Gardener for Private Estate in Buckinghamshire

£29,000 - £32,000

Job Description

We are recruiting for a full time live-out Senior Gardener / Maintenance Team Leader for a prestigious private estate in Buckinghamshire comprised of formal and leisure lawns, large planting borders, parkland trees and woodland. The gardens are currently in a transitional phase with many of the formal areas being remodelled, and the Senior Gardner / Maintenance Team Leader will be working hands on to ensure all newly landscaped areas are maintained to a very high standard, and simultaneously bringing the remainder of the garden to the next level. You will report directly to the Head Gardener, and in turn be responsible for leading a team (consisting of at least 3 Operatives) who will carry out general garden work in accordance with the annual maintenance programme.

Summary of responsibilities and duties:

• Deliver high standards of maintenance and horticulture by working with the Head Gardener and taking responsibility for set tasks and targets throughout the year.

• Work with your team to get the best results through one-on-one supervision, leading by example and creating a sense ownership of task and personal responsibility.

• Liaising with security, housekeeping staff and other contractors

• Setting the standard by leading a team of operatives and being directly responsible for the general maintenance of agreed areas.

• Maintenance and upkeep of all lawn areas, planted areas, parkland and woodland to high standards, including the implementation of seasonal treatments.

• General maintenance of all herbaceous boarders including weeding, seasonal pruning, cutting back and correct management of pest and diseases.

• Ensure the irrigation system is correctly maintained and kept in proper working order

• Ensuring that all mechanical equipment is correctly used, maintained and kept in proper working order.

• Adhere to and enforce safety policies and procedures on site

 

Required qualifications and skills:

• Significant practical experience in horticulture, supported by an appropriate qualification

• Sound knowledge of standard horticultural practices (planting, pruning, fertilising, etc), growth characteristics and identification of a wide variety of plants

• Up-to-date working knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in garden maintenance operations

• Significant experience with irrigation systems and able to identify signs of over/under watering

• Good written and verbal communication skills

• Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills

• Strong attention to detail

• Prior experience in a horticultural role in a private estate, preferably with experience leading a team

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Good time management – ability to prioritise, working efficiently and with a good idea of how long each task takes to complete

• Problem solver - ability to identify and resolve issues with speed

• Resilience – comfortable working in a fast-paced environment whilst maintaining a positive and flexible attitude with an ability to motivate others

• Physical aptitude to working outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions

• High levels of ethical conduct: honesty, trustworthiness, integrity.

 

Location: Buckinghamshire SL2

Starting: ASAP

Salary: £29,000 - £32,000 GPA

 

*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application*