Senior Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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Our client is a school with a global reputation and inspiring facilities based in Shropshire. The Estates department is looking for a qualified, self-motivated, and efficient Senior 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.

The 110-acre grounds contain stunning architecture that compliments the natural beauty of ancient trees and open spaces that are meticulously maintained to a horticultural high standard by a dedicated Grounds and Gardens team. The grounds contain many elements including multiple sports pitches including football and rugby pitches, artificial hockey fields, grass squares and nets, artificial nets, cricket squares as well as multiple tennis and netball courts. The trees, plants and green spaces at the school contribute to biodiversity and enrich the lives of all students and staff, with wildflower meadows and over 750 trees within the 50-acres of amenity areas.

The Senior Gardener will report to the Grounds Manager and help guide the gardens team, working collaboratively with colleagues as part of a professional team. The role will involve being responsible for preparing grounds for the planting of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants as well as maintain borders, 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.

Specialist duties will include organising the daily work schedules and ensuring the continued delivery of high standards throughout the team, as well as working to agreed budgets and timescales. The Senior Gardener will also be required to design and organise specific gardening projects for the school and implement summer and winter bedding schemes.

The successful applicant will hold a relevant horticultural qualification and spraying certificates, PA1 & PA6 as well as 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 hand tools, 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 Senior Gardener will be comfortable working outside in all weathers and the role may require heavy lifting occasionally. Please note candidates will need to hold a full clean drivers licence.  

A competitive salary is provided as well as additional benefits such as free lunch during term-time, free car parking, free use of the school’s facilities when not in use by the pupils (library, swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, squash courts). 28 days paid holiday per calendar year including public holidays, pension, and life insurance scheme. The basic hours are 39 hours per week working during term-time and during school holidays. Normal working days are Monday to Thursday 8:am-5:00pm and from 8:00am to 4:00pm on a Friday with a 1-hour unpaid lunchbreak, however the Senior Gardener will be expected to be flexible to meet the needs of the school. The successful applicant will be required to work on a rota basis through the terms as follows: Michaelmas and Lent – 1 weekend in every 6 Summer Term – 1 evening each week and 5 weekends through the 10 week term. These hours are in addition to the salary and claimable as overtime on a timesheet.

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 Safeguarding and 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 £27,827 depending on experience

LOCATION: Shropshire

JOB No:          EC52175

If this Senior Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or

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