Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented and knowledgeable Sole Gardener, to join a beautiful and historic property near Edenbridge. This private house is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century and is surrounded by approximately 7 acres of wonderful grounds and gardens, with the owners showing a keen interest in the future development and enhancement of the gardens. This offers the ideal setting for an enthusiastic Gardener who wishes to aid in the development of a beautiful garden in a sole capacity.

The gardens surrounding the main house are incredibly diverse and provide many areas of interest, including formal lawns, manicured yew hedging, lined by herbaceous borders, mature specimen trees and shrubs including many rhododendrons and azaleas and a small orchard, along with two small fields, a tennis court, swimming pool and two large ponds.

The client has recently put the wheels in motion to enhance the gardens, with the assistance of a landscape architect and are in the process of installing new terraces and formal beds around the main house. Future projects include the potential development of a wildflower meadow, a vegetable patch to provide seasonal produce and landscaping around the swimming pool and ponds. The Sole Gardener will be expected to assist in plant selection and planting schemes, working closely with the client to achieve the desired outcome in the development of new areas, while enhancing the existing.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the continued maintenance of the gardens and grounds to a high horticultural standard throughout the seasons, using both their knowledge and horticultural skills to bring the best out of the garden. In addition, applicants will require strong plant knowledge in order to carry out planting throughout the gardens and create planting plans to assist in the enhancement of the gardens.

Applicants will have a strong work ethic, with a willingness to assist in general handyman tasks around the house, garden, and grounds as well as occasional driving tasks where required. Additionally, good interpersonal communication skills are a must, with the ability to work alongside and liaise with external contractors where necessary.

The successful candidate will possess a full driving license, while horticultural qualifications and related tickets such as PA1/PA6 and chainsaw certificates are advantageous but not essential.

SALARY:        Up to £32,000 DOE     

LOCATION:   Edenbridge

JOB No:          EC55940

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Tom Little on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener 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 Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Skilled Landscape Gardener

Skilled Landscape Gardener required

Job Ref: B252

Existing for over 20 years, our client is a well-established landscape design and build company based in Surrey with an impeccable reputation within the industry. The director of the business is a multi-award-winning garden designer, who works alongside clients and their expert team to design and build beautiful outdoor spaces. Their style focuses on combining contemporary design with soft, cottage-style planting for their all-domestic clients. Due to their increasing popularity, they are now looking for a Landscape Gardener to join the team who can work alongside their existing team of knowledgeable horticulturalists.

The Job:

Duties of the Landscape Gardener will include the maintenance and upkeep of domestic gardens as well as assisting in the installations of new designs. This position is a fantastic opportunity for candidates looking to gain good technical gardening skills, establish a good working knowledge of plants and garden machinery, the role will involve the use of a range of horticultural machinery. It is important that applicants are enthusiastic and self-motivated and able to work on their own initiative as well as in a team environment. Tasks will include the following:

  • Maintaining gardens to the highest standard of horticultural practice
  • Plant and border maintenance
  • Planting, pruning, weeding and mulching
  • Exceptional attention to detail and a pro-active approach to work
  • Liaising with customers and staff
  • Be aware of health and safety on site
Key Skills:

The person appointed will be working within a small team, and when necessary, on a sole basis. It’s important that candidates have good communication skills, combined with a pro-active and flexible approach to their duties. The ideal candidate will hold:

  • Existing plant knowledge with a horticultural qualification being desirable but not essential
  • Experience working in a similar role
  • Exceptional attention to detail, have a creative flare and a passion for learning
  • Be punctual, tidy in appearance and have good “common sense”

Please note that a full clean driving licence is essential for this role

Working hours for this post are 7:30am-5pm Monday to Friday with a 30-minute break.

If this Skilled Landscape Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Landscape Gardener 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 Skilled Landscape Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

Job Ref: X999

Our client is an established, successful commercial grounds maintenance company that’s been running for almost 40 years; they are dedicated to providing an outstanding level of service from quotation to completion. Servicing both the public and private sectors in London and the surrounding home counties, they are able to undertake all aspects of grounds maintenance whilst observing horticultural best practices at all times. The very nature of their business requires a sound understanding of environmental issues and opportunities for reducing the impact of their operations; with this in mind the company has gained accreditation to the ISO 14004 Environmental standard with certification awarded in 2011.The company is also a member of BALI and has won a National Principle Award in Grounds Maintenance. Now a rare opportunity has arisen for an Experienced Gardener to help maintain their prestigious site in Putney on a full time, permanent basis.

