Skilled Gardener

A rare opportunity has arisen on a stunning private estate located close to Littlehampton, West Sussex, for a Skilled Gardener to join the team.  This position would suit a presentable and time-served experience gardener with demonstrable experience of working on private estate gardens.

The property spans 50-acres in total, of which 15-acres is managed as a formal garden.  Large expanses of lawn are interspersed with mature trees, areas of ornamental shrubs, potted plants/trees, herbaceous borders and sculptures.  A separate cottage is also located within the estate, with its own garden areas.  The majestic main house provides a focus for the estate, which benefits from views across the garden and to the paddocks beyond. 

Applicants should ideally hold a horticultural qualification at level 2 or above and a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a similar environment. He / She will have comprehensive plant knowledge including herbaceous borders, pruning, rose care, fruit and vegetable propagation and fine lawn care. Applicants should have a demonstrable background in horticulture and possess a good level of competency in the operation and basic maintenance of garden machinery, spray certificates (PA1/PA6) are desirable but not essential. Candidates must be presentable, positive in their approach to the job at hand, physically fit, be able to manage your time efficiently, and be able to apply excellent attention to detail at all times.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced, skilled gardener to work on a beautiful private estate in a sought-after part of the country, on a permanent full-time basis. Seasonal variation in work hours may apply during periods of very hot or cold weather, for example, as expected.

This is a truly exciting opportunity for an experience and enthusiastic gardener to be part of a friendly team and be responsible for maintaining a stunning private garden to a high standard.  Candidates must hold a full driving licence and will be subject to a CRB check by the client.

SALARY:  Circa £24,000-£26,000 per annum depending on experience
LOCATION:  Littlehampton, West Sussex
JOB No: EC43956

If this Skilled 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 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 this Skilled Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager required

Job Ref Z700

Our client is an independent garden centre offering a fantastic variety and diverse range of excellent quality plants and Horticultural products. The centre manager together with the team, strive to cater for every gardening requirement and pride themselves on their customer service and ability to make a visit to the centre a pleasurable experience. Their expert team are always ready to provide expert advice in all areas of the centre. There is a vast range of quality stock from hardy nursery stock, bedding plants, herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs.  A Plantarea Manager is now required to join the team, reporting directly to the Garden Centre Manager, and taking responsibility for running and continuously improving the Plantarea Department.

Job Brief

Our client is looking for an exceptional candidate with previous experience in a similar environment and role.  As Plantarea Manager, you will deliver an exceptional service to customers, ensuring the quality of the plants are presented to a high standard. In this fact-paced, hands-on role, you will focus on all areas of plant care/sales. This position would suit those who have already gained some experience in garden centre retailing with good plant and product knowledge. You will be enthusiastic and keen to deliver high standards of plant retailing will have a flexible and adaptable approach and be a good team player.

Key Responsibilities

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

-Presentation and displays of a vast range of exciting plants

-Creating an inspirational environment that is well maintained

-Good housekeeping standards across the department with accurate stock control

-Delivering excellent customer sales and service

-Working as part of a highly successful and efficient team

-Working proactively, enthusiastically and with drive to succeed.

-Keeping track of all KPI’s and targets.

-Providing cover for the Centre Manager when on business days off site, days off or holiday/sickness.

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

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

-Develop, motivate, and lead the team as well as monitoring their performance and ongoing training.

-Ensuring a high level of customer service is maintained.

Candidate Skills 

The appointed person will have a sound knowledge of garden centre retailing with excellent plant knowledge and enjoy working as part of a team with good communication skills, will be self-motivated to achieve high standards and able to work on their own initiative with attention to detail in all aspects of the job.

As the Plantarea 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 environment

-You have excellent communication skills

-A meticulous eye for detail

-Excellent Plant knowledge

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

-Plantarea Assistant Manager

-Plantarea Supervisor/Team Leader

The working hours are 40 per week. Weekend work will be required on a rota basis 5/7 days.

If this Plantarea 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 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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Grower

Grower required

Job Ref ADV387

This unique position has arisen in the heart of West Sussex on a 500 acre estate. You will be working for a residential charity that offers 16-21 year olds, with a disadvantaged home life, an opportunity to learn a skilled trade in Horticulture and embark on a useful career. See website www.cameliabotnar.com

The position involves working alongside a small team of disadvantaged young people learning Landscaping and Horticulture at our Garden Centre just off the A272 near Cowfold, West Sussex. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a solid knowledge experience of growing healthy perennials and bedding plants. Reliability, consistency, patience, good communication and organisation skills are desirable.

Working a 38.75 week.  Monday to Friday 8.45am -5.00 pm.

