to use their initiative and work efficiently. The ideal candidate will have experience operating garden/grounds machinery (tractors, mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, chainsaws). Knowledge of digger operation desirable but not essential. A full UK driving licence is essential and own vehicle.

Working hours will be: 8.30am - 5pm, Monday - Friday, some flexibility is expected. Some Saturday mornings may be required.The position requires being based on site therefore an attractive two bedroom converted barn is provided rent free with the role. The accommodation includes a large sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and good-sized garden with raised vegetable beds and greenhouses. Most bills are covered by the employer such as council tax, water, electricity and oil. Annual leave provided is 21 days holiday per year plus bank holidays.

SALARY:  £25,000
LOCATION:  North Dorset
JOB No:  EC33378

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

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment 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 Groundsperson 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 Groundsperson vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk