Horticulturalist Gardener

Horticulturalist Gardener required

Job Ref ADV429

Holiday: 28 days holiday (includes Bank Holidays)

Birthday day: All employees have their Birthday as paid holiday

Pay grade: £23,000 - £26,000- based on experience and qualifications

Reporting Relationships: Reporting to – Horticultural Director

Benefits:
  • Use of a company van
  • Uniform (All weather) and essential safety equipment
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • 20 days holiday plus bank holidays (per annum, pro rata)
  • All employees have their Birthday as paid holiday
  • Opportunities for overtime and flexible working hours

Start Date: As soon as possible

Working with us:

We are a small personable team dedicated to maintaining gardens with excellent horticultural standards within a 40-50 minute radius of Solihull. We focus on maintaining the borders, planting and overall planning and improvement of the garden to get the best results all year round. We ensure that gardens are pruned correctly at the right time of year, annual gardening tasks are carried out and the garden evolves to be better every year.

The business has two branches - garden design and garden maintenance - meaning that the role is varied and that we are involved with a host of exciting projects. Design and planting is especially interesting to us as we believe it makes a real difference to how clients use and enjoy their gardens during the seasons.

We have close links to landscapers and mowing contractors so though small, we are able to work together with others to plan and maintain larger gardens.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about horticulture, is ready to take that next step in their career and be a key player to develop themselves and the business going forward. The right person will have the same drive and enthusiasm to get stuck into the business and our exciting projects, creating and caring for inspiring, great gardens and will be properly recognised and rewarded for their valuable contribution.

Job summary:

We are looking for a passionate, personable and knowledgeable horticulturalist to maintain and improve a collection of privately owned gardens and small estates to a high standard.

The role will require a real drive and desire to deliver quality garden services to high-end residential houses. A hands-on and bright attitude is required to fit into the company culture and a thirst for knowledge to continue progressing within the role.

When working independently or with a colleague, you will take full responsibility of a van and tools, taking the lead in the decision-making for each gardening visit.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • To work under direct supervision of senior colleague/manager.
  • Be a people person, personable, well-mannered and presentable. This is particularly important as we deal with high-end clients
  • Full and clean UK driving license
  • Will be the responsibility of the employee to travel to/from jobs within approximately 30 mile radius of their home addresses (Dependant on home address location.)

(a)        Professional Skills:

  • To have Horticultural qualification(s)
  • To have a sound plant knowledge over a range of plant groups
  • To have theory and practical skill in hedge trimming and topiary (with plant health as the main priority)
  • To have good knowledge and practical skill in pruning and training plants (with plant health as the main priority)
  • To have good knowledge (including plants required) and practical skill in planting up, maintenance and watering of seasonal containers. (including plants required)
  • To have theory and practical skill in lawn maintenance
  • To have theory and knowledge of fruit tree pruning
  • To have knowledge vegetable growing
  • To have an overall good understanding of annual gardening tasks throughout the seasons
  • Confident with plant health and cross-contamination measures
  • Understanding of common pests and diseases with preventative and treatment methods.
  • Good knowledge of tools and how to use them effectively
  • To have an awareness of health and safety at work and adhere to safety procedures as necessary.
  • Proven experience using machinery.
  • The use and maintenance of hand tools and basic light machinery.
  • The use and care of cylinder and rotary mowers, hedgecutters, strimmers and leaf blowers
  • The use of larger tractor mowers and John Deere Gator or similar- at some jobs
  • Adjustments of mower height and quality of cut, etc. Oil level checks and checks for damage to any mower.
  • To ensure all equipment, machinery and buildings are secure
  • To manage own delegated work load independently.
  • Adhere to administration procedures promptly (such as timesheets, annual and bank holiday forms) and relay information to manager as required
  • Report any damaged equipment, any potential hazard and regularly check PPE and first aid box.
Personal Management

(b)        Interpersonal Skills:

  • You are expected to arrive promptly for work.
  • To be able to work independently or as part of a team
  • To be friendly, courteous and have a willingness to learn
  • To have a smart appearance
  • Tidy and considerate (side access is not always available so we often go through people’s homes)
  • To have good time management skills
  • To have an attention to detail approach but be able to work efficiently and effectively alone or as part of a team.
  • To be able to show initiative and take instruction as required
  • Knowledge of or the desire to learn more about horticulture, expand knowledge and attend courses
  • An appreciation of and understanding of garden design
  • The need to be flexible with working days and hours will be essential
  • To be responsible and pro-active for own learning and development.

www.neilwilkinsondesign.co.uk

 

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