Salary will be in the range of £25k-£30k. p.a depending on skills and experience,

This position is subject to a satisfactory DBS check paid by the employer and full clean driving license. Due to our countryside location access to your own motor transport would be most advantageous.

Please email your CV to sparmenter@cameliabotnar.com   HR Department, Camelia Botnar Foundation, Maplehurst Road, Cowfold, West Sussex, RH13 8DQ

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.


Head Landscaper

Head Landscaper required

Job Ref ADV371

A very exciting opportunity has become available within our 20 years established gardening business based in the Southeast of England.

We are searching for a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated landscaper to join our small team.

The role will offer the right candidate the chance to work on a number of very exciting hard and soft landscaping projects within the grounds of some beautiful private gardens across West Sussex.

The chosen candidate will be charged with leading our hard and soft landscaping projects from start to finish with the opportunity to become landscaping project manager as the business grows.

This is an incredible opportunity for someone who is looking to become part of something and not just an employee.  This is a long-term role with excellent progression prospects for the right candidate.

The business offers a complete garden design, maintenance, management and landscaping service for large private gardens and estates.

There will be no site work involved in this role.

About the Candidate

-Minimum of 5 years’ hard and soft landscaping experience within the sector

-Portfolio of completed works showing that you possess the skills required

-Competent use of associated machinery including mini excavators, telehandlers and dumpers

-The ability to communicate effectively with staff member and clients

-Working well within a small team as well as alone (when required)

-The ability to keep a tidy and organised working site throughout each project

-Impeccable timekeeping

-The willingness to go the extra mile for the client and company

-Adaptability to differing situations that will occur during each project including problem solving skills, weather variables and clients ever changing needs

-Working to extremely high standards

-Excellent organisational skills

-Friendly, professional, and polite attitude with excellent customer service skills

-The willingness to work in other areas of the company as and when required

-Full clean UK driving licence

-Minimum of 3 references (private/company)

Pay

Up to £40,000+ DOE + benefits

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. English Country Gardeners 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.

 


Garden Centre Assistant Manager

Garden Centre Assistant Manager

Job Ref D845

A great opportunity has arisen for a Sundries Buyer / Assistant Manager to join a family-owned garden centre based in West Sussex. They have recently launched a new range of giftware, homeware and stationery range. Along with a new furniture collection and children’s department both launched in July 2021. Another area of the garden centre where significant improvements have been made is in the restaurant.

The Role

This Garden Centre Sundries Buyer role reports directly to the Garden Centre Manager, covering our garden sundry ranges. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the garden sundries department and support the day to day running of the garden centre. In this role you would be expected to:

-Work closely with the Manager and Director to build upon our product offering to customers, keeping in line with overall business development strategies.

-Achieve budgeted sales, margin and stockholding targets

-Build partnerships with suppliers and negotiate prices

-Collaborate with the retail team with regards to display and marketing of products

Candidate Skills

The successful candidate will have retail and buying experience in the Garden Centre sector, be self-motivated and enthusiastic individual who is also an energetic team player and confident communicator with analytical, admin and IT skills, with the ability to be open to maximising unexpected business opportunities and continuous learning and development.

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

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

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

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Part Time Gardener

Part Time Gardener required

Job Ref ADV342

An opening has arisen for a part time Gardener to assist our Head Gardener for two days a week with immediate start.

The hours are 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Driving licence is required.

Previous Experience Preferred (but not essential):

-Tractor and Quad Bike Driving

-Spraying

-Chainsaw Usage

Starting salary £10 per hour.


Assistant Gardener

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a hands-on Assistant Gardener to join an internationally renowned site based in West Sussex.  This role would suit a horticulturist with drive and a positive character. 

Set within 13-acres of gardens, the formal aspect comprises 6-acres around the manor house.  A small cottage garden within the grounds is also to be maintained in addition to the above.  Garden features within the estate gardens comprise a kitchen garden, wildflower areas, a cut flower garden, greenhouse, fruit cage, an orchard, cloud-pruned box hedging, topiary, a formal courtyard, a large pond and surrounding woodland.  The garden areas of the estate are not managed organically, though chemical use is kept to a minimum.  Plans are in place to develop two large areas in addition to a significant spend on new planting.

The Assistant Gardener will report into the Facilities Manager and work under the guidance of the Senior Gardener. He / She will be responsible for the general maintenance and development to create a garden environment that is secure and enjoyable experience for residents, guests, and visitors. Key Responsibilities will include; maintaining the formal and informal garden areas, including the herbaceous borders, vegetable & cut flower garden, hedges, formal lawns, pot displays and the formal and informal lawn care, e.g. mowing, edging, feeding, scarifying, aerating, watering, and weeding. The role will be to maintain all areas to the highest standard of horticulture and presentation and that its unique character and excellence is preserved for the benefit of guests and visitors.

