Retail Assistant

Retail Assistant required

Job Ref G890

A fourth-generation family owned and run business supplying plants to garden centres, wholesalers and landscape customers to locations across the Southeast of England.

A leading grower at the forefront of peat free production, recently expanding in to peat free house plant production.

The nursery also has a retail area for the general public which is experiencing rapid growth year on year and is an area earmarked for future expansion, experience in this area would be a bonus.

Our client believes in producing the highest quality Plants for their customers, no matter what their size. Their customers and the products they supply are always their main priority.

This is a truly unique opportunity to join a business with a wide and diverse customer base and product range.

Job Description:
Day to day
  • Watering, pruning, weeding and treating plant stock for pests and disease
  • Putting plants into pots and trays, ready to sell
  • Setting out displays of plants
  • Using a wheelbarrow or trolley to move heavy items such as trees or bags of soil
  • Helping to carry and load heavy items to customers’ cars
  • Operating the till at the checkout, taking cash and card payments
  • Pricing stock and filling the benches
  • Organising new stock from the nursery
  • Advising customers on plant choice and care
Key Skills:
  • Good horticultural knowledge of different types of plant, including where they grow best and how to care for them
  • to enjoy working with plants
  • good customer service and retail skills, selling products and services to clients including garden centres.
  • good verbal communication skills
  • physical skills such as mobility and co-ordination
  • to work outside in all types of weather
  • to follow health and safety rules and wear protective clothing like gloves and boots for some jobs.

Average 40 hours per week. This role will require weekend and bank holiday working, and hours will vary depending on the season.

Working Environment

You will spend time working outdoors at the centre contributing to deliveries, and movement and care of stock in all weathers. You may also spend time inside the centre’s shop or taking payments for sales from customers at cash desks.

If this Retail Assistant vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Retail Assistant 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 Retail Assistant will have been unsuccessful.

www.horticruitment.com


Trainee Groundsperson

Trainee Groundsperson required

My client, located near Bearsted, Kent, is seeking an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to join the team as a Trainee Greenkeeper/Groundsperson. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a genuine passion for working outdoors and a keen interest in maintaining stunning landscapes. As a Trainee Greenkeeper/Groundsperson, you will have the chance to learn and develop your skills within a beautiful 80-acre Private Estate environment.

Although previous experience is not essential it will be important for candidates to demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in horticulture. As such, it would be advantageous to show a background in working on private estates, volunteering or paid employment. However, full training on the job will be offered, working under the guidance of the current Head Gardener.

The gardens within the 80-acre estate have been developed to provide a biodiverse and sustainable legacy, featuring areas of woodland, hedgerows, orchards, wildflower meadows and biodiverse roofs. The ornamental gardens are planted with naturally drought tolerant plants to create a more sustainable and self-maintaining landscape. Other elements within the estate include an ornamental pond, a tree lined avenue approach to the main property, a sour cherry orchard and over 27,000 native trees have been planted to create extensive areas of future woodland. 

It will be encouraged for candidates to wish to engage in an academic program to obtain a relevant qualification; either as an attendee at a local college or as a distance learner which will be supported by the owners. It will be subject to discussion with the candidates as to which of these options is best for the individual and employer.

Under the guidance of the existing Head Gardener, the Trainee Gardener will be learning a variety of grounds management practices, including but not limited to, formal lawn care, maintenance of irrigation systems, weeding and assisting with the installation of new plants. Other aspects of the role will involve general maintenance of the grounds including assisting with pool maintenance, keeping areas of the estate clean and tidy, machinery maintenance and monitoring of sewage treatment plant, borehole and gas and diesel levels.  

The job is, of necessity outdoors, with the requirement to work in all weathers and is physically demanding. Candidates will be able to communicate well and possess a friendly and helpful personality with a can-do approach to ensure the job is completed on time to a high standard.

