Groundsperson

From horticruitment

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Working For: horticruitment

Groundsperson required

Job Ref A713

This is an excellent new opportunity for an experienced gardener / groundsperson to join the gardens team on a high-end static site in central London, on a permanent full-time employed basis.  The position will suit candidates with gardening experience and an academic horticultural qualification.

The site covers 11-acres and includes a variety of historic, majestic buildings. The grounds within comprise several different gardens and include features such as fine lawns, mixed and herbaceous beds and borders, a kitchen garden, fountains, flower borders, trees (including 26 mature London plane), shrubs and planted pots.

The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for maintaining the ornamental lawns but will also join the team in general gardening duties throughout the year.  It is essential the candidate is highly motivated, with a ‘can-do’ attitude and is able to work unsupervised.

Responsibilities of the postholder will include:

-Maintenance of the grounds using pedestrian and ride on mowers

-Renovation of grass areas by applying fertilisers, scarifying and aerating and other spring and autumn lawncare activities

-Irrigation of lawns using portable sprinklers and automated systems

-Edging and strimming

-Leaf clearance in the autumn/winter

-Weed spraying

-General gardening duties including hand weeding, pruning, digging, planting and watering plants

-Helping receive deliveries, which involves manual handling of bags up to 25kg

Applicants must have a minimum Level 2 horticultural and/or lawncare/groundsmanship qualification, spray certificates (PA1 and PA6), a valid full driving licence.  Applicants should have 2 years’ minimum experience of greenkeeping or a horticultural background and experience of caring for amenity lawns and/or playing surfaces.  Previous experience of using a wide range of turf care equipment is desired, e.g., mower tractors, cylinder and rotary mowers, and a wide range of turf renovation equipment, as well as hedge cutters, strimmers and similar.  Previous experience in grounds maintenance, ideally in an amenity landscape would be beneficial, and/or experience working in a high-profile public or private garden.

Benefits to the successful candidate include:

-Generous annual leave entitlement; 30+ days

-An excellent free lunch

-A non-contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme

-Private Medical Insurance

-Interest-free Season Ticket/Bicycle loan

-Free Eye tests and free chiropody

-Employment Membership discounts

-Access to a confidential Employment Assistance Program

-Bicycle stands and shower facilities

-Plenty of social events, such as staff parties, quiz nights etc.

-Enhanced Maternity and Paternity and Shared Parental Leave

-Death in Service benefit

The role is full-time employed, comprising a 40-hour week with a 1-hour paid lunchbreak.

If this Groundsperson 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 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 Assistant Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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