Main Responsibilities

This is an exciting position and would suit an experienced gardener who has the ability to make a lasting impact for the gardens and their visitors. The site, which covers approximately 5-acres contains formal lawns, rose beds, mixed borders, a herb garden as well as a large lavender garden. The successful candidate will be playing an important part of the development of the gardens and ongoing maintenance of the site.

Main duties will include:

  • Maintaining the gardens to the highest standard of horticultural practice
  • Pest identification and formal lawn care and treatment
  • Implementing planting plans and re-working established borders
  • Plant and border maintenance, with experiences with a wide range of plants including roses
  • Exceptional attention to detail and a pro-active approach to work, being very self-motivated
  • Liaising with the client on site, making sure high standards are met and they are happy with the service provided
  • Working on a sole basis, however support from other locally based teams will be available where needed
  • Ensure tools, equipment, machinery, and vehicles are in good working order and routinely maintained
  • Manage, supervise, and assist with landscaping projects and the ongoing maintenance of the site
Key Skills:

The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, well presented, organised and have a good eye for detail and able to carry out work with minimum supervision.

  • Applicants should have a demonstrable background in horticulture and have a minimum of three years’ experience.
  • Excellent plant knowledge with a horticultural qualification desirable but not essential
  • Great practical skills and a good level of competency in the operation and basic maintenance of lawn mowers and handheld machinery
  • PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates are desirable but not essential, as is a full clean driving licence

Uniform and PPE are provided, and ongoing training and development are strongly supported by the company.

Working hours are Monday to Friday 7am-4:30pm with some Saturday overtime available

Candidates are offered 28 days annual holiday including Bank Holidays

Please note all employees will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS application

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener 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 Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardening Assistant

Gardening Assistant required

Job Ref: T081

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Gardening Assistant to join a well-established Garden Landscaping and Maintenance company based in central London. With over 30 years’ experience of working in high-end and challenging projects within London, they have the confidence and ability to oversee all aspects of maintenance and landscaping. Their garden maintenance service provides for everything needed to manage their clients outdoor space and get the very best out of it, and is a service offered to those gardens that they have designed and built over the years. Due to continued expansion and growth, they are now looking for a passionate and knowledgeable Gardening Assistant to join their highly skilled and motivated team.

He/ She will work alongside a small team, in delivering a wide range of garden maintenance services to clients, using your variety of skills and experience to achieve the very highest standards possible with an importance being placed on attention to detail. The successful candidate will have a professional approach when communicating with the client, while being physically fit and demonstrating a strong work ethic.

Applicants will have demonstrable horticultural experience, ideally supported by a horticultural qualification, good plant knowledge is essential, alongside experience in the use of a variety of garden machinery associated with maintenance tasks, while completing tasks in an efficient and accurate manner. Individuals must be physically fit, while enjoying working in all weathers.

Regular garden maintenance services include all aspects of:

  • Lawn maintenance including – mowing, aeration, spiking, scarification, fertiliser/weed/moss treatment programs, over-seeding, topdressing, and turfing.
  • Hedge-cutting and shaping.
  • Plant care, including specialist training of roses and wisteria.
  • Weeding, garden clearance, and one-off tidy ups.
  • Pest and disease control and management.
  • Soil maintenance, including fertiliser application programs and incorporating organic soil conditioners and green manures.
  • Installing and maintaining irrigation systems.
  • Planting.
  • Green roof and green wall maintenance.

Additional certifications such as PA1/PA6 are desirable, but not essential. The client is willing to support professional development, and provide training where required.

This position is Monday to Friday, 45 hours a week with the working day beginning at 7:15 on site in Fulham, with a finish time of 5pm (season allowing). Additionally, in the summer months overtime is available.

If this Gardening Assistant vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Tom Little on 01233 732767 or tom@horticruitment.com

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Gardening Assistant  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 Gardening Assistant vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

Sole Gardener required

An exciting new opportunity has become available for an experienced gardener to take on the responsibility of maintaining and developing the gardens of a beautiful rural estate in East Yorkshire. The formal gardens are approximately 5 acres and set within a larger 60-acre estate. The formal gardens consist of formal lawns, mixed herbaceous and shrub borders, hedging and formally clipped topiary. In addition to the gardens around the house there is also a cutting garden and vegetable garden which supplies the family with regular produce.

