Skilled Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and skilled Gardener on a beautiful private estate in Essex; on a full-time permanent basis.

The successful candidate will be required to join a small team on a beautiful 5-acre private estate in Essex.  The 2-acre formal gardens have been designed to a high standard, with mature trees and expansive lawns surrounding the main property.  The gardens consist of a mixture of areas housing ornamental shrubs, potted plants/trees, herbaceous borders and sculptures, ponds and woodland/ meadow grass areas.

The ideal candidate will be required to maintain the herbaceous beds and implement their maintenance plan, maintain hedging within the formal areas, topiaries and ponds. Developing the cut flower garden and producing seasonal flowers for the property, maintain and alternate seasonal bedding displays including a tropical summer theme to be grown on the estate, general maintenance duties of the estate such as tidying and pressure washing. The ideal candidate would have the capabilities to implement scheduled projects such as developing the woodland meadow and pest / weed control using cultural methods foremost only using chemical methods when necessary

In addition to previous experience of working on private estate gardens, the ideal candidate will have an excellent eye for detail and a comprehensive plant knowledge.  You should have a positive approach to your work, be attentive, self-motivated and be able to work cohesively in a small team. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to complete all tasks to a high standard and time efficiently.

The skilled gardener position would suit an individual looking to grow as a professional and within the role, ideally possessing a horticultural qualification to a level 2 standard or above with a minimum of 2 years’ prior experience working in similar environments. You should have a broad plant knowledge inclusive of herbaceous borders, pruning and best pruning methods, the care and maintenance of roses, fruit and cut flower production. Ideally the candidate should hold (PA1/PA6) spray certificates, but not essential as training can be provided.

SALARY:        £28,000
LOCATION:   Essex
JOB No:           EC45084

If this Skilled Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Niall Anderson 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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Plants Manager

Plants Area / General Duty Manager required

Job ref ADV401

We are a medium sized independent traditional family run Garden Centre serving the community for over 90 years. We have an extensive variety of excellent quality plants and horticultural products. Additionally, we offer a large range of garden sundries, home and giftware and a busy tearoom serving cooked meals. We are renowned for offering expert advice, with a focus on strong customer relationships. We sell hardy nursery stock, bedding plants, herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs.  A manager is now required to join us, taking responsibility for running and improving the Plants Department as well as acting as duty manager for the whole Garden Centre.

Job Brief

You will work closely with our sundries manager to ensure the smooth general running of the garden centre as well as taking specific sole responsibility for the plants department.

As Manager, you need to deliver a high-quality service to customers, ensuring the plants are presented to a high standard. This is a very hands-on role and you will be required to operate a fork lift truck and accept deliveries, as well as help out practically in dealing with issues that arise in the Garden Centre such as IT and tills. This position would suit those who have already gained some experience in garden centre retailing with good plant and product knowledge. You will need to be enthusiastic about plant retailing, have a flexible and adaptable approach and be a good team player.

Key Responsibilities
  • Working with the Sundries Manager to ensure the smooth running of the Garden Centre.
  • Ordering plants and product
  • Responsibility for stock management within the plant area through watering and health control.
  • Great presentation and display of plants and other stock
  • Good housekeeping standards across the department with accurate stock control
  • Delivering excellent customer sales and service
  • Leading a small team of outdoor staff
  • Checking and receiving deliveries of product.
  • Pricing, displaying, and merchandising of product.
  • Developing, motivating and training staff.
  • End of day cash handling and any administration that is required.
  • Opening up and end of day closing of the centre
  • Ensuring all Health and Safety measures are implemented and adhered to within the department.
Candidate Skills 

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Self-motivated to achieve high standards and able to work on their own initiative
  • Practical and hands-on
  • Preferably has several years’ experience working in a Garden Centre environment
  • Has a sound knowledge of Garden Centre retailing
  • Experience of management
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Has an eye for detail
  • Has strong plant knowledge
  • Has a good work ethic, a pleasant attitude and works well with others
  • Able to order products as per seasonal requirements, liaising with suppliers and buyers accordingly
  • Able to merchandise to maximise sales opportunities, promoting stock in key areas as and when required
Recommended
  • Having a qualification in a horticultural subject would be an advantage
  • Having a qualification in the use of a Fork lift truck would be an advantage
Working Pattern and benefits:
  • Full Time – 4 Weekdays and alternate Weekends (40 hrs per week)
  • 28 days Annual leave
  • Generous store staff discounts

www.smithsorchardgardencentre.com

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Landscape Gardener

Landscape Gardener required

Job Ref H099

Our client is an established design, construction, garden maintenance and garden restoration company based in Essex that has been established for 25 years. They are able to offer their clients a bespoke garden maintenance plan based on their exact requirements to keep their garden looking its best. They pride themselves on providing the highest standard of service and have a loyal and established portfolio of clients which include high end domestic customers as well as luxurious commercial sites. With clients spread throughout Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, London and the South East of England, their work is varied and interesting. They are currently seeking a Landscape Gardener to join the team assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the various sites.

