Skilled Gardener Position
Salary DOE (following PGG guidelines) + benefits and training
40 hours per week
The Kilchoan estate is setting out to create a world class park and gardens. We are situated on the north shore of Loch Melfort and the estate runs to 1,500 acres of native broadleaves, forestry, farm land and established but old, parks and gardens.
The garden team is looking for an experienced gardener, who can contribute towards the creation and maintenance of the gardens and policies. We are at an early and exciting stage in the development of the grounds. The candidate must be competent in the planting & maintenance of a young and developing garden.
The garden and policies cover 30 acres and are made up of woodland, meadows and lawns, an arboretum featuring Chilean collection, kitchen garden, polytunnel & glass house, Himalayan garden as well as manicured grounds around properties. We are in the initial stages of planning a new garden for the main residence to be planted in autumn 2022. The role will include work within all of these areas.
We also house a collection of conservation importance on behalf of The International Conifer Conservation Program, the ideal candidate will have an understanding of ex-situ conservation collections and their importance.
The candidate will be part of the small team working under direction of the head of gardens or senior gardener. The role will require decision making and the ability to work both alone and as part of the team. The candidate must be keen to work on the west coast of Scotland and in all weather conditions.
Working knowledge of machinery use and maintenance is required.
2-year practical experience preferred.
RHS level 2 or similar
Chainsaw, PA1 & PA6 license desirable.
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