Gardener

Salary: £26,000 p/a

Location: Rake (nr. Liss), Hampshire (On-site)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

You will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and development of our 27-acre country estate, consisting of professionally designed planting beds, grass meadow, woodland, lawns, water features and a pond - all managed under organic principles. 

You will have substantial experience in a similar role; will be competent in the use and maintenance of garden machinery including chainsaws, hedge trimmers, pedestrian and ride-on mowers and ideally will be certified to use a chainsaw. Horticultural qualifications are desirable, but not essential. Excellent plant and soft landscaping knowledge is essential, as is the ability to work independently. 

We have a small team of gardening volunteers. You will have effective interpersonal skills to supervise and motivate this team and the ability to share your skills with a view to expanding the number of volunteers involved.

You will have an awareness of Health & Safety requirements for this area of work and a desire to ensure both your own safety and that of all visitors.

White Eagle Lodge is a spiritual organisation and charity, with thousands of members across the world. It is guided by universal spiritual truths known as the White Eagle Teachings; comforting, supportive and peaceful. Activities include retreats, meditation, spiritual healing, yoga, volunteering, services of worship and much more. You do not need to be a member or familiar with the teachings, but respect and empathy are required for the spiritual aspects of the work and the values and ethos of the organisation. 

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead on the development and maintenance of the grounds at New Lands, in harmony with our ethos.
  • Contribute towards making a budget proposition regarding gardening, horticultural work and ground maintenance costs for the Estate and Property team.
  • Make long-term plans for development of the estate, liaising with the Coordinating team and Trustees.
  • Undertake general gardening and horticultural works and grounds maintenance: Grass cutting, hedge trimming, leaf blowing, weeding, propagation, planting, pruning.
  • Foster a collaborative working approach with colleagues and volunteers, including contractors.
  • Share knowledge and skills to enhance the professional development of all volunteers. Celebrate volunteer success. Manage any capability issues swiftly and with professionalism.
  • Be part of a project team on a programme team on the development of a volunteering programme at New Lands to provide a range of suitable opportunities: Training, supervision and providing support with volunteer recruitment.
  • Work with the project team on a programme of community engagement to enhance our interaction with the public and specific parts of the community.
  • Work with the Coordinating team to keep them up to date on developments or potential issues.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

You will have an excellent people-focused attitude and great attention to detail. Ability to take initiative, multi-task and prioritise workloads. Preferably having previous experience working within a small, busy organisation.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Rozita Hansen on 01730 893 300 or email rozita.hansen@white-eagle.org.uk

To apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement, outlining how your experience meets the criteria, to support@bespokehr.com  

Job ref: WELGARD2024

The full job pack can be downloaded from our website here.

Closing date:  20th June, 2024  

What we can offer you

You will be working in a pleasant, rural working environment on New Lands country estate in Hampshire. Benefits include 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays; access to the NEST pension scheme; enhanced sick pay and access to an Employee Assistance Programme. We offer an environment which encourages development, empowerment and personal responsibility.