Junior Gardener

Kilver Court parterre in the summer, with greenery and pink roses

 

Are you passionate about gardening and horticulture? Do you enjoy being outdoors in all weather conditions? Do you want to create beautiful spaces for thousands of people to enjoy? This might be the perfect opportunity for you!

Nestled in the heart of Somerset, Kilver Court gardens are meticulously maintained year-round for the public's enjoyment. These 3.5-acre gardens are set against a 19th-century viaduct, offering a stunning architectural backdrop. The gardens feature a large rockery adorned with conifers, acers, heathers, and alpines, with a waterfall softened by hostas, primulas, and astilbes.

Kilver Court is inspired by an award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden, designed by multi-Gold-medal winner George Whitelegg. Rebuilt in the late 1950s by Herbert Showering, these gardens are now cherished by his grandchildren.

We are looking for a dedicated Gardener that has an eye for detail to join our team. As a Junior Gardener, you will help maintain and enhance the beauty of our gardens and grounds. This hands-on role requires strong horticultural knowledge and landscaping skills.

Responsibilities

  • Perform all garden maintenance tasks to the highest standards, including, mowing, hedge cutting planting, pruning, watering and weeding.
  • Maintain the health and appearance of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees.
  • Awareness and the ability to identify pests, diseases, or other issues affecting plant health.
  • Assist with both hard and soft landscape maintenance projects.
  • Use power tools and hand tools to complete gardening tasks efficiently and safely.
  • Ensure all garden areas are kept clean and maintained to the highest standard.

Experience:
  • Proven experience in gardening or grounds-keeping roles.
  • Knowledge of plant species, growth patterns, and care requirements.
  • Familiarity with landscape maintenance techniques and equipment operation.
  • Ability to identify common pests, diseases, and weeds affecting plants.
  • Proficiency in using power tools and hand tools for gardening tasks.

Skills:
  • Garden Maintenance: Ability to perform routine tasks such as planting, pruning, weeding, and mulching
  • Grounds-keeping: Experience in maintaining the overall appearance of outdoor spaces, including lawns, flower beds, and pathways
  • Growing: Knowledge of plant growth patterns and cultivation requirements including irrigation techniques
  • Landscape Maintenance: Experience of pedestrian and sit on mowers and hedge trimmers, strimmers and chainsaws.
  • Hand Tools: Effective use of tools like edging shears, forks, hoes, and pruners


Requirements:

  • At least one year of experience in a similar role.
  • Strong horticultural knowledge and skills, including plant identification, growth, and maintenance.
  • Good knowledge of health and safety regulations related to garden and grounds maintenance.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work within a team and with other departments and external contractors as needed.
  • Preferred not essential – Spraying PA1 &PA6 – Chainsaw qualification.

 

If you meet these criteria and are excited about this opportunity, we would love to hear from you!

Contract: Full-time, Permanent
Pay: From £23,860.00 per year
Benefits:
Company pension
Employee discount
Free parking
On-site parking
Store discount
Schedule: 8 hour shift, Monday to Friday
Experience: Gardening for 1 year (required)
Licence/Certification: Driving Licence preferred
Work Location: In person 

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