Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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Our client is a school with a global reputation and inspiring facilities based in Sevenoaks, Kent. The Estates department is looking for a qualified, self-motivated and efficient Gardener to join their friendly and hardworking team. This is a full time, permanent and varied role which will involve assisting with the maintenance and development of the gardens and grounds on all school sites.

The 100-acre grounds contain historic buildings, fields and ten beautiful gardens, looked after to a high horticultural standard by a dedicated Grounds and Gardens team. They plant new trees every year and maintain a range of stunning shrubs, lawns, herbaceous borders, flower beds and ponds. The trees, plants and green spaces at the school contribute to biodiversity and enrich the lives of all students and staff. Some of the wonderful flower beds were designed by a well-known landscape and garden designer – a winner of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at Chelsea.  

The Gardener will report to the Head of Grounds & Gardens and will be responsible for preparing grounds for the planting of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants as well as maintain borders, ponds, hedges, fences, walls, paths, roadways and woodlands. He / She will carry out horticultural operations, such as planting, pruning and maintenance of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Lawn maintenance is part of the role with the use of pedestrian and ride-on equipment to scarify, aerate, top-dress, over-seed, lift and lay turf, feed, irrigate and cut.

Additional duties include cleaning the drives and pathways of debris, litter picking, clearing snow and applying grit salt will be part of the role and periodically assist with non-gardener tasks within the school.

The successful applicant will ideally hold a level 2 horticultural qualification or above and have experience maintaining large or historic gardens. He / She work on own and as part of a team as well as use their own initiative and will be self-motivated, adaptable and be willing to undertake tasks to given time constraints. Experience maintaining and cleaning horticultural equipment including handtools, strimmers, hedge-cutters, pedestrian and ride-on mowers, scarifiers, aerators, tractors and any other machinery required to undertake allocated tasks is important to continue working in a tidy and safe manner. The gardener will be comfortable working outside in all weathers and the role may require heavy lifting occasionally.

A competitive salary is provided as well as additional benefits such as free lunch during term-time, free membership of the school’s fitness centre, 33 days paid holiday per calendar year including public holidays, pension scheme, cycle to work scheme and a voluntary benefits scheme. The basic hours are 40 hours per week made up of 08:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday. Working up to 12 Saturday mornings per year, 8:00 am till 1:00 pm.

As the position is working at a school, all staff have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact and are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role. We also reserve the right to contact any previous employers for a reference.

SALARY:        Up to £24,000 depending on experience

LOCATION: Sevenoaks, Kent

JOB No:          EC30434

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

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