Job Brief

Our client is looking for a friendly, motivated, and reliable candidate to become part of the Landscape Maintenance department and contribute to the quality of the service they provide and professionally represent the company. The successful candidate will be operating from the company offices and depot and will be involved in a range of soft landscaping activities which include:

-Grass cutting, feeding, scarifying, strimming & edging

-Hedge cutting and topiary work

-Planting, pruning, shrub and rose bed maintenance

-Weed control

-Fertilising, mulching & watering

Key Responsibilities

A suitable candidate will have prior experience working within the landscape maintenance environment.

-Deliver first quality maintenance on sites to their specification in a timely and efficient manner

-Demonstrate the ability to work well in a team and be able to follow instructions

-Show a good understanding of all health and safety regulations, and always adhering to them.

-Being able to confidently deal with horticultural maintenance matters on site.

-The client emphasises the need for excellent communication skills to successfully engage with customers, clients, and team members.

Candidate Skills

This role entails being the representative of the company on the ground and will need to conduct yourself that portrays the business in accordance with its values and approach at all times. Candidates must be physically fit as the role involves lifting, handling and moving of heavy garden and landscape materials.

The ideal candidate will hold:

-A full UK manual driving licence (required)

-Good horticultural knowledge (Qualification desirable)

-Previous experience working within a similar environment

-Experience using a wide range of machinery

PA1/PA6a, Chainsaw and CSCS certificates are desirable, but not essential, and where required the client will assist in the training those certificates.

If this Landscape Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Niall Anderson on 01233 732767 or niall@horticruitment.com.

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

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Plantarea Assistant Manager

Plantarea Assistant Manager required

Job Ref G125

Our client is a family run business with a passion for plants and everything gardening. They believe in traditional service and offer excellent quality and value on literally thousands of products. With over 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, they offer a huge range of the finest quality plants which are carefully sourced and set out in displays which are coordinated for colour and planting situations.

Job Description:

As Plantarea Assistant Manager you would be responsible for the day to day running of all plant areas, maintaining a high standard of presentation on retail areas and monitoring the quality and health of all plant stock on site. You should be able to work with and motivate a team to achieve the best possible customer service while creating a smooth running and pleasant environment for our customers.

Candidates must have:

-A sound knowledge of plants, pests, and diseases, preferably with horticulture qualifications

-An eye for detail and creative skills for presentation

-Previous experience in plant retailing

-Good communication skills when dealing with customers, colleagues and suppliers.

-A positive attitude with the ability to inspire and motive your team

-Flexibility, enthusiasm, good organisational skills and judgement, while being commercially aware

Working Pattern and benefits:

-Full Time - 4 Weekdays and alternate Weekends (39 hrs per week)

-28 days Annual leave

-Generous store staff discounts

Key Skills:

As an independent Garden Centre with a strong focus on plants, our client is committed to growing the business, setting high standards and delivering excellence customer service. They are currently seeking an experienced Plantarea Assistant Manager with good logistical skills, an eye for detail and a hands-on approach. Horticultural retail experience is a requirement.

If this Plantarea Assistant Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Niall Anderson on 01233 732767 or niall@horticruitment.com.

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Lawn Maintenance Technician

Lawn Maintenance Technician

Job Ref T044

Our client is the UK’s number 1 independent, family run lawn care company that has been established for nearly 20 years centered around team building and career development opportunities. Offering a range of clients a top-quality lawn treatment service using expert knowledge, materials, and equipment. They ensure their technicians are trained to the highest standards, to continue to offer their loyal clients the best service. They are now seeking a Lawn Care technician to join their team.  

Job Brief

As a Lawn Care Technician, you would visit between 10-25 customer properties each day, covering areas such as Essex, Hertfordshire and part of Cambridgeshire; however, their radius is always expanding. Candidates would be required to visit the main depot 1-2 times a week, therefore applicants from further afield would be welcome. You would largely manage your own day, while having the support of the office team back at the depot, ready to assist you where needed. Duties would include:

-Expertly applying fertilisers, moss treatments, and weed treatments to customer lawns.

-You would also be responsible for carrying out renovation work: scarification, aeration, and lawn seeding.

-You would be the face of the company, meeting with the customers, providing problem-solving assistance through professional, scientific, expert advice on all lawn care related matters, recommending additional services where needed and relevant.

