About the role
Please note that this vacancy is not part of Surrey County Council, we are advertising this on behalf of a partnership organisation.
Employment status : Self-employed, permanent full-time role, live in option available within the staff quarters, Monday-Friday 08 : 00-16 : 00, salary dependent on experience.
An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced gardener to work full time on a beautiful newly built private household garden in Virginia Water, Surrey.
The 3-acre garden consists of formal ornamental lawns, mixed bedding around the house and a variety of mature and young trees.
Areas of work
Lawns, flowerbeds, borders hedges, trees & hard surfaces
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities
Recommend and continuously assess a lawn treatment / fertiliser program to prep and recoup throughout the different seasons
Undertake general maintenance of the gardens to a high standard to ensure the home maintains a clean and well-kept environment
Regular watering, weeding, fertilising, spraying, trimming and pruning flowerbeds ensuring they look attractive throughout the year
Hedges to be kept neat and tidy to the agreed height throughout the year- scheduling main cuts and carrying out regular trimming throughout the year to maintain an attractive presentation.
Monitor trees & garden areas on a regular basis and inform the client if any concerns arise
Ensure all hard surfaces including paths, driveway and patios, are free from leaves and debris
Herbicide applications to be made as necessary to control moss and weeds
Remove all waste created from site
Ensure that chemicals (insecticides) paints, proprietary cleaners and varnishes are used and stored only in accordance with manufactures instructions and guidelines.
Carry out tests and checks as laid out and required by HC-One.
Applicants must be enthusiastic and self-motivated and able to work on their own initiative
Understands and respect the household's privacy and maintain confidentiality- not permitted to talk about clients / clients' properties outside the workplace- includes the use of photographs on social media networks etc. without permission
Physically fit and willing to work outdoors in all seasons
Proficiency and good knowledge in the use and maintenance of relevant machinery (including chainsaws, mowers etc.)
Competence and certificates in relevant health and safety legislation applicable to the role- i.e., FEPA certificates, PA1 / PA6 spraying certificates and chainsaw certificates etc.
Experience of working in a large garden of a similar nature would be advantageous.
Good knowledge of irrigation systems would be advantageous.