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Ludgrove School

Ludgrove School

School Gardener

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Reporting to the Estates Manager, the Gardener will be responsible for:

- Establishing and maintaining the school gardens, using a combination of gardening and landscaping skills.

- Supporting the Estates Manager and two groundsmen with the general maintenance of all the school grounds.

Key responsibilities:

Your primary tasks will be:

- Garden maintenance tasks such as; pruning, dead heading, trimming, shrub maintenance; planting, weeding and mulching beds and borders in accordance with good horticultural practice and garden design requirements

- Grass cutting and strimming

- Spraying application and maintaining records where appropriate

- Use of mowers, hedge cutters and leaf blowers

- Contribute towards the planning and designing of new areas, including estimating and purchasing of plants. 

- Use and care of all hand tools; cleaning of all machinery after use.

- Controlling of yearly plant budgets

Your secondary tasks will be:

- Working with the boys in Gardening Club on Thursday afternoons

- Upkeep of paths including snow clearing and salting

- Sweeping and tidying of paths and hard surfaces

- Maintaining Ludgrove drive and other grounds throughout the year

- Occasional help with special events, such as car parking

- Undertaking general machinery maintenance (strimmers and mowers) when required

- Assisting with the upkeep and maintenance of the wooded areas, including basic tree maintenance

- Any other duties and responsibilities as may be reasonably requested by either the Estates Manager or Headmaster

Qualifications, key skills and experience:            

- Possess a relevant Horticultural qualification, such as National Diploma or NVQ and PA1/PA6 Spraying certificates

- Proven experience of gardening work, ideally within a school environment or similar

- Good plant knowledge and understanding of correct horticultural practice

- Good practical skills in garden maintenance

- Enjoy working in an outdoor environment

- Self-motivated, reliable, enthusiastic and outgoing; an ability to work both as part of a team and independently

- Excellent communication skills

- Knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety rules and requirements, actively contributing towards the safe use, storage and maintenance of vehicles, machinery and equipment used by the grounds team

- You will be able to plan, organise and prioritise effectively and cope under pressure and set high standards

- Full driving licence

- You should be willing to work occasionally out of hours and at weekends

Conditions of Employment:

- All members of staff are expected to dress tidily and appropriately for the role in the compulsory uniform.  In particular, safety shoes are required.

- The school is a non-smoking site; there is a single designated smoking area

- The working day includes one 60 minute unpaid lunch break

- All leave is to be agreed, in advance, with the Estates Manager

Further details:

Salary:                                 Competitive salary, dependant on experience

Hours of work:                  32.5 hours per week; 8.30am – 4.00pm with 1hr lunch break

                                                Mon-Fri, summer (Apr-Oct) and Mon-Thurs, winter (Nov – Mar)

Holiday entitlement:     30 days including Bank Holidays*

                                                *except where a bank holiday falls on a day when the school is open

Application closing date 21st February. For further details contact Malcolm Heppolette, Estate Manager, or call 0118 9789881.