In addition to having sole responsibility for the formal gardens the postholder will carry out ground’s person duties, mowing, fencing / fence repairs and maintenance of the wider 60 acres of grounds. Beyond the garden is an attractive parkland which is divided into paddocks to accommodate horses. The horses are cared for by two full time grooms however the Groundsperson may be required to provide them with assistance from time to time.

Candidates will ideally have a recognised horticultural qualification or proven experience in a similar role, PA1 / PA6 and chainsaw qualifications. Ideally applicants will have experience using and maintaining a wide range of horticultural machinery including ride on mowers, tractors, and PTO mounted equipment.

Gardener / Housekeeper couples are also welcome to apply as there is an opportunity to employ a part time housekeeper. Accommodation is available in the local village at a subsidised rent if required.

SALARY:        Circa £30,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Beverley, Yorkshire

JOB No:          EC55689

If this Sole Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Matthew Parker on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Sole Gardener 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 Sole Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Plant Health and Seeds Inspector

Plant Health and Seeds Inspector - South West and Wales

ADV451

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Location: South West England, Wales

Reference number: 269414

Salary: £25,915 - £30,402

Job summary

The work of the Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSI) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is to maintain and promote a high plant health status in England and Wales, thereby contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health status in England and Wales. In doing so, contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

The aims are achieved by excluding, containing or eradicating quarantine plant pests, regulating other plant pests to secure high quality planting material, and facilitating trade through the provision of plant health certification services. PHSI works to Defra’s strategy to “provide a better place for living” through the exclusion, eradication and containment of quarantine pest and disease and informing / training the general public, stakeholders, government and non- government bodies in plant biosecurity. Inspections on fresh produce in relation to marketing standards will also be conducted in addition to the Plant Health controls.

Job description

Reporting to a Higher Executive Officer (HEO), to plan and undertake a programme of tasks, working independently and/or as part of a team.

The range of duties will be dependent on the working region, training, competence and statutory requirements, but may include:

  • Under HEO direction, organise emergency measures to control outbreaks of specified quarantine and non- indigenous pests and diseases in areas of proven competency.
  • Crop surveys and soil sampling in connection with regulations made to prevent the spread of dangerous plant pests and diseases.
  • Under HEO direction certify for export plants and planting material after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Inspection of certain agricultural and horticultural crops in connection with statutory and domestic plant health certification/classification schemes and marketing standard regulations.
  • Under HEO direction perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964, including field inspections and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Undertake additional specialised duties including delivering work directly to and on behalf of Business Improvement Groups.
  • Complete administrative duties as required in accordance with standard operating procedures and agency guidelines and time frames.
  • Statutory inspection of fresh Horticultural produce, imported plants, planting material and plant produce to ensure compliance with import regulations.
  • Enforce the marketing standards and grading rules for fresh produce in England and Wales to ensure traders meet their statutory responsibilities.
  • Conduct inspections and support heightened enforcement action against non-compliant traders including the possible collection and collation of evidence required for any criminal investigations where necessary.
  • In addition to physical inspection procedures, ensure that documents accompanying imported material are satisfactory and in accord with phytosanitary measures and the standards required for the marketing of fresh horticultural produce.
  • Collect samples and enforce olive oil standards, collect official market data and seize samples for Government pesticide residue testing.
  • Certify for export produce, plants, seeds, grain, machinery and ware potatoes after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including issue of phytosanitary certificates and HMI produce conformity certificates for fresh Horticultural produce and advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964 including the field inspection of certain crops and the sampling of certain classes of seed and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Liaise closely with various regulatory bodies such as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency, Port Health and Animal Health authorities.
  • To assist management in other tasks or duties they have experience in or have been trained on which when undertaken can further their personal development as per agreement in their Performance Management Review (PMR) with a time limit to enhance prospects of career progression.

The PHSI offers a 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week level of service to the trade for import & export certification & biosecurity checks

Depending on location you may be required to work in a shift pattern. This pattern can be early morning or a late evening shift and can span over weekends and public holidays.

Candidates should expect to work flexibly to meet the varied work patterns defined by business need. You may be required to work at other locations, so candidates must be prepared to occasionally work and stay away from home.