The role is full time with working hours 5 days per week of 40 hours, 7:00am – 3:00pm, with a generous holiday entitlement of 25 days per year plus public Bank Holidays. Due to the remote location and the possible need to travel to college, candidates will need to hold a full driver’s licence with one’s own transport. Salary will be subject to experience but will be at least minimum wage (age related) however the client is happy to explore candidates who may have held some experience within the industry. This is an exciting role for which the successful candidate will gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of private-estate gardening.

Please note that for this role a covering letter is required from all applicants describing why you are looking to get into the horticultural industry, as well as any prior experience you may have had in the sector on a personal or professional capacity.

SALARY:        Up to £21,686
LOCATION: Bearsted, Kent
JOB No:          EC61162

If this Trainee Groundsperson vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

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

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Sole Gardener

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time Sole Gardener to assist with the maintenance and future developments of the grounds and gardens for a stunning site based near Bromley.

The property is owned by a charitable organisation that has been providing residential care for over 300-years and is dedicated to maintaining beautiful gardens that contribute to their resident’s well-being and quality of life. The 5-acre site contains a wealth of diverse horticultural elements including a central quadrangle that features herbaceous borders, shrubs and bedding plants, putting lawn and fishpond. Other elements include formal lawns, box topiary, wildflowers, strip trees and raised beds.

The successful candidate will initially be based at the charity’s headquarters located only 7 miles away, so they can meet and get to know the wider horticultural team, before moving over to the other site. The substantial gardens make up much of the 11-acres at headquarters, wrapping around the various and historic buildings, instilling a relaxed and homely feel for the beneficiaries, staff and visitors alike. The award-winning gardens feature sweeping lawns, box topiary, lily pond and box parterre. Also on site is a rose garden, memorial garden, woodland walk and allotment areas which allow the residents to grow fruit and vegetables and produce honey from on-site beehives.  

Reporting to the Gardens Manager, the Sole Gardener will be responsible for all aspects of garden care and ornamental horticulture as well as lawn maintenance, operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery and any other horticultural duties that may arise. There is considerable scope for development of the grounds and gardens and the Gardens Manager is open to new ideas with regards to developing new areas, getting the residents involved with the gardening, operating tours and workshops etc.

The successful candidate will have excellent horticultural knowledge with a recognised horticultural qualification being highly desirable. A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in the horticultural sector with plenty of hands-on experience, as well as a good understanding of a wide variety of landscape strategies combined with a strong knowledge of plants. A demonstratable ability to establish and sustain a good working relationship with the clients residents and horticultural team, as well as holding the initiative to work alone with excellent communication and customer service skills.

SALARY:        £28,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: Bromley
JOB No:          EC60669

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe 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.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager required.

Job Ref: G700

Established in 1999, our client runs 4 family owned and operated garden centres across Kent, focusing on excellent customer service, quality plants and value for money. They are passionate about horticulture and pride themselves upon the quality of their plants which is why they are part of the Garden Centre Association which guarantees expertise, impeccable service, and the highest quality. They employ like-minded experienced horticulturalists at their Centres to ensure they maintain their exceptional levels of customer care; they are now looking for a knowledgeable Plantarea Manager to join their friendly team.   

Job Description

The Plantarea Manager will have complete knowledge of the product range together with an ability to operate the department effectively, employing the Company’s operational, sales and services policies, making sure staff are well motivated and ensuring customers’ needs are met.

