Skilled Gardener – Productive Gardens

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are looking to recruit a Gardener to join their experienced and dedicated team in the Productive Kitchen Garden.

Role Overview:

We pride ourselves on our high standards.  As a Gardener here you will carry out numerous gardening duties, requiring a minimum amount of supervision including –

  • soil cultivation, digging, forking, raking, mulching, and
  • bed preparation, weeding, planting, watering, pruning, and harvesting.
  • propagate a wide range of vegetables, flowers and herbs from seed under glass and in situ
  • any other horticultural tasks required to maintain the highest standards in the garden
  • engaging and enthusing our visitors of all ages and answering their questions
  • the use and maintenance of hand tools and basic light machinery

Skills/Experience:

Heligan Gardeners need to:-

  • Demonstrate previous knowledge and experience of productive gardening
  • be willing to work outside in all weathers
  • be able to use tools, including power tools
  • be physically fit for digging, lifting, carrying, etc
  • be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • be able to work flexibly, according to seasons and weather
  • be happy to talk to our visitors
  • be willing to help out in other departments and areas when needed

 Qualities you will need to display:

For this position we are looking for people who have a genuine interest in growing heritage fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs and in delivering this passion to our visitors. The successful candidate will:

  • be passionate about gardening.
  • enjoy working outside in all weathers.
  • be able to produce and maintain a consistently high quality finish in the garden.
  • be hard working and adaptable to change
  • have good communication skills
  • have a strong understanding of the importance of team work

In return you will be rewarded with:

  • Staff benefit scheme including free family entry to Eden and Heligan during employment and discounts on local attractions and retail.
  • Sociable hours with no shift work
  • Discounts on retail within the Gardens and any associated companies
  • Discounted staff meals within our tea rooms.

Salary: £23,609

Hours/Contract: Full Time/Permanent

Closing Date: 31st January 2024

How to apply
Please send your CV along with a personal statement (no more than 1 side of A4) explaining why you would be great in this role to: [email protected]

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