Head gardener

Location : Haslemere
Salary : up to £35K doe
Vacancy type : Permanent
Vacancy ID : 48430

Our client has an exciting opportunity and are recruiting for a Interim Head gardener, must have a can-do attitude and who will join an existing team working at Hindhead, Surrey.

Job Purpose

As a Interim Head Gardener, you will be working ??hands-on?? with a small team of gardeners to provide a top-class horticultural environment for our clients. Your role will be to assist your team on a daily basis, ensuring that the requirements of the client and the specification are fully met for the enjoyment, recreation and safety of the site, employees and visitors.


  • To be conversant with the needs of the client??s contractual terms and to attend site meetings etc in the absence of the contract manager.
  • To effectively supervise your team to ensure that activities and tasks are undertaken to the highest possible safety standards and in accordance with the contract terms and KPI??s.
  • To supervise, motivate and work as part of a team with the aim of ensuring productive working relationships within the team, with other employees, managers, clients, the public and end users.
  • To be practically conversant with the use, general cleaning and basic maintenance of the locally used equipment.
  • Ensure hand/power tools and grounds maintenance equipment, machinery and vehicles for your team are in good working order and secure, that routine maintenance is carried out and refer major mechanical problems to your contract manager or the workshop.
  • To liaise with the client in a professional manner handling issues and requests efficiently and in accordance with  procedures.
  • Proactively report incidents, suggestions, or concerns regarding the site/s, clients or team to your line manager.

Skills and experiences:

  • Passionate about the environment with a keen eye for detail.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to confidently work independently
  • Spraying Certificates ?? PA1, PA2 and PA6, IOSH Managing Safely qualification preferable, but not essential
  • Level 3 Horticulture or Sports Turf Maintenance Preferred, but not essential
  • Experience in Corporate and/or Local Authority Grounds Maintenance preferred, but not essential
  • Experience with using petrol two-stroke grass/hedge cutting equipment is preferable, but not essential
  • Experience with ride on grass-cutting equipment and tractor driving is preferable but not essential
  • Flexible in approach to work and willing to work outside in all weathers
  • A full, clean UK driving licence preferred


  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Supervising: 1 year (preferred)
  • Grounds Maintenance: 3 years (preferred)


  • Driving Licence (required)
  • PA1, PA2 & PA6 Spraying Certificates (preferred)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Please quote 48430 when speaking with one of our consultants.

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Once again, I would like to extend my thanks to you for being so efficient and focused on my behalf. You have impressed me and have been extremely professional about matching me well with potential opportunities. Should I require staff in my new role... I will be sure to use you.

Simon (Contracts Manager)

I would like to give a big thank you to everyone in the team at Fresh Horticultural Careers for their help throughout my employment with them. Their support was great and helped me enjoy my time whilst working for them.

Ross (Horticulture)