A rare opportunity has arisen. Can you help manage and grow this magnificent historic Garden?
We are looking for a full time, experienced and qualified Lead Gardener to manage the Gardens alongside our volunteers and to play an active role in making the visitor experience of our 10 acre site the best in the city – and beyond!
See below for details and attached is a shareable document. Please circulate to those you think may relish this role (closing date 15th December).
A rare opportunity to look after a unique and well-loved historic garden nestled in the middle of a city landscape.
The 10 acres of historic formal gardens – with wilder wildlife areas – is owned and run by a small independent charitable trust and staffed mainly by volunteers.
The Trust is going through a period of change and development in order to ensure the long-term future of the Gardens.
We are looking for a full-time Gardener who can take a lead role in maintaining the standards of the 18th century styled Gardens and work positively with the Trust to ensure the success of its growing visitor engagement programmes and other charitable business developments.
You will be a qualified gardener (RHS level3 or equivalent vocational experience) with existing, and proven, management and budgeting experience.
As well as having hands-on horticultural and grounds maintenance skills, your experience will also include working with a diverse volunteer workforce.
Salary: £19,500 – £22,000 commensurate with experience
Hours: based on 37.5 hours per week
Ability & willingness to work certain weekends; bank holidays & event days essential
This is a permanent contract, on completion of a satisfactory probation period.
Purpose and scope of the role.
You will be responsible, in partnership with the Trust’s other staff, for the overall management and development of the Gardens, ensuring the highest standards of horticulture and visitor experience.
- You will supervise, mentor ‘junior’ staff, foster good relations with contractors and manage our varied community of volunteers, fostering a culture of good teamwork.
- Volunteers in the gardens currently range across all abilities and time commitments. Some are solely project based, temporary, have additional needs or come in groups as part of partnerships in the community. Others provide a committed, stable and often highly skilled regular commitment.
- Managing and balancing workload tasks with volunteers is a major aspect of this post
- Health and Safety: You will ensure that you and the working teams comply with procedures to manage risk to the public, staff, volunteers and contractors. Ensuring that risk assessments are carried out in line with Trust guidance for works you are supervising and monitor compliance with safety procedures.
- You will be involved in supporting quality visitor engagement within the Gardens to deliver the best possible visitor experience.
- Our growing programme of events, hire and family friendly activities are core aspects contributing to the Trust’s long term future.
- Your active participation in planning and positive support for preparation and delivery is key. This will involve some weekend and bank holiday working – by negotiation.
- Alongside the General Manager, you will manage the modest gardens and maintenance budget and plan for appropriate purchases and growing tasks throughout the year.
- You will monitor and control the resources delegated to you, improving cost efficiency wherever possible.
Knowledge, skills and experience needed
- Significant practical experience in horticulture, with qualifications to RHS Level 3 or equivalent.
- A good level of plantmanship/plant husbandry skills with a good range of horticultural techniques. A practical knowledge of conservation and historic gardens will be a distinct advantage.
- Leadership skills including coaching, motivation and excellent communication.
- Experience of working with volunteers is essential. Volunteer teams at the Garden are varied in experience, skill and ability. The post holder will need to quickly grasp what can be achieved and find how to lead and motivate them.
- Proven track record of managing small budget, finances and small projects.
- Experience of assessing and managing risk. Knowledge of all Health and Safety and relevant compliance requirements.
- A practical understanding of the needs of the visiting public. The Gardens are open 7 days a week to paying visitors. We run a public programme of small events, largely at weekends, as well as extensive schools and family friendly activities.
- An entrepreneurial streak. We are looking to expand our ‘growing to sell’ projects as well as other ways to help financially support the Gardens.
About the Gardens
The Gardens are a restored, formal garden in the 17th /18th century style. There are formal lawns and box, yew, hornbeam and holly hedging throughout (2.5km in total)
- Formal beds (upper and lower wilderness) with trees, shrubs, evergreens and annual underplanting.
- Formal and semi-formal bedding areas, again in the 18th century ‘block’ style.
- Two box and yew parterres, a 17 metre x 2.5 metre holly walk and a holly maze.
- Two heritage apple and pear orchards with further espaliered wall fruit and trees.
- A formal vegetable garden and medicinal /culinary herb borders.
- 2 acres of the Gardens exist outside the 18th century walls. These are mainly cultivated for wildlife and used extensively for family and schools activities. There are 3 ponds (one formal, 2 natural).
Closing date for Applications 15th December 2017
Interviews … week commencing 8th January 2018 (tbc)
Please contact us with your cv and covering letter. For more information or for an informal chat ring Glynis Powell 0121 749 4100, firstname.lastname@example.org
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