The position also entails; working at height to maintain climbers, hedges and trees across the gardens. There is a range of planting and plant care to be carried out as instructed by the Senior Gardener, including topiary pruning of Box and Yew hedging. The gardens, thoroughfares and footpaths are kept clear and free from litter and particular attention is paid to the preparation of the estate for days when the CEO is in residence or for particular events, keeping disturbance to a minimum during these times.

Applicants will have good plant knowledge, ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification and a minimum of one years’ experience in private estate gardens and/or horticulturally diverse public gardens.  Candidates must be confident in their use and basic maintenance of garden machinery including strimmers, brush cutters, hedge trimmer, pedestrian and ride on mowers, and small tractors and trailers as well as maintaining the irrigation system. The assistant gardener will work within the health and safety standards. Chemical spray certificates (PA1/6) are desirable.

Good physical fitness and a commitment to the garden are required, as is the ability to work well with a small team; with diplomacy and a constructive approach.  A full driving licence and your own transport are required for this role as the estate is located rurally. 

SALARY:        £23,000 - £25,000 DOE
LOCATION: West Sussex
JOB No:          EC28958

If this Assistant 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 Assistant 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 Assistant Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Gardener

Gardener required

Job Ref ADV331

Are you looking to work in the great outdoors, within stunning surroundings?

Goodwood is a quintessentially English estate, set in 12,000 acres of rolling West Sussex countryside. Rooted in our heritage, we deliver extraordinary and engaging experiences in modern and authentic ways.  But what really sets us apart is our people.  It is their passion, enthusiasm and belief in the many things we do that makes Goodwood the unique place it is.

Look no further. Picture yourself as part of the Goodwood Estate Gardens team, responsible for the Estate Gardens and other beautiful areas, ensuring the Estate always looks its very best.

This role is so much more than green grass (although this is of course very important too!).

You will be hands on, with tasks including mowing, weeding, strimming, hedge cutting, and general grounds keeping and garden maintenance.

You will embrace our values of daring to be different and challenging ourselves to deliver exceptional experiences for our customers whilst embracing the history, heritage and authenticity of the Estate.

What do you need to be successful?

-A strong interest in gardening and experience in this area is essential, qualifications would be an advantage

-Plant identification skills, with good plant, vegetable and herb knowledge

-Full driving licence essential, as travel will be required across the Estate

-You'll be a great team player, with a willingness to learn

-You'll be positive with a 'can do' attitude and possess great attention to detail

What will you get?

-Horseracing and motorsport event tickets

-Free gym/health club membership

-Estate discounts

-Health cash plan covering a range of medical costs

We are looking for two Gardeners to join the team, one permanently and the other to cover a period of maternity leave until April 2022.  The roles are full time (40 hours per week) with a weekend rota during the summer months. Flexibility in working hours is required, especially during the Event season.If this sounds like the perfect job for you, please get in contact with us. 

https://www.alljobspro.com/goodwood/job-details.cfm?job=307533

 

 


Experienced Gardener

An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced gardener to maintain a stunning 15-acre estate in West Sussex, situated between East Grinstead and Ardingly. The grounds to the estate were laid out in the 1930’s and owners have spent time restoring the gardens to their former glory.

The garden consists of terraced lawns and beds around the house, a formal parterre hidden away, a woodland dell, a paddock that has been planted up with fruit trees and a soft fruit cage, and informal shrubs /trees /plantings leading down to 2 natural ponds at the far end. There are several shaped yew hedges and topiary as well as a greenhouse, large, raised beds for vegetables within a netted structure next to an oak barn that houses much of the equipment, and with a heated gardener’s loft above.

The historic gardens cover a wide spectrum from formal lawns and borders to woodland and an orchard, with varied and diverse plantings, specimen trees. Although the gardens are well established, the gardener will continue to renovate certain areas from time to time.  There is a full range of gardening equipment available including a Kubota ride on mower, a Kubota Mid-sized tractor and associated implements, Kawasaki Mule and other relevant powered and non-powered machinery.

The successful applicant will have a high level of horticultural knowledge and the experience necessary to both maintain and develop the garden’s vibrancy. There are 3 part time gardeners who each work one day per week and the experienced gardener will manage them. The garden is set on a slope and the experienced gardener will need to be physically fit as well as comfortable with ladders as some of the hedges and topiary are quite tall. Spray certificates as well as chainsaw are desirable but not a requirement.

The gardens provide opportunity for further development, and improvement and the owners are keen to find someone who is not only prepared to work closely with them in providing advice and guidance, but who also has the energy and enthusiasm to take real ownership of the gardens.

