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Rothamsted Research

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Head Gardener

Salary Details:
£24,225 to £26,573
Work Area:
Closing Date:
02 Mar 2020
Overview Of Role

We have an interesting new role for a Head Gardener to manage the gardens and grounds of our beautiful campus at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, and work as part of a small team.  

Rothamsted Research occupies a built environment of more than 8 ha incorporating various lawns, planted beds and trees. With 400 plus staff plus a growing number of tenant companies, a constant stream of visitors plus well used public access the appearance of these garden areas is of great importance to the Institute. 

The successful candidate will have considerable previous experience in the sector and a range of professional qualifications starting with a recognised Horticulture Industry qualification (Level 3 NVQ and/or degree equivalent) leading on to pesticide application, chain saw operation etc. You will be competent with the following duties:

  • supervise the existing grounds team
  • develop a strategy for managing the grounds efficiently with an increasingly diverse set of users and requirements
  • managing and organising grounds and lawns maintenance, tree, shrub, hedge and herbaceous borders plantings and maintenance
  • managing contractors and developing new planting areas as required.  
About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities.
Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.