Trainee Gardener

From English Country Gardeners

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An incredible opportunity has become available for a Trainee Gardener to join a team on a horticulturally diverse and aesthetically beautiful private garden in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Although previous experience is not essential it will be important for candidates to demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in amenity horticulture. As such, it would be advantageous to show a background in gardening on private estates, volunteering or paid employment. However full training on the job will be offered working with an experienced team of six gardeners.

The garden is approximately 35 acres plus woodland and water meadows. All areas are maintained along organic lines, with the good-sized vegetable garden subject to soil association inspection. The main formal gardens have extensive lawns and borders.  Hedges, including Beech, Hornbeam Yew and box frame the garden; some of these are over 5 metres high. A large water garden and water meadows, lakes and large wildflower meadows continue the garden in a less formal manner.  An Isabel and Julian Bannerman designed swimming pool garden is an exciting recent addition. The house and garden are alongside the river Avon providing a peaceful aspect. Three good sized green-houses and a poly tunnel provide a productive heart.

It will be a requirement for candidates to wish to engage in an academic program either as an attendee at a local college or as a distance learner. It will be subject to discussion with the candidates as too which of these options is best for the individual and employer. There is also the possibility of a formal apprenticeship. Training will include chainsaw (CS 30/31 and pesticide PA1 and 6 certificates. Other practical courses possible.

The role is full time to a period of two years. Working hours are: 5 days per week of 40 hours. Normally 8am to 4:30 with 30mins for lunch. Fully funded study leave to attend college or an equivalent time to pursue distance learning to a level of at least level 2 or level 3 dependant on the individual’s abilities subject to discussion. Holiday leave, 21 days plus bank holidays (n.b. holidays will have to fit the academic year). Weekend duty in a rota may be required. Due to the remote location and the possible need to travel to college, one’s own transport will be necessary.

The job is, of necessity outdoors, with the requirement to work in all weathers and is physically demanding. All weather and protective clothing and PPE will be provided.

Salary will be subject to experience but will be at least minimum wage (age related) to a maximum of £23000. A pension scheme will be open after 3 months with a 5% employer contribution, 3 % employee.

This is an exciting role for which the successful candidate will gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of private-estate gardening.

SALARY:        Up to £23,000

LOCATION: Salisbury, Wiltshire

JOB No:          EC59640

If this Trainee Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or

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