SALARY: £30,000 – 35,000 depending on experience
LOCATION: West Sussex
JOB No: EC28372

If this Experienced 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.

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

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Soft Landscaping Supervisor

Soft Landscaping Supervisor required

Job Ref K627

For more than 30 years, our client has been delivering high quality soft landscaping services to property developers across Southern England. The team of landscaping professionals excel in all aspects of delivering best in class soft landscaping for many of the country’s largest property developers.

By managing projects with the skill and experience their clients have come to expect, on time delivery is at the heart of the business. They take pride in the presentation of the development and never loses sight of the objective; to present developments people want to call home. The client understands they have two customers to satisfy; the developer and the home buyer, which is why open communication channels for the duration of each project is vital.

The Supervisor reports into the Production and Operations Manager and is responsible for assisting in the daily running of work schedules, to deliver safe and compliant services, to meet contractual specifications on time and with consideration to the budget (finance and budgeting being the responsibility of another post holder). This role involves managing Landscape Operatives and Team Leaders, ensuring landscaping is completed to the highest standards, co-ordinating the supply of equipment and materials and managing client relationships on site.

Responsibilities

Operations

-Ensure the company is adhering to, and exceeding, its Health and Safety objectives

-Focus on meeting daily production targets.

-Produce and distribute daily worksheets and brief the Team Leaders and Landscape Operatives on the tasks to be completed during the working day, answering any questions and addressing any issues raised.

-Work to maintain a motivated and disciplined team of Operatives by communicating and managing the individuals.

-Ensure resources are used efficiently and works are delivered within the agreed timeframes.

-Work with the Team Leaders and Yard Operative to ensure that all Landscape Operatives are fully equipped each day with the necessary tools, equipment and materials to complete required tasks.

-Undertake regular site visits to ensure that operations are carried out to the expected quality and timescales, and that site plans and instructions are followed. Identify any substandard work to be rectified and organise staff training to prevent reoccurrence.

-Ensure operatives’ time is managed effectively; at the beginning and end of each day.

Clients/Customers

-Where requested by The Production and Operations Manager conduct site audits, inspections and operational reviews with site managers/clients to ensure contract compliance and arrange for quotes to be made for any variation work discussed.

-Promptly respond to phone calls and emails, deal with any client/customer enquiries and complaints, effectively, manage any operational issues, and communicate all corrective actions back to the site managers, clients/customers within agreed timescales.

Compliance

-Follow systems and procedures for effective operations in a compliant manner, implementing company policy as appropriate

-Proactively take responsibility for Health and Safety matters relating to staff, sites, contracts and vehicles, equipment and machinery under the authority of the Production and Operations Manager.

-Ensure that all activities are carried out in accordance with the correct policies and procedures, and develop new working procedures, if required.

-Work with the post holder responsible for ensuring that all vehicles, equipment and machinery used to deliver the contracts are properly maintained. Make sure that general maintenance is carried out by the operatives in accordance with their weekly vehicle and machinery inspection sheets. Ensure that any damage/faults are effectively reported and any required actions arising from this are dealt with promptly.

-Ensure all vehicles are kept clean and tidy by operatives

Finance/Budget

-Check the quality of stock delivered during site visits and report any issues with supply and/or quality to the post holder responsible for placing orders/purchasing.

-Give due consideration to the budget when managing contracts to ensure profitability for the company.

Competency

-Ensure each Landscape Operative is trained and competent for the operations they will be undertaking and that they understand their responsibilities in relation to their role;

-Conduct regular Toolbox Talks with operatives to provide training and refresher sessions on operational best practice and the use of equipment, Health and Safety, environmental and quality priorities and updates on company news or any other developments.

-Praise excellent work and promote continued professional development, such as tractor, trailer towing or spraying courses, to keep staff motivated and upskill the workforce to meet the needs of the company.

Company

-Promote equality and diversity in the workplace and create an environment where staff feel valued and trusted, which leads to improved attendance, competency, loyalty and staff retention.

-Keep abreast of market sector developments to keep the company at the forefront of service excellence.

-Carry out all duties in a manner and style that reflects the company’s values and respects all employees, clients and customers.

-The post holder may be required to undertake other duties within the grade and competence of the post, therefore the list of duties in this job description is not exclusive or exhaustive.

Skills (required and preferred)

-Highly organised and system/process focused (Required)

-Full UK Driving License (Required)

-Horticultural qualification (Required)

-Industrial Counter Balanced Lift Truck (Forklift) License (preferred)

-St John Ambulance Emergency First Aid at Work Course (preferred)

If this Soft Landscaping Supervisor vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com

To view more Landscape jobs, click Landscape.

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Soft Landscaping Supervisor 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 Soft Landscaping Supervisor vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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