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Skilled Gardener – Productive Gardens

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, hoeing, mulching, watering, edging, raking, weeding
  • Bed preparation and planting:  weeding, planting, pruning, harvesting, watering
  • Propagate a 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


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 teamwork

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.
  • Free Parking
  • Sociable hours with no shift work
  • Discounts on retail within the Gardens and any associated companies
  • Discounted staff meals within our tea rooms.



Closing Date:

Tuesday 30th November 2021

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 for this position to [email protected]