• Reference: TE001
  • Salary: £12,385.00 per annum
  • Contract type: Fixed term
  • Posted on: 07 June 2021
  • Interview date:
  • Division: Community Services
  • Positions: 1
  • Grade: Not applicable
  • Working hours: 37 per week
  • Closing date: 27 June 2021
  • Location: Town Hall, Crawley
  • Category: Not applicable
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About the role

Turn your love for gardening and plants, spending your days outdoors being active, creating and caring for beautiful spaces that are a haven for people, nature and wildlife and for learning every day, into a career. This is your opportunity of a lifetime to train to become a gardener of the future.

You’ll grow your knowledge and skills in our stunning Worth Park. It’s a historic garden that’s looking to the future in the expert hands of our award winning and inspirational head gardener. Home to formal gardens, including a camelia walk, a restored Pulhamite rockery and Victorian fountain; arboretum; herbaceous borders, a lake surrounded by many species of trees; croquet lawns and a wildflower meadow, there’s a wide variety of learning for you here.

Pesticide-free for over 2 years, we use sustainable, organic methods of gardening. We plant and work in ways that provides a space where nature and wildlife can thrive, whilst ensuring the gardens continue to be a place people will enjoy for years to come as our climate changes.

In addition to a passion for gardening, love of natural ways of doing things, and the buzz of doing physical work outdoors in all weathers, you’ll enjoy regularly pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be part a small team with lots to do every day, balancing learning through college-based activities with practical, hand-on tasks in the park.

People skills are important too.  Whether spending time with park users, volunteers, contractors or work colleagues, you will feel confident about working well with others on a daily basis.  You’ll also be ready to take responsibility for yourself and your learning, use your initiative to make decisions as well as plan and organise what you do so that it is always done to a high standard.  A strong work ethic, common sense and the ability to work with technology will also help you stand out.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as we may close this advert before the stated closing date if enough applications are received.

Additional information

This apprenticeship is an 18 month fixed term contract, and ideally you will be available to start your apprenticeship in late August or early September.

Apply yourself, making the most of every learning opportunity available, and you could follow in the footsteps of our previous apprentice. Ollie is now taking his next steps in his gardening career with the prestigious RHS. Find out more about Ollie's experience.

You need to be prepared for early starts, as work kicks off in the park at 07:00 every day.

This is a physical role so you must be reasonably fit to cope with the demands of the work, which include lifting and carrying and working outdoors in all weather conditions.  

Please consider the distance to travel for work in Worth Park, Crawley and the cost of this in relation to the apprenticeship wage. Your formal learning will take place at a college distant from Crawley up to one day per week. You must, therefore, be willing to travel there using public or your own transport.

This is an entry level apprenticeship, equivalent to 5 GCSEs A*-C or 9-4. If you already have 50% or more work experience or prior learning of the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the Horticulture Operative Apprenticeship Standard, we will be unable to shortlist you for this opportunity.

You must have the right to live and work in England. As this is a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years. You are not currently enrolled on another apprenticeship or further / higher education programme and do not already hold a qualification at level 2 or above in horticulture or a closely related subject.

Employee benefits

We offer a generous employee benefits package, with a range of discounts, benefits and wellbeing incentives to suit everyone.

Our way of working

Our shared values and behaviours reflect the special nature of our council. We encourage all colleagues to put them into practice, whatever job they do. Take a look to see if we are the perfect match.

Safer recruitment

Crawley Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

How to apply

Click the Apply button to complete your application online. Please ensure that the reference details you supply are for your current or most recent employer and that any gaps in employment are covered on your application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a fully completed application form.

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please email Steve Peters, Head Gardener Worth Park.

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