Duties and responsibilities would include the following:

  • Planning daily tasks and controlling staff levels, with the Assistant Manager and Centre Manager where needed and appropriate.
  • Ensure that stock, quality, and presentation is maintained in a highly saleable condition and stock is priced correctly and displayed with the relevant POS.
  • Advise and implement product ranges and establish effective re-ordering systems with the guidance and assistance of the Head of Horticulture.
  • Assist the Stock Controller to accurately manage the booking in of stock via the EPOS system.
  • Talk with, advise, and assist customers in a friendly, informative and positive manner. Understanding the importance of sales and make the team recognise and implement the importance of excellent customer service and support.
  • Ensure that high standards of housekeeping and cleanliness are maintained throughout the department on a day-to-day basis.
  • Review sales using EPOS figures and inform the wider management of slow-moving lines as well as those that are exceeding sales targets.
  • Assist ad train staff in developing their product knowledge with regards to specialist product areas.
  • Aid with the day-to-day running of the whole centre when asked by the Assistant Manager or Centre Manager including key holding, security and cash handling duties reporting any discrepancies.
Key Skills

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a creative attitude towards plant retailing to deliver consistently high standards of merchandising and displays.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • An eye for detail, excellent house keeping & stock control management.
  • A passion for customer service and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Ability to lead, train and motivate a team.
  • Knowledge and a passion for horticulture.

Please note this is a physically demanding, manual role.

What the client can offer:

  • 20% staff discount on most purchases
  • 28 days holiday including Bank Holidays
  • Auto-enrolment Pension Scheme
  • Training and Development

A qualification in a horticultural subject would also be desirable but not essential. If you have experience in any of the following areas, we would like to hear from you.

  • Nursery Manager
  • Nursery Supervisor
  • Nursery Team Leader
  • Plantarea Assistant/Supervisor
  • Plantarea Assistant Manager

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact David Sercombe on 01233 732767 or david@horticruitment.com

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

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Recruitment Intern (Paid)

Recruitment Intern (Paid) required

Paid Graduate internships with an immediate start are now available.

Contract Type: Internship/Placement (6-12 month fixed-term contract, permanent positions, and progression available)

In line with our ambitious growth plans, we are looking to scale up our team. We’re looking to bring on board ambitious and driven individuals seeking a career or work experience in recruitment at a well-established and expanding recruitment agency. Full training will be provided.

Who are we?

Horticruitment is a specialist recruitment agency leading the way in providing personalised and professional recruitment services for the horticulture industry across the UK and Internationally.

Based in our modern HQ at High House Business Park, Ashford, we are a passionate team that care about providing a quality recruitment service.

The Role

We offer an excellent bespoke training program to help build your overall knowledge of recruitment and the techniques you will need to succeed in the role. When you join, you will be provided with one-on-one training and mentorship. The training will cover all areas of recruitment such as, candidate sourcing and engagement, contract negotiation, recruitment systems and best practices.

The primary purpose of this role is to supply resourcing activity through the cultivation and engagement of candidates and prospects. Ensuring that all candidates have an excellent experience as they join the resourcing process thus contributing to the overall success of the recruitment process.

What will I do?

  • Identify prospective candidates for horticultural roles throughout the UK
  • Use tools such as LinkedIn, Job boards and other data sources to map and source the best talent for our agencies
  • Analyse and provide competitor insight
  • Use open-source data to map candidate talent markets
  • Registering candidates onto our recruitment systems
  • Onboard candidates

What will I be expected to achieve?

  • Generating Prospects in line with agreed KPIs
  • Ensuring the delivery of an excellent candidate journey
  • Increasing candidate engagement throughout the recruitment process and events

What skills do I need?

  • Driven and resilient with a drive to reach individual and group targets
  • Self- motivated and able to take accountability for your growth
  • Fluent in English
  • Great written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure

What we can offer

  • Industry leading training
  • Fast-track career progression based on performance
  • Pension contribution
  • 28 days holiday per year including bank holidays
  • Salary: £21,000

If this Recruitment Intern vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Resourcer vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to everyone.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Resourcer vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager vacancy

Job Ref T097

Our client has a well -established Garden Centre with a core focus on plants. 80% of the plants on sale are grown within their own nurseries and this allows them to keep their prices competitive. Customer satisfaction is a priority, and they pride themselves on the great team they have built offering fantastic customer service and plant advice.  They are currently looking for a knowledgeable and passionate plantsperson to manage the outside sales area, supporting and leading the existing team of knowledgeable staff.

