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Royal Agricultural University
CirencesterHybrid work
£28,759.10 - £33,965.60 a year - Permanent, Full-time
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Head Gardener

Location: Cirencester, GL7 6JS

Salary: £28,759.10 - £33,965.60 per annum

Are you passionate about horticulture and ready to lead a team in maintaining and enhancing beautiful outdoor spaces? We are looking for a dedicated and experienced Head Gardener to join our Estates team at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU).

As the Head Gardener, you will be responsible for the exceptional care and management of our stunning gardens and outdoor areas. Your expertise in horticultural cycles and seasons will ensure the health and vibrancy of the estate's flora. You will oversee procurement, budgeting, and planning in line with our sustainability goals, and lead a motivated grounds team to create and maintain beautiful, functional spaces.

You will develop and implement comprehensive garden maintenance plans, including weeding, pruning, planting, pest control, fertilizing, and watering. Maintaining and managing all grounds activities, you will ensure high standards for roads, pathways, signage, lawns, garden borders, and woodlands. Leading, motivating, and managing the grounds team, you will ensure coverage during term times and holidays.

You will operate and train the team on a range of grounds maintenance equipment. Additionally, you will maintain an inventory of gardening tools and equipment, ensuring they are in good condition and ordering replacements as needed. Keeping the campus free of litter and addressing seasonal hazards like leaves, snow, and ice to ensure safety for staff, students, and visitors is also a crucial part of your role.

Preparing budget estimates and seeking cost-effective ways to improve operations will be part of your responsibilities. You will support university events and Open Days. Moreover, promoting and enforcing safe working practices and ensuring health and safety compliance will be vital.

We are seeking someone with an NVQ level 2 in Horticulture or an equivalent qualification. You should have considerable experience in a similar role. Being hard-working and adaptable, with the physical fitness to meet job demands, is essential. Strong leadership skills with the ability to instruct and direct team members and contractors are also required. You should be proficient in operating horticultural machinery and hand tools and have proven experience in developing and maintaining gardens to a high standard.

The RAU has been at the forefront of agricultural education for over 175 years. One of the UK’s smaller universities and set in beautiful surroundings, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. We offer 30 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays, the option for hybrid working, free parking, and an excellent employee assistance programme

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact on the RAU’s landscape, contributing to a vibrant and sustainable environment. If you are a passionate gardener with leadership skills, we would love to hear from you.

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If you feel you are a suitable candidate and would like to work for the Royal Agricultural University, please click apply to be redirected to their website to complete your application.

Closing Date: 21 July 2024

Interview Date: W/C 29 July 2024

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £28,759.10-£33,965.60 per year

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: 403763

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