-Visit potential new customers, offering advice on the services that the company can provide them and so begin to develop the customer relationship

Key Responsibilities

-Deliver first quality maintenance on sites to their specification in a timely and efficient manner

-Demonstrate the ability to successfully manage your own day

-Show a good understanding of all health and safety regulations, and always adhering to them.

-Being able to confidently deal with horticultural maintenance matters on site.

-The client emphasises the need for excellent communication skills to successfully engage with customers, clients, and team members.

Candidate Skills

This role entails being the representative of the company on the ground and will need to conduct yourself in a manner that portrays the business in accordance with its values and approach at all times. This is also a route for someone who is ambitious to join a progressive company and develop into a role with more responsibility. This would involve you being trained to expertly handle high-quality lawn renovation machinery to achieve the best results for your customers.

The ideal candidate will hold:

-A full UK manual driving licence (required).

-Professional, customer-focused interpersonal skills for face-to-face and phone interactions with customers.

-Able to prioritise and organise, with good attention to detail. You must be able to keep track of your daily tasks and manage your own daily workload as well liaising with the office team for any customer requests/questions.

-Ability to work well in a team

-Good communication skills, liaising with the office team to problem solve and provide excellent customer service.

-GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.

-Experience working within a similar environment

PA1/PA6a, desirable, but not essential, and where required the client will assist in the training. Candidates will be subject to a DBS check.

Working Hours:

Typical hours of work are Monday to Friday 7:30 to 16:00, with a 30-minute lunch break.

Start and finish times can be variable due to the nature of a driving position.

Working hours are then increased to 7:30 to 17:00 during the busy lawn renovation time in September and October to allow for additional time off at Christmas and New Year.

Benefits:

-Commission on work sold and done

-Company Sick Pay

-Paid emergency/compassionate leave

-Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave Pay

-Performance Development Scheme

-Paid Training

-Team Building Days

-Company Vehicle Provided for Lawn Technicians for commuting and visiting customer properties and the depot.

-Christmas Break Scheme

-Career Progression Pathway Provided

-Break Out Facilities Provided

-Work Devices Provided

-Paid Overtime

-Well-Being Support

-Annual Leave Flexibility

-Employee Consultation

-Occupational Health Surveillance

-Uniform Provided

-Free Annual grass Treatments and Aeration

-Internal Competitions and Prizes

If this Lawn Maintenance Technician vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Horticultural Dispatch Team Member

Horticultural Dispatch Team Member required

Job Ref ADV366

Classiflora is one of the UKs leading specialists in the import and supply of hardy exterior European specimen plants, trees, shrubs and topiary.

We have exciting opportunities for the right candidates to join our ever growing company in Waltham Abbey as Horticultural Dispatch Team Members. As part of this role you will work in a team Packing/Prepping and ensuring all plants/trees/shrubs are in excellent condition leaving the nursery.

Monday-Friday 8-5pm (weekends in the height of the season are a must) also overtime in the height of the season.

EXPERIENCE:

-The right candidates will have experience operating gardening equipment with experience in weeding and trimming plants.

-Working in the plant area this is a high volume environment with fast turnaround

Skills Required:

-Physically fit (hands on role with some heavy lifting)

-Plant Knowledge

-Team Worker

-Attention to detail

-Working to deadlines

-Self-motivated

-To have the ability to work in fast paced environment.

Benefits

Up to 23K + OVERTIME/DOE

28 DAYS HOLIDAYS INC BANK HOLIDAYS

Comapany Pension

Onsite parking

www.classiflora.com


Grower

Experienced Bedding Plant Grower required

Job Ref ADV367

A vacancy has arisen in our well established family run nursery for an experienced Bedding Plant Grower to be responsible for the day to day running of our plant production area.

Plants Galore is a well-established family run Nursery & Garden Centre based in Roydon, Essex, now on its third generation. We supply Perennials, Topiary and Bedding plants on a wholesale basis to Garden Centres, Landscapers and Building projects while maintaining a loyal retail customer base. 

Duties and responsibilities are as follows:

-Crop production of bedding/perennial plants from start to finish

-Supervision and training of team of workers

-Potting

-Spraying

The position requires good plant and production knowledge. The ability to manage and supervise a varied workforce especially agency staff is essential.

The applicant must be willing to work weekends and be able to work independently and on their own initiative.

Salary £30,000 pa

28 days holiday

Free on site parking

Staff discount after 6 months

www.plantsgaloreonline.co.uk

 


Estate Worker

An excellent opportunity has become available for a skilled estate worker to join a family-run private Grade 2* estate on the Essex/Suffolk border.