Job Description:

Duties and responsibilities would include the following:

  • Supervision of staff
  • Good communication with Nursery Managers to keep up to date with product availability and planning the season to ensure plants are available for sale when most saleable.
  • Stock control and maximizing sales opportunities through themed displays.
  • Over see and assist with the general housekeeping ensuring the sales area is well presented.
  • Engaging with customers, offering plant advice and help to create a good customer experience.
  • Duty management responsibilities of the garden centre as required
Key Skills:

Candidates will ideally have the following:

  • Great communication skills
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Good plant knowledge and passion for plants and horticulture
  • Ability to be creative and create eye catching displays
  • Good organisation skills

Ideally candidates will have management experience within the garden centre retail sector. However, above all else, the candidate needs to have good customer service skills, supplemented with a good and varied plant knowledge. Therefore, candidates will be considered with applicable experience from other horticultural backgrounds.

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matthew Parker on 01233 732767 or matthew@horticruitment.com

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

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 Plantarea 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 Plantarea Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.horticruitment.com


Lecturer in Horticulture

Lecturer in Horticulture required

Job Ref ADV430

Where you’ll work: This role is based at Hadlow College.

Your hours: 29.6 hours per week, 52 weeks per annum (FTE 0.8).

Your pay: Spine Points 32C (£28,000 full time equivalent) to 37 (£35,104 full time equivalent), rising to a ceiling of Spine Point 39 (£37,251 full time equivalent) with a full teaching qualification.

Working within North Kent College’s Horticulture curriculum area, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitability qualified, experienced and passionate individual to join the team as a Lecturer in Horticulture .

The horticulture department at Hadlow has invested heavily in new facilities to support the faculty including a new Venlo glasshouse, hydroponic facilities, vertical growing unit, innovative orchard and vineyard and specialist machinery to support including harvesters, robotic sprayers and drone technology.

You’ll be required to prepare, teach and assess at a variety of qualification levels, providing support and guidance to your learners as they progress through their studies.

Specialist knowledge in a field of horticulture would be advantageous, which may be enhanced by any relevant industry / professional experience, as well as a formal qualification that underpins this knowledge .

We need you to be a team player and an excellent communicator, able to maintain a proactive approach and an eye for detail whilst working to challenging deadlines.

Teaching experience, particularly within Further Education, would be advantageous but isn’t essential. Likewise, although a full teaching qualification (at Level 5 or above) isn’t required at this stage, you would need to secure this within 3 years of appointment.

In return, we’ll give you 42 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time contracts), and you’ll be enrolled onto the Teachers’ Pension Scheme which also includes life assurance. You’ll also benefit from free parking and have access to a range of onsite facilities including a nursery (Dartford and Gravesend campuses), restaurants and coffee shops.

For a full job description and to apply, please visit North Kent College’s staff vacancies page.

www.northkent.ac.uk/contact/work-for-us

The closing date for applications is Monday 12th December 2022.

North Kent College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and all staff have a responsibility to share and maintain this commitment. In line with the requirements of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, appropriate safeguarding checks (including an enhanced DBS check) will be undertaken on all individuals selected for appointment. Posts at the College, a specified establishment where the work gives opportunity for contact with children, are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. It is an offence to apply for a post which involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children if you are barred from doing so. Please be advised that, again in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, shortlisted candidates (who wish to accept an invite to interview) will be required to complete and submit prior to their interview a self-declaration of their criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. Further guidance / information from the Ministry of Justice can be found on GOV.UK.

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.


Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager required

Job Ref T089

Our client has a well -established Garden Centre with a core focus on plants. 80% of the plants on sale are grown within their own nurseries and this allows them to keep their prices competitive. Customer satisfaction is a priority, and they pride themselves on the great team they have built offering fantastic customer service and plant advice.  They are currently looking for a knowledgeable and passionate plantsperson to manage the outside sales area, supporting and leading the existing team of knowledgeable staff.

