Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks, Kent


Client details:
Co-educational day and boarding school for 11 to 18-year-olds. Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks enjoys a global reputation as a centre of academic excellence and a flagship school for the International Baccalaureate. A co-educational day and boarding school, it offers a stimulating, intellectually demanding and balanced education for pupils from the age of 11 to 18.

Candidate profile:
The Estates department is looking for an experienced and self-motivated, fast-working and efficient Gardener.

This is a varied role which will involve assisting with the maintenance and development of the gardens and grounds on all school sites. The Gardener will report to the Head of Grounds & Gardens.

Key Accountabilities:
> prepare grounds for the planting of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants
> carry out horticultural operations, such as planting, pruning and maintenance of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants
> maintain borders, ponds, hedges, fences, walls, paths, roadways and woodlands
> carry out horticultural operations on lawns with the use of pedestrian and ride-on equipment to scarify, aerate, top-dress, over-seed, lift and lay turf, feed, irrigate and cut
> clean drives and pathways of debris, litter picking, clearing snow and applying grit salt as required
> safely use, maintain and clean horticultural equipment including hand tools, strimmers, hedge-cutters, pedestrian and ride on mowers, scarifiers, aerators, tractors and any other machinery required to undertake allocated tasks
> work in a tidy and safe manner.
> follow departmental and school policies
> periodically assist with non-gardener tasks within the school, e.g. maintain and prepare the sports pitches, grass cutting, line marking and erecting sports equipment as directed by the Director of Property or Head of Grounds & Gardens
> undertake other duties that are required and are commensurate with the grade of the post.

Essential requirements:
> work on own and as part of a team
> use own initiative
> self-motivate
> be adaptable and
> be willing to undertake tasks to given time constraints.

Special Role Requirements:
> will be required to work out of doors in all weather conditions
> at times the role may require heavy lifting
> will be required to use machinery e.g. hedge cutters, strimmers, lawn mowers, tractors etc.

Desirable requirements:
Previous experience of working in a school is not a requirement, but would be advantageous. However, lack of experience should not discourage good applicants from applying for the position.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate NVQ level 2 qualification in Horticulture (or equivalent experience), a full driving licence as well as previous experience in maintaining large or historical gardens.

Process to apply:
To apply, please click here.

Web site:

Permanent, full time

08:00 - 16:30 Monday to Friday. Working up to 12 Saturday mornings per year, 8:00 am till 1:00 pm.

Closing date:
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 11:45pm

Up to £23,000 per annum


01732 455133