Gardener, horticultural job at UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

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Areas and facilities
Grade 4: – £ 20,092 – £ 22,254 per year
CDI / Permanent – Full time
Contractual hours per week: 35
Closing Date: 05-Jan-2022, 7:59:00

Job title:

Gardener (horticulture)

Departmentt: Domains and facilities / Domain operations

Responsible for:

Garden manager (horticulture)

Management responsibility of the dotted line for:

Grounds maintenance assistant

Class:

Level 4
Type of Contract :

Permanent
Working methods:

Full time (35 hours)

Reward and Benefits

To support the implementation of the University’s human resources management strategy to attract, retain and reward the best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:

  • 27 days of annual leave, plus 4 days of use and 8 public holidays (pro rata for part-time) and the possibility of purchasing additional leave
  • Automatic enrollment in a pension plan
  • Corporate and local discounts
  • Discounted wellness resources and health benefits
  • Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle
  • Health and activity center
  • Reward and recognition programs
  • Personal and professional development
  • And much more, with more information available here.

The department and its role

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the infrastructure and building fabric of the various campuses, including:

  • maintain and regularly review a maintenance program that takes into account the short, medium and long term needs of all university buildings and grounds;
  • implement the works identified and financed under the various maintenance programs and operate a system to meet daily needs, including the provision of emergency service after hours;
  • provide professional and technical service to the University for the design, construction and purchase of new buildings and adaptation works to existing buildings;
  • identify and record the use of space and advise on ways to increase the use of space;
  • real estate and asset management;
  • the acquisition and disposal of assets linked to the built environment;
  • the purchase and management of utilities and utilities;
  • to provide postal, delivery and security services and advice to the University; and
  • the provision of a wide range of client-oriented services, including: contract management; management of property relations and facilities; housekeeping and cleaning, business resilience, event management; reception assistance service; university retail trade; business support; health and security; and management information.

The Gardener (Horticulture) will undertake all aspects of horticulture related to the development, maintenance and operation of the Botanical Garden, as a member of a professional team focused on the client and providing exemplary standards of horticulture and garden management.

Main responsibilities

  • Collaborate and supervise team members within the work team to ensure goals are met.
  • Provide guidance for the integration of new personnel into the horticultural team by explaining basic procedures and processes as indicated.
  • Demonstrate new techniques or processes to other team members, after participating in a training / skills development activity.
  • Provide a responsive and proactive assistance service to stakeholders.
  • Focus on verifying stakeholder requirements to ensure excellence with the experience of frontline stakeholders.
  • Respond to service users answering and recording standard queries, showing initiative to assess required work and prioritize completion; escalation if necessary.
  • Solve day-to-day routine problems and research basic information within the role.
  • Record data and information accurately and provide reports as needed to team members and more experienced staff.
  • Manage an inquiry service for stakeholders and visitors to the Botanical Garden, and process requests by finding solutions or escalating requests, if necessary.
  • Liaise with internal and external suppliers, contractors and professional specialists to convey information.
  • Apply professional and regulatory procedures and processes and operate systems.
  • Liaise and collaborate with staff in other areas of the organization to ensure consistent, fluid and efficient service.
  • Resolve queries and requests for information and advice, and forward more specialized and complex queries or issues to more experienced team members.

Role responsibilities

  • Work with team members to ensure a safe and secure environment within the Botanical Garden.
  • Assist team members in performing and completing risk assessments, method statements and safety records for the practice area, and perform work in accordance with these and other health related documentation and safety, to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all who may be affected or come into contact with the work.
  • Apply a range and combination of manual dexterity, physical exertion, and sensory skills as part of the role.
  • Apply systematic investigative and problem-solving skills, testing and experimental procedures to ensure the integrity of the external environment and infrastructure services.
  • Write, produce and distribute standard technical data and specifications as required.
  • Safely use a wide range of hazardous materials, such as flammable liquids, pesticides, herbicides, etc., as directed and in accordance with appropriate safety instructions.
  • Assist and replace the director of the garden with the groups of tourists from the botanical garden.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and well-being of the animals in the Garden.
  • All other reasonable tasks.

Specific role requirements

  • Job requirements may include evening and weekend work, depending on company requirements, and participation in on-call duty for emergencies outside of working hours, particularly with regard to the University’s winter maintenance program.
  • Drive University vehicles, transporting required equipment to various University sites.
  • Attend all trainings and developments, as needed.
  • Undertake the work of any trade, for which the operator has received the necessary training and instruction.
  • Accept a DBS check, regarding educational school visits.

Person specification – skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Criteria (E – Essential)

  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office.
  • At least five GCSEs of grade C or level four (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
  • NVQ Level 2 in horticulture (or equivalent) or work experience in a similar environment.
  • Full driving license.
  • PA1, PA6 Safe use and application of pesticides
  • Experience in supervising a team, including apprentices and interns.
  • Experience in delivering responsive, cyclical and planned terrain maintenance, infrastructure projects, new landscaping and winter maintenance.
  • Grounds maintenance health and safety compliance knowledge and best practices.
  • Ability to problem solve within a team and solve simple problems, providing customer-focused services to key performance goals and service standards.
  • Experience in time management to meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of garden machines and their uses.
  • General construction and landscaping skills and the ability to undertake, for example, carpentry, paving, stone wall construction, path laying, etc.

D – Desirable

  • Understanding of the development, operation and maintenance requirements of a complex green estate.
  • Combined Chainsaw Maintenance and Tree Felling (CS 30 and 31 Units) NPTC City and Guilds Certificate and Post Trimming (CS 48 006 Unit) NPTC City and Guilds Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Membership of the Professional Gardeners Guild
  • Extensive botanical and horticultural knowledge and skills adapted to the requirements of a high quality botanical garden.
  • Skills in landscape and garden design and the ability to apply them in creative and innovative ways.

Person specification – skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential

  1. Good oral and written communication skills.
  2. Proven computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office.
  3. At least five GCSEs of grade C or level four (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
  4. NVQ Level 2 in horticulture (or equivalent) or work experience in a similar environment.
  5. Full driving license.
  6. PA1, PA6 Safe use and application of pesticides Experience in supervising a team, including apprentices and trainees.
  7. Experience in delivering responsive, cyclical and planned terrain maintenance, infrastructure projects, new landscaping and winter maintenance.
  8. Knowledge of health and safety compliance and grounds maintenance best practices.
  9. Ability to problem solve within a team and solve simple problems, providing customer-focused services to key performance goals and service standards.
  10. Experience in time management to meet deadlines.
  11. Working knowledge of garden machines and their uses.
  12. General construction and landscaping skills and the ability to undertake, for example, carpentry, paving, stone wall construction, path laying, etc.

Desirable

  • Understanding of the development, operation and maintenance requirements of a complex green estate.
  • Combined Chainsaw Maintenance and Tree Felling (CS 30 and 31 Units) NPTC City and Guilds Certificate and Post Trimming (CS 48 006 Unit) NPTC City and Guilds Certificate, or equivalent.
  • Membership of the Professional Gardeners Guild In-depth botanical and horticultural knowledge and skills suited to the requirements of a high-quality botanical garden.
  • Skills in landscape and garden design and the ability to apply them in creative and innovative ways.

DBS requirement: Not applicable.

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