The estate is made up of about 50 acres including woodland, meadows, a 3-acre formal garden, a croquet lawn and swimming pool area. The garden has occasionally been open to the public in the past to help raise money for charities.

The Estate Worker will be part of a very friendly small professional team in a positive environment and will be responsible for the overall maintenance of the Estate. Duties include routine (both planned and reactive) maintenance, fault finding and general repairs to all internal and external areas of the Estate and with overall responsibility for security, the utilities, fire and intruder alarms. Carpentry, decorating and basic plumbing and electrical skills are required, and particularly swimming pool maintenance. In the summer, assistance with cutting lawns will be necessary.

Candidates will need to have adequate knowledge to be able to work on your own initiative and carry out repairs and work without supervision in the most efficient and proactive manner. You will understand and take responsibility for the successful day-to-day repairs & maintenance services on the Estate & grounds. The estate worker will be proactive, a good team player, have a ‘can do’ attitude and an excellent understanding of health and safety issues. The successful candidate must be a team player, hardworking, able to operate machinery, along with plant knowledge and a friendly manner with a flexible approach to their work. The estate is positioned in a secluded location therefore the candidates must be able to drive and be prepared to have a DBS check with references.

Accommodation can be provided rent free for the successful applicant if required. Further details to be discussed. Partners, children and pets are welcome.

SALARY:        Circa £26,000 plus accommodation     

LOCATION: Essex / Suffolk border

JOB No:          EC36356

If this Estate Worker 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 Estate Worker 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 Estate Worker vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Gardener

A passionate and driven all rounded Gardener is sought after on a full time and permanent basis for a beautiful grade II* listed private estate on the Essex / Suffolk Border.

The garden was designed 25 years ago by the garden designer George Carter and has been developed into a stunning vista garden with incredible landscape views and expansive lawns. The estate covers about 50 acres including woodland, meadows and a 3-acre formal garden consisting of a rose garden, topiary, yew hedging a walled garden (cutting borders, raised beds, espalier fruit trees lining the walls of the garden, orangery), a large heated glasshouse housing tropical plants. There is also a croquet lawn and swimming pool area. The majority of the garden is kept organic, and the owners are looking to continue to promote organic practices and methods. The garden has occasionally been open to the public in the past to help raise money for charities.

The owners are friendly and have a positive working environment at the estate. A testament to this is that the staff have all stayed for long periods of time. The team currently consists of two other gardeners, a handyperson and a driver who occasionally helps with the gardening. The Lady of the house has a very keen interest in the garden and is passionate about plants. She used to be hands-on in the garden but has taken a step back and works closely with the gardeners. They are looking for an enthusiastic gardener to join on a long-term basis to manage and maintain the gardens.

The successful candidate must be a team player, hardworking, able to operate machinery, along with plant knowledge and a friendly manner with a flexible approach to their work. The estate is positioned in a secluded location therefore the candidates must be able to drive and be prepared to have a DBS check with references.

Accommodation can be provided rent free for the successful applicant if required. Further details to be discussed. Partners, children, and pets are welcome.

SALARY:        Circa £26,000 plus accommodation      
LOCATION: Essex / Suffolk border
JOB No:          EC36252

If this 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.

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

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Garden Centre Manager

Garden Centre Manager required

Job Ref S222

Our client has a family run independently owned garden centre serving the community for over 40 years. The centre has seen continuous growth over recent years and is now one of the largest garden centres in Essex. The centre boasts a fantastic plantarea, as well as a wide range of gifts, homeware, furniture, and a very successful pet and aquatic centre, and a busy on site restaurant; all presented to high standards of Retailing. The turnover of the centre is £1-£1.5 million, and they are aiming to hit their £3million target this year.

They are currently seeking a General Manager who will support the owner in all daily operations.

Job Description:

Duties and responsibilities would include the following:

-To manage motivate and support a large team of staff of roughly 35

-Ensure daily work schedules are created and actioned

-Efficient and effective communications within the business

-Achievement of sales and profit targets

-To create and achieve a sharp, neat, professional shop floor image of the highest standards

-Health & Safety management of the site

-Provide input into the overall buying strategy

-To keep abreast of the latest trends and styles in garden centre retail

-To provide input into Marketing strategies liaising with the media

-Ensure the website is kept up to date and looking fresh

-To organise promotional activities and actively build contacts with key people

Key Skills:

The appointed person will have a minimum of 3 years experience at a Garden Centre Manager level, with experience in a fast paced environment, and will able to support the owner in developing the business offering a fresh innovative environment at all times.

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Garden Centre 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 Centre Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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