Sole Gardener - South East England

A very attractive opportunity has arisen for an experienced and well-rounded Sole Gardener on a beautiful private estate in Surrey, with an on-site 1 bedroom cottage and pension contribution included. The stunning garden covers approximately 2 acres and consists primarily of lawn and flower beds, with a small woodland area.  The property has been designed and managed to a very high standard and so requires a dedicated maintenance Gardener with genuine passion for their work.  Additional estate duties will be required of the successful candidate, as will the desire to take ownership and pride in the property. Typical duties will include care of lawns, shrubs, pruning, weeding, and maintenance of small trees where necessary.  Applicants should have experience with small-scale propagation and glasshouse work, and be confident with growing vegetables organically. The ideal candidate will possess good handyman skills; able to tackle the variety of minor building/repair tasks that inevitably arise both in the garden and in the house, including routine operation and maintenance of garden tools and machinery, touch up painting and minor carpentry (such as fruit cages).  You should also be a confident driver to assist with airport runs and very occasional evening events, and be willing to manage contractors when on site. The successful applicant will also be responsible for security of the property, as the owners are frequently located abroad.

The ideal candidate will have good plant identification skills and horticultural knowledge as well as a positive attitude and good attention to detail. You must be reliable, trustworthy and loyal, with basic computer skills and a flexible approach to your work. You should possess or be able to obtain a CRB check.  Hours of work will be 08:15 – 17:15.  Summer hours (June – Aug) 08:15 - 18:15 Mon to Fri. Winter hours (Dec – Feb) 08:15 – 16:15 Mon to Fri.  A one hour lunch break is provided year-round.

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

 

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