Head Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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A rare and fantastic opportunity has arisen for an excellent plants person to take ownership of a stunning private garden near Geneva, Switzerland.  This exceptional position would suit a creative and knowledgeable horticulturalist, someone who takes pride in their work and will enjoy working in a beautiful location with a lot of diversity near an international hub. Due to work permit restrictions, we can only accept applicants who hold an EU passport.

The beautiful Swiss property is surrounded by 12000 m2 (about 3 acres) of tiered garden and meadows. After extensive renovation and garden groundwork, the owners are looking for a gardener to implement a working kitchen garden and develop the garden as a whole. The style of the garden is naturalist and other areas consist of lawns, raised beds, borders, young and mature trees, a rose garden, glasshouse, tennis court and swimming pool.

There is room for improvement in the garden, so the successful applicant will have a chance to demonstrate their talent by way of subtle and bold new ideas. The Head Gardener will be responsible for one full time gardener, one part time gardener and contractors therefore effective communication is important. Additional tasks include looking after the pets and livestock.

Applicants must have previous Head Gardener experience, extensive plant knowledge, excellent time management skills as well as a genuine hunger and excitement for the possibilities associated with creating a stunning garden. Applicants must have clear and demonstrable experience of Head/Senior Gardening, excellent attention to detail and a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards their work and colleagues.  Academic horticultural qualifications are essential at degree level or higher education, as is at least five years’ experience of private estate garden management and demonstrate good hands-on gardening skills.

This is a rare vacancy, and a generous salary is offered for what will be an exciting and very rewarding position.  A new cottage onsite is available for the successful candidate (single occupancy), independent from the main house with rent and utility bills covered by the employer. Although the owners of the property speak English, being in the French part of Switzerland, knowledge of French is preferred. Or at least basic French and French classes can be arranged to further develop language skills.

SALARY:  Circa £50,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Geneva, Switzerland

JOB No:  EC57501

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

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