Gardener

Post Reference: cofe/TP/223/1639
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Variable
Salary/Stipend: £20- £25 per hour- Negotiable depending on experience and skill
Working Hours: From April- October 24 hours per week (three days a week) From November- March 16 hours per week (two days a week)
Closing Date: 20/05/2019
Region / Division: National Church Institutions
Post Category: Facility Management
Organizational Unit: Bishop's Office
Location: St Albans

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibilities for this role are;

  • The lawns are normally looked after by a separate contractor. However, you may be required to mow lawns if he/she is unable to fulfill their contract
  • Cutting and maintaining hedges
  • Pruning wall shrubs and climbers
  • Maintenance of shrub borders including pruning and weeding
  • Maintenance of herbaceous borders including weeding, staking, pruning and replanting as required, and mulching
  • Leaf-clearing and litter-picking
  • Chemical spraying and application of fertilisers (kept to a minimum)
  • Greenhouse and nursery practices including seed sowing, watering, propagation and potting
  • Maintaining the compost heaps
  • Maintenance of car parks
  • Snow-clearing and frost-gritting including out of hours work
  • Keeping garden buildings clean, tidy and safe
  • Observing all Health and Safety Risk Assessments, COSHH, regulatory and security measures
  • Undertaking other duties as required

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate requirements are;

Essential

  • Recognised horticultural Qualification, such as RHS level 2 and/or relevant experience
  • Good knowledge of plants, lawn care, glasshouse work, machinery and H&S regulations
  • Experience of working in a large garden
  • Basic IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills with a good grasp of English.
  • Ability to work alone with little or no supervision
  • Conscientious and hard working
  • Physically resilient and tough

Desirable

  • PASMA tower training
  • First Aid training useful
  • PA1 and PA6 certificate

About Us

As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise. 

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.