Landscape Design Technician

Landscape Design Technician required

Job Ref: W666

Curiosity, enthusiasm, along with a childhood plant obsession led my client, a multi-award-winning garden designer, to create their well-established landscape design and build company over 20 years ago. Based in Surrey, with an impeccable reputation within the industry, they work alongside clients and their expert team to design and build beautiful outdoor spaces. Simple, functional and within realistic budgets their style focuses on combining contemporary design with soft, cottage-style planting for their all-domestic clients. The wonderful outdoor spaces they create are no happy accident, they only come about through meticulous design, attention to detail and a continued understanding throughout the company that gardens are places to nurture and cherish. They are now looking for a Landscape Design Technician to join the team to help the continuation of the company’s success.

The Job:

The successful candidate will benefit from working alongside time-served industry professionals which will provide an idyllic springboard from which to grow and develop within the company. The position is a permanent position and remuneration shall be dependent on experience. The business is continuously growing and expanding, and as a business they encourage the team to help drive the company forward and grow with it too. An exciting time for the successful candidates to join! The successful candidate will be working on a variety of exciting private gardens within the UK.

Key Skills and attributes:

Excellent communication skills are essential, as is a genuine eye for detail and the ability to work to tight deadlines. The successful candidate must be highly motivated with a willingness to learn, be a real team player with energy and enthusiasm, and possess the drive and ambition to develop the role.

  • Experience in a range of design software, including Vectorworks is essential for the role.
  • A qualification in Landscape Architecture or equivalent professional experience working in a landscape design studio.
  • Dedicated, organised, self-motivated and willing to work across a range of projects.
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and with a team.
  • Can work under pressure and to the highest standard for project deadlines.
  • Exceptional attention to detail

This is a permanent role and the client is happy to consider applicants looking for either part-time or full time hours.

Please note that this is an office-based role.

Full time working hours for this post are 8:30am-5pm Monday to Friday with a 30-minute break.

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Landscape Design Technician 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 Landscape Design Technician vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Senior Gardener

This is an EXCLUSIVE VACANCY to English Country Gardeners. Senior Gardener required.                                

A fantastic new opportunity has become available for Senior Gardener on an incredible Edwardian estate with stunning views near Chepstow, Wales.  Using the original structure of the Edwardian Garden, over the past 5 years the gardens have been significantly renovated and re-designed by the award-winning garden designer, Arne Maynard. As the gardens continue to progress and the team continues to grow, the Senior Gardener will work within a team of 4 reporting into the Head of Gardens to continue to develop and maintain the garden to a consistently high standard.

This impressive estate has been divided into different properties and the newly designed two-acre garden will incorporate the original structure of the Edwardian Garden as created at the beginning of the 1900’s. That is to bring the historical garden back to its former glory, in a sensitive interpretation the original vision, but at the same time create a garden of today which reflects the owners tastes and particular garden passions’ and that is exactly what they did and continue to do.

The garden consists of a terrace that wraps around the house with clipped enkianthus in pots with borders planted primarily with irises, a very large pergola garden supporting wisteria and roses with a surrounding rose garden encircling a formal pond planted with water lilies.  The formal garden enclosures on either side of the pergola were planted with hyacinths and tulips. Below the terrace wall are deep herbaceous borders where the plants reach up and almost mingle with the ones above. The mood borders to create borders which change over the seasons from the excitement of the spring bulbs to the main show of mid-summer roses and iris, mixed with geraniums nepetas, digitalis, and salvias, with a wonderful last peak of flowers for late summer and many of which will hold on to seed heads over the winter.

The owners visited Belgium to select four massive topiary yews clipped like wedding cakes to make an impact as one descends the steps from the terrace. Large copper beech topiary was set alongside the roses and provide structure and scale, with cloud topiary providing variation of form and a contemporary edge.  To the east of the formal bowling lawn an avenue of magnolia was planted with a beautiful art installation. An informal meadow of long grass planted with a collection of cherry trees and spring bulbs provide a natural feel and a soft backdrop to the formal portions of the garden. 

The rock garden was an integral part of the original plan providing a diverse and stimulating focal point when viewed from the sunny south-facing aspect of the house and therefore carefully restored and improved. Utilising the quarried ground, it provided a setting for alpines. The original pools were repaired and linked to waterfalls providing a base for puddlestone rocks, moss, specimen trees and a variety of Japanese Maple. The area adjacent to the rock garden has been planted with a variety of wild Cherry. This area plays a significant role in maintaining the historic and established feel of the property.

There are further plans for the creation of a frame yard with wooden glasshouse, potting shed and cart shed, for a cutting garden and orchard. The forecourt will be developed to include bolder plantings to give a more dramatic entrance to the house. Gardens are about evolution and this garden will be a continuous development.

Applicants for this position will ideally hold academic horticultural qualifications, extensive knowledge of plants and their seasonal management and should have a strong background in private estate gardening.  Applicants must be physically fit and must be competent in the operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery.

SALARY:  £42,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Chepstow, Wales

JOB No:  EC55591

If you're interested in this Senior Gardener vacancy, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk directly.

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 Senior 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 Senior Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


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.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Part Time Gardener

Part Time Gardener required

Job Ref ADV452

A small growing gardening business providing garden maintenance for gardens over South West London. Working on a variety of scales, from small courtyards to large suburban gardens.

Great gardening assistant required - 2-3 days a week. Possibly more.

Would suit a self-employed individual.  

Must be willing to learn, work hard, be reliable, and used to physical work.

Ideally you will have a horticulture qualification and a genuine interest in gardening.

The role pays £100-£120 per day depending on experience. 

Most of the work is gardening maintenance as well as design and planting ideas for clients.

You will need to be able to travel to Fulham/Chelsea/Putney/Hammersmith to work.

Staying friendly and professional is very important. 

You will need to wear presentable work trouser, t-shirt and closed toe shoes. You will also need waterproof jacket and trousers for rainy days.

Please send a CV with a message which details why you are interested in the role, your relevant experience and when you could be available to start.

This Part Time Gardener 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 British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) please click here and the Association Professional Landscapers please click here


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.

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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.

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


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

Please click apply button to apply.

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Plant Health and Seeds Inspector

Plant Health and Seeds Inspector - Eastern

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Location: East of England, London (region)

Reference number: 269039

Salary: £25,915 - £30,402

Job Ref ADV447

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.

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

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 Plant Health and Seeds Inspector position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.