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The Ferry House
4.8 out of 5
£13.50 an hour - Permanent, Full-time
Responded to 75% or more applications in the past 30 days, typically within 3 days.

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  • £13.50 an hour

Job type

  • Full-time
  • Permanent

Shift and schedule

  • Weekend availability
  • Every weekend
  • Monday to Friday



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  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking

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Job description

About The Ferry House

In our unique location alongside the Swale estuary, we hold over 100 weddings a year, boast luxury accommodation, deliver expert treatments and open seven days a week for dining in our award winning restaurant, showcasing dishes created with our food ethos always in mind; plot to plate, field to fork, grain to glass. At The Ferry House, we work towards five core values: commitment, consistency, family, pride & quality and are always on the look our for those who are willing to share in our culture and ideals in making an enjoyable working environment. Find out more about what it's like to work here:

Job Description & Responsibilities

This role is a unique position, offering someone with passion & drive not only the opportunity to train with expert guidance but the offer of a Senior Gardener role at the end of a two year training period. Our Head Gardener would like to retire from her role in 2 years and potentially sooner if it is felt the candidate is ready to go it alone prior to this timeline, which gives the right candidate an amazing opportunity to glean from her wealth of experience and readying themselves for the leap into a Senior Gardener role.

· This role will suit someone with a keen interest in gardening/horticulture, particularly in kitchen gardens. Preferably already with their RHS Level 1 or 2.

· Preferably candidates will have some experience in supervisory roles, even if in a different field.

· Only candidates with a strong desire to progress need apply.

· To have experience in; Mowing, Strimming, Seed sowing, Pricking out, Potting on, Propagation, Vegetable & flower knowledge, Fruit tree pruning & Shrub Maintenance, would be seen as an advantage, but not essential.

· Driving license necessary as you will need to drive between 2 sites.

· You'll work in a supervisory position to our full and part time gardeners, under the management of Jane, our Head Gardener.

· At the end of two years, Jane our Head Gardener shall retire, and You’ll continue under the role of Senior Gardener and shall line manage the remainder of the team.

Working Hours

· Hours are 7.00am - 3.30pm with a minimum half hour break.

· 5-day week. Working days: Monday to Friday for the majority of the year - in the height of summer a Saturday OR Sunday once every 2/3 weeks may be required instead of a weekday to keep on top of watering.

· Permanent role

Salary = £13.50 per hour

Perks· Staff discount up to 40% on food, drink & accommodation, plus 4% pension.

· Extended friends & family discount up to 20% on food, drink & accommodation.

· Special rates for staff massages/treatments.

· Meals provided for shifts of 6+ hours.

· Closed for minimum 5 days at Christmas.

· Friendly, family-run business & close-knit team.

· Beautiful 16th century waterside venue.

Working environment

Our Front of house gardens are beautifully kept to a wedding ready standard at all times, and our cottage accommodation also has grounds and gardens to maintain. Our kitchen gardens, which are open to the public, are extensive - with 2 polytunnels, a greenhouse, and ever-expanding beds which provide our chefs with the very best ingredients.

As a business we are a team of 55 - with multiple departments all striving to achieve a very clear vision and set of goals - which are shared across the business for everyone to understand and participate in achieving.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £13.50 per hour


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Leysdown-On-Sea: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • Gardening: 1 year (preferred)


  • Driving Licence (required)

Work Location: In person

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