Candidates will need independent access to a car to visit clients / collect samples / carry equipment. Some client locations and working hours preclude the use of public transport.

Closing date: Monday 10th April 2023

Please click apply button to apply.

This Plant Health and Seeds Inspector private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the Garden Centre Association please click here and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) please click here


Plant Health and Seeds Inspector

Plant Health and Seeds Inspector - Midlands

Job Ref ADV450

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Location: East Midlands (England), West Midlands (England)

Reference number: 269410

Salary: £25,915 - £30,402

Job summary

The work of the Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSI) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is to maintain and promote a high plant health status in England and Wales, thereby contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health status in England and Wales. In doing so, contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

The aims are achieved by excluding, containing or eradicating quarantine plant pests, regulating other plant pests to secure high quality planting material, and facilitating trade through the provision of plant health certification services. PHSI works to Defra’s strategy to “provide a better place for living” through the exclusion, eradication and containment of quarantine pest and disease and informing / training the general public, stakeholders, government and non- government bodies in plant biosecurity. Inspections on fresh produce in relation to marketing standards will also be conducted in addition to the Plant Health controls.

Job description

Reporting to a Higher Executive Officer (HEO), to plan and undertake a programme of tasks, working independently and/or as part of a team.

The range of duties will be dependent on the working region, training, competence and statutory requirements, but may include:

  • Under HEO direction, organise emergency measures to control outbreaks of specified quarantine and non- indigenous pests and diseases in areas of proven competency.
  • Crop surveys and soil sampling in connection with regulations made to prevent the spread of dangerous plant pests and diseases.
  • Under HEO direction certify for export plants and planting material after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Inspection of certain agricultural and horticultural crops in connection with statutory and domestic plant health certification/classification schemes and marketing standard regulations.
  • Under HEO direction perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964, including field inspections and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Undertake additional specialised duties including delivering work directly to and on behalf of Business Improvement Groups.
  • Complete administrative duties as required in accordance with standard operating procedures and agency guidelines and time frames.
  • Statutory inspection of fresh Horticultural produce, imported plants, planting material and plant produce to ensure compliance with import regulations.
  • Enforce the marketing standards and grading rules for fresh produce in England and Wales to ensure traders meet their statutory responsibilities.
  • Conduct inspections and support heightened enforcement action against non-compliant traders including the possible collection and collation of evidence required for any criminal investigations where necessary.
  • In addition to physical inspection procedures, ensure that documents accompanying imported material are satisfactory and in accord with phytosanitary measures and the standards required for the marketing of fresh horticultural produce.
  • Collect samples and enforce olive oil standards, collect official market data and seize samples for Government pesticide residue testing.
  • Certify for export produce, plants, seeds, grain, machinery and ware potatoes after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including issue of phytosanitary certificates and HMI produce conformity certificates for fresh Horticultural produce and advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964 including the field inspection of certain crops and the sampling of certain classes of seed and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Liaise closely with various regulatory bodies such as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency, Port Health and Animal Health authorities.
  • To assist management in other tasks or duties they have experience in or have been trained on which when undertaken can further their personal development as per agreement in their Performance Management Review (PMR) with a time limit to enhance prospects of career progression.

The PHSI offers a 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week level of service to the trade for import & export certification & biosecurity checks

Depending on location you may be required to work in a shift pattern. This pattern can be early morning or a late evening shift and can span over weekends and public holidays.

Candidates should expect to work flexibly to meet the varied work patterns defined by business need. You may be required to work at other locations, so candidates must be prepared to occasionally work and stay away from home.

Candidates will need independent access to a car to visit clients / collect samples / carry equipment. Some client locations and working hours preclude the use of public transport.

Closing date: Monday 10th April 2023

Please click apply button to apply.

This Plant Health and Seeds Inspector private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the Garden Centre Association please click here and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) please click here


Skilled Gardener

Skilled Gardener required

An attractive opportunity has arisen for a skilled Gardener to join the existing team on a stunning private estate in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The position would suit an enthusiastic gardener with experience on private estates and the ambition to continue to build on their existing skills and knowledge on a daily basis.

