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Royal Horticultural Society

Horticulturist (Level I) – Estates/Grounds

£20,842 - £22,146 per annum dependant on experience
RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Horticulturist Level 1/Estate Grounds Person to join the team at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex.

We are a garden of 365 acres that ranges from intensive horticulture to establishing woodland and with over 360,000 visitors per year; the outer estate plays a lead role in attracting a wider audience. With the addition of new visitor facilities, the garden and estate continues to undergo extensive ecological improvements, helping us to deliver our commitment to Biodiversity. We welcome someone with enthusiasm and the desire to learn, so keen experienced horticulturists with well-rounded practical estate management skills are invited to apply.

Applicants for the position should have some previous experience in woodland management/ecology, experience in grassland management on a range of grass types including wild flower meadows. Duties include mowing, strimming, hedge cutting and the use of Three Point Linkage and PTO driven equipment, so strong practical skills are essential, as is a full manual driving licence. The ability to work well within a team and maintain effective communication is essential. Experience in dealing with the public is necessary along with providing guidance to students, apprentices and volunteers.

To work for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is to join a thriving charity, whose mission is to inspire everyone to grow. Everything we do is built on the transformational power of gardening – and the benefits it brings to people, places and our planet.

Known globally for our inspirational Shows and five spectacular Gardens, our work extends to leading ground-breaking climate research, running community outreach programmes, and setting the standards in horticultural education. With the recent opening of RHS Garden Bridgewater and Hilltop, the world’s first dedicated Centre for Gardening Science, at RHS Garden Wisley, there has never been a more exciting time to be part of our journey to make the UK a greener, and more beautiful place.

And we couldn’t do this without our people. We’re proud of the knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas that each one of our team members brings. From working across our social media channels, to volunteering in the Gardens, from serving customers in our Garden Centres to running national marketing campaigns, we believe that every member of the RHS team should have the opportunity to make a difference.

The RHS provides a number of great benefits for employees including:

  • Free parking for staff working at one of the five gardens
  • Free access to all RHS Gardens and Flower Shows
  • 20% discount on all RHS Retail
  • Discounted food and drink from the catering outlets at the gardens
  • Employee discounts at high street retailer and cash back scheme
  • 25 days’ holiday (increasing to 28 and 30 with service)
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Pension with employers’ contribution, which increases with length of service
  • Employee Assistance Programme for staff and immediate family
  • Monthly Garden magazine and access to gardening advice
  • Sponsorship for external studies

The RHS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all personnel to share in this commitment. We are an inclusive employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Apply via our website

Close date is 1 October 2021.

Closing Date: 01/10/2021  Location: RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex

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