Current positions available at Kent Gardening & Tree Surgery:
Gardener / Horticulturalist / Tree grounds person
Role and responsibilities:
A permanent position working 42.5 hours per week of 8.5 hour days, Monday to Friday (No Weekend Working) alongside existing team members.
You will be doing varied work from domestic gardening to commercial grounds care with the addition of being a ground based member of the tree surgery team when required.
From our base near Cranbrook, Kent we provide services across the weald of Kent.
Within this area we look after small to large domestic gardens, pub gardens, commercial premises and everything in between.
Day to day tasks will initially include pruning, weeding, digging, strimming, mowing, raking and clearing up.
We also offer a comprehensive tree surgery service including pruning and removals. Forming part of the team you will be initially tasked with processing brash and log wood from the tree to the waiting chipper and vehicle and raking up arisings as required.
Additional tasks such as hedge cutting, herbicide application, using a chainsaw or wood chipper will be made available to you depending on your skills and qualifications.
Our ideal candidate:
Applicants should be physically able to do the tasks and will be expected to work in all weathers throughout the year.
A strong horticultural background with excellent plant knowledge would excel you to the front of the crowd.
It would be desirable for applicants to have a recognised qualification in horticulture / gardening i.e. First Diploma, National Certificate, National Diploma, NVQ, City & Guilds or RHS Diploma.
Alternatively, applicants with at least 10 years experience in the industry with fantastic horticultural knowledge and superb references would also be considered.
Applicants should have a strong work ethic and have an ability to work as a team player.
Additional qualifications such as pesticide spraying certifications and chainsaw related qualifications would be beneficial but not essential.
Training will be provided to further your skills where necessary and this will be subject to a contractual training agreement.
A clean full UK driving license is essential. Applicants over 25 may be eligible to drive company work vehicles.
Must be very reliable and able to turn up for work, even on Mondays!
All work clothing, uniform, boots and protective equipment will be provided for you.
Successful applicants will be asked to do a paid trial day of work as part of the final selection process. The initial contract will be for a trial period of 3 months and all being well an extension to 12 months thereafter. Regular meetings will be held to discuss your progress within our company.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications – ranging from £10.00 to £14.00 per hour (equivalent range £22,100 to £30,940 - based on 42.5 hour weeks).
An invitation to our existing work place pension scheme plus up to 28 days paid holiday per year.
To apply, please send you C.V. and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or call James on 07838 229482.