The incredible grade II listed property is surrounded by 750 acres with stunning expansive views over the valley, river and lake and has one of the finest gardens in the Cotswolds. The 22-acre garden is made up of different areas which include elegant formal gardens with fine herbaceous planting, terraced lawns, lily ponds, landscaped hillside stream gardens and massed plantings of spring bulbs, heathers, flowering shrubs and rhododendrons. Also, a large walled kitchen garden which is currently being restored. All of the gardens are interspersed by the finest mature specimen trees and water features.

The successful applicant will join the existing team of 6 in the upkeep and maintenance of the gardens to a high horticultural standard. Candidates will ideally have experience in the above areas of horticulture and be dedicated gardeners with the willingness to undertake additional garden estate duties if required. He / She will ideally have the confidence in pruning methods, i.e. of wisteria and roses, and have good horticultural knowledge and plant identification skills overall. Applicants must be physically fit and confident in the operation of a range of garden machinery. 

An academic horticultural qualification would be advantageous and well-rounded experience in a similar hands-on role. Candidates should hold a full driving licence, your own transport for commuting to and from site and ideally, spray tickets (PA1/PA6).  A chainsaw licence would be beneficial. 

The role would suit someone who is hard-working, flexible, with a positive attitude and an ability to follow instructions from a Head Gardener to a high degree of detail.  Excellent attention to detail and a genuine enthusiasm for gardening and horticulture.

SALARY:  up to £28,000 depending on experience

LOCATION:  Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

JOB No:  EC55416

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

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

You will need to be registered with horticruitment to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Skilled Gardener  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 Skilled Gardener  vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Plant Health and Seeds Inspector

Plant Health and Seeds Inspector - South Central and South East

Job Ref ADV449

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Location: South East England

Reference number: 269412

Salary: £25,915 - £30,402

The work of the Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSI) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is to maintain and promote a high plant health status in England and Wales, thereby contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health status in England and Wales. In doing so, contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

The aims are achieved by excluding, containing or eradicating quarantine plant pests, regulating other plant pests to secure high quality planting material, and facilitating trade through the provision of plant health certification services. PHSI works to Defra’s strategy to “provide a better place for living” through the exclusion, eradication and containment of quarantine pest and disease and informing / training the general public, stakeholders, government and non- government bodies in plant biosecurity. Inspections on fresh produce in relation to marketing standards will also be conducted in addition to the Plant Health controls.

Job description

Reporting to a Higher Executive Officer (HEO), to plan and undertake a programme of tasks, working independently and/or as part of a team.

The range of duties will be dependent on the working region, training, competence and statutory requirements, but may include:

  • Under HEO direction, organise emergency measures to control outbreaks of specified quarantine and non- indigenous pests and diseases in areas of proven competency.
  • Crop surveys and soil sampling in connection with regulations made to prevent the spread of dangerous plant pests and diseases.
  • Under HEO direction certify for export plants and planting material after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Inspection of certain agricultural and horticultural crops in connection with statutory and domestic plant health certification/classification schemes and marketing standard regulations.
  • Under HEO direction perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964, including field inspections and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Undertake additional specialised duties including delivering work directly to and on behalf of Business Improvement Groups.
  • Complete administrative duties as required in accordance with standard operating procedures and agency guidelines and time frames.
  • Statutory inspection of fresh Horticultural produce, imported plants, planting material and plant produce to ensure compliance with import regulations.
  • Enforce the marketing standards and grading rules for fresh produce in England and Wales to ensure traders meet their statutory responsibilities.
  • Conduct inspections and support heightened enforcement action against non-compliant traders including the possible collection and collation of evidence required for any criminal investigations where necessary.
  • In addition to physical inspection procedures, ensure that documents accompanying imported material are satisfactory and in accord with phytosanitary measures and the standards required for the marketing of fresh horticultural produce.
  • Collect samples and enforce olive oil standards, collect official market data and seize samples for Government pesticide residue testing.
  • Certify for export produce, plants, seeds, grain, machinery and ware potatoes after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including issue of phytosanitary certificates and HMI produce conformity certificates for fresh Horticultural produce and advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964 including the field inspection of certain crops and the sampling of certain classes of seed and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Liaise closely with various regulatory bodies such as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency, Port Health and Animal Health authorities.
  • To assist management in other tasks or duties they have experience in or have been trained on which when undertaken can further their personal development as per agreement in their Performance Management Review (PMR) with a time limit to enhance prospects of career progression.