Job Description:

Duties and responsibilities would include the following:

  • Supervision of staff
  • Good communication with Nursery Managers to keep up to date with product availability and planning the season to ensure plants are available for sale when most saleable.
  • Stock control and maximizing sales opportunities through themed displays.
  • Over see and assist with the general housekeeping ensuring the sales area is well presented.
  • Engaging with customers, offering plant advice and help to create a good customer experience.
  • Duty management responsibilities of the garden centre as required
Key Skills:

Candidates will ideally have the following:

  • Great communication skills
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Good plant knowledge and passion for plants and horticulture
  • Ability to be creative and create eye catching displays
  • Good organisation skills

Ideally candidates will have management experience within the garden centre retail sector. However, above all else, the candidate needs to have good customer service skills, supplemented with a good and varied plant knowledge. Therefore, candidates will be considered with applicable experience from other horticultural backgrounds.

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matthew Parker on 01233 732767 or matthew@horticruitment.com.

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

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 Plantarea 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 Plantarea Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.horticruitment.com


Gardener

Kitchen Gardener/Horticulturist required

JOB REF ADV399

Salary £20,800 + 28 days holiday

Full time but part-time or freelance considered.

Take over our small organic Georgian Walled Garden at Oxon Hoath Country Estate Retreat  -  it will feel like your own! Experienced Kitchen Gardener/ Horticulturalist welcomed.

Full description

Beautiful Oxon Hoath Country Estate Retreat requires an experienced Horticulturalist/Kitchen Gardener to take over our Georgian Walled Garden which has full organic status.

Ideally, applicants will have suitable qualifications (RHS Level 2 or equivalent, or be on track to acquire them); experience in kitchen gardening and a strong interest in the principles of organic gardening.

This is a very hands-on role and requires a good level of physical fitness, a strong work ethic and the skills to plan the production of year-round fruit and vegetables for the kitchen. The role also involves managing the Soil Association certification.

Good communication skills and an affable nature are required to show guests round the garden from time to time and liaise with the chef and other senior house staff. There are opportunities to be creative and expand the range of produce and the activities in the Walled Garden. This is a very rare opportunity for a dedicated gardener looking to acquire a position of responsibility in a very charismatic place with a friendly atmosphere and a small successful independent business. Your own transport is essential. Part time or freelance considered.

www.oxonhoath.co.uk


Community Gardener

Community Gardener required

Job Ref ADV395

Communigrow is a registered food education charity based in East Malling, Maidstone, Kent. We are focused on reconnecting people to freshly grown food, the outdoor environment it comes from and the soil it grows in. We want to teach people from all walks of life about how to grow their own food and reconnect with nature. Learning, teaching, caring and sharing are the core aspects of the Communigrow project. We care about ethical food production, land and nature conservation and personal and collective well-being.

We are seeking a community gardener with experience of teaching horticulture. Communigrow uses horticulture to educate support and inspire everyone in our community by enriching lives, and for disadvantaged groups in achieving greater independence

Purpose of the role

To support the horticultural volunteers, giving them essential skills to become competent with vegetable propagation and soil/growing areas preparation and maintenance.

To provide supported learning opportunities for young people & adults with additional support needs (commissioned groups/placements).

To manage the veg box scheme (from point of harvest to sales).

Person specification

Passionate about horticulture and the benefits to individuals of growing fresh food and outdoor physical activity.

Prior experience educating and engaging with young people, adults or community groups of all abilities & experience in horticulture related activities.

Horticulture related qualification (or working towards) and track record of horticultural work.

Experience of supporting & motivating volunteers.

Full (or working towards) qualification in the teaching of adults, Certificate in Education/ DTLLS or equivalent.

Experience of delivering informal / community learning

Hours will be 30 hours negotiable

For the full job description please click here - job description.

www.communigrow.org.uk

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.