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From rudgwickgardens

Working For: Rudgwick Gardens

Due to continued growth, an opportunity has arisen for a full-time gardener to work with a small company based in the Rudgwick, Horsham area. The company offers a range of services, primarily to domestic clients and specialises in garden maintenance, soft landscaping, and general estate maintenance and improvements.

Description

The role will primarily involve acting as a mobile gardener, working alongside the existing small team of like-minded employees. One property in particular consists of formal gardens, a paddock, possibly a new greenhouse, a kitchen garden with raised beds, a small orchard, a walled garden, herbaceous borders, shrubs, ornamental plants, two ponds (one wild and one formal) and lawns. You may be based here for much of your time.

Applicants should have a positive attitude,  determination and drive to work to a high standard, and be prepared to work outside in all weather conditions so the successful candidate should be physically fit and capable of supporting his/her team members, as well as working alone under their own initiative. A conscientious, well presented and reliable person with good communications skills, a sense of humour and a positive, friendly character is expected.

Applicants for this position should hold academic horticultural qualifications, preferably at Level 3 or above, have gardening experience and good plant/horticultural knowledge in general.  The ability to work to a high standard is essential.

Key Skills

  • Experience in this type of work is vital.
  • Suitable candidates must have a strong knowledge of all aspects of garden maintenance, herbaceous plants, shrubs, basic pruning techniques, lawn care and the ability to identify weeds.
  • Applicants must be able to use garden machinery such as strimmers, mowers, hedge cutters and blowers.
  • Suitable applicants might hold certificates in spraying (PA1/PA6) and a trailer licence would be beneficial (though not essential).
  • They should be able to work under their own initiative or as part of a team

Salary and Benefits

Typical working hours are 07:30/08:00 to 16:00/16:30 based on a week of 40 hours, (though there is a degree of flexibility) and there will be expected seasonal variation.  Benefits include a pension scheme, 28 days holiday (including Bank Holidays) and use of a van.

An hourly rate is offered which will rise after successful completion of a three-month probationary period, equating to an approximate annual salary of £22,000 to £25,000 (DOE).

References will be required.