The PHSI offers a 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week level of service to the trade for import & export certification & biosecurity checks

Depending on location you may be required to work in a shift pattern. This pattern can be early morning or a late evening shift and can span over weekends and public holidays.

Candidates should expect to work flexibly to meet the varied work patterns defined by business need. You may be required to work at other locations, so candidates must be prepared to occasionally work and stay away from home.

Candidates will need independent access to a car to visit clients / collect samples / carry equipment. Some client locations and working hours preclude the use of public transport.

Closing date: Monday 10th April 2023

Please click apply button to apply.

This Plant Health and Seeds Inspector private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

If you would like more information on the Garden Centre Association please click here and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) please click here


Plant Health and Seeds Inspector

Plant Health and Seeds Inspector - Northern

Animal and Plant Health Agency Location: North East England, North West England

Reference number: 269411

Salary: £25,915 - £30,402

Job Ref ADV448

The work of the Plant Health and Seed Inspectorate (PHSI) within Defra’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is to maintain and promote a high plant health status in England and Wales, thereby contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health status in England and Wales. In doing so, contributing to APHA’s overall strategy of safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

The aims are achieved by excluding, containing or eradicating quarantine plant pests, regulating other plant pests to secure high quality planting material, and facilitating trade through the provision of plant health certification services. PHSI works to Defra’s strategy to “provide a better place for living” through the exclusion, eradication and containment of quarantine pest and disease and informing / training the general public, stakeholders, government and non- government bodies in plant biosecurity. Inspections on fresh produce in relation to marketing standards will also be conducted in addition to the Plant Health controls.

Job description

Reporting to a Higher Executive Officer (HEO), to plan and undertake a programme of tasks, working independently and/or as part of a team.

The range of duties will be dependent on the working region, training, competence and statutory requirements, but may include:

  • Under HEO direction, organise emergency measures to control outbreaks of specified quarantine and non- indigenous pests and diseases in areas of proven competency.
  • Crop surveys and soil sampling in connection with regulations made to prevent the spread of dangerous plant pests and diseases.
  • Under HEO direction certify for export plants and planting material after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Inspection of certain agricultural and horticultural crops in connection with statutory and domestic plant health certification/classification schemes and marketing standard regulations.
  • Under HEO direction perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964, including field inspections and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Undertake additional specialised duties including delivering work directly to and on behalf of Business Improvement Groups.
  • Complete administrative duties as required in accordance with standard operating procedures and agency guidelines and time frames.
  • Statutory inspection of fresh Horticultural produce, imported plants, planting material and plant produce to ensure compliance with import regulations.
  • Enforce the marketing standards and grading rules for fresh produce in England and Wales to ensure traders meet their statutory responsibilities.
  • Conduct inspections and support heightened enforcement action against non-compliant traders including the possible collection and collation of evidence required for any criminal investigations where necessary.
  • In addition to physical inspection procedures, ensure that documents accompanying imported material are satisfactory and in accord with phytosanitary measures and the standards required for the marketing of fresh horticultural produce.
  • Collect samples and enforce olive oil standards, collect official market data and seize samples for Government pesticide residue testing.
  • Certify for export produce, plants, seeds, grain, machinery and ware potatoes after examination in accordance with the importing country’s requirements, including issue of phytosanitary certificates and HMI produce conformity certificates for fresh Horticultural produce and advice to exporters on the requirements.
  • Perform the statutory duties relating to regulations made under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964 including the field inspection of certain crops and the sampling of certain classes of seed and enforcement checks on the activities of seed firms and seed samplers.
  • Liaise closely with various regulatory bodies such as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, UK Border Agency, Port Health and Animal Health authorities.
  • To assist management in other tasks or duties they have experience in or have been trained on which when undertaken can further their personal development as per agreement in their Performance Management Review (PMR) with a time limit to enhance prospects of career progression.

The PHSI offers a 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week level of service to the trade for import & export certification & biosecurity checks

Depending on location you may be required to work in a shift pattern. This pattern can be early morning or a late evening shift and can span over weekends and public holidays.

Candidates should expect to work flexibly to meet the varied work patterns defined by business need. You may be required to work at other locations, so candidates must be prepared to occasionally work and stay away from home.

Candidates will need independent access to a car to visit clients / collect samples / carry equipment. Some client locations and working hours preclude the use of public transport.

Closing date: Monday 10th April 2023

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