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Head Gardener Dorchester Borough Gardens

Dorchester Town Council

Dorchester Town Council is looking for a trained and experienced Head Gardener. You should be a self-motivated person who will deliver a quality grounds maintenance service for visitors to the Gardens to enjoy.

The beautiful, historic Gardens are centrally located in Dorchester and are heavily used offering a relaxing escape from the busy town. The Gardens also host many vibrant events throughout the year and the program continues to expand.

This is a working post, duties include the supervision and direction of on–site staff and carrying out the full range of maintenance tasks such as: grass cutting, shrub bed maintenance, nursey operation, weeding and litter collection, hard and soft landscaping.

Other duties will include ground based tree maintenance with specific responsibility for the design, cultivation and planting of seasonal bedding displays. You should be an enthusiastic and committed leader of the team who will help increase their skills further.

If you want to work in a valued, high profile location, with the opportunity to improve and develop the Gardens, yourself and the team further, then this is the vacancy for you.

Application forms and Job description can be found on our web site at HERE. Alternatively request forms from Dorchester Town Council on 01305 266861, or by email to admin@dorchester-tc.gov.uk.

Main Accountabilities

1. To assist Outdoor Services Manager (OSM) in the overall management of the Borough

2. As a working head gardener you will be responsible for and carry out, a wide range of
horticultural tasks either singly or with the team. A flexible working approach is essential to
this post, the whole range of hard/soft landscaping operations undertaken by the
maintenance team will be carried out by the post holder (Training will be provided where
necessary) these works could include but are not restricted to:- Grass Cutting, Shrub
maintenance, ground based tree maintenance, litter clearance, landscaping operations,
nursery work including both annual and shrub production, designing and implementing
annual bedding displays and shrub replanting schemes, assisting in the general decoration
/minor repair of buildings, seats, fences, painting , cleaning etc.

3. The use of good horticultural, nursery production and arboricultural practices to ensure the
quality of maintenance in the gardens is of a very high standard. The expectation is that
standards will never fall below those expected to achieve a “Green Flag award” and usually
exceed them.

4. The day to day issuing of tasks to the onsite team, checking of their work and dealing with
any problems that arise. To apply and develop programmes of work for the maintenance of
the Borough Gardens, to prioritise them and to allocate the work to available staff, to
monitor their performance and ensure that productive output is achieved whilst undertaking
work in a safe and professional manner. To promptly request form the OSM any additional
help or specialist skills help required to meet peak demand in the gardens.

5. Work with existing onsite staff to ensure nursery production is efficient and timely to ensure
plants of a good quality for use in the gardens.

6. Take part in watering/nursery rota and ensure others on the rota understand the duties
required of them at weekends and that any holiday cover is organised. Some occasional
evening and weekend work will be required when significant events are held in the gardens.

7. Ensuring a safe working environment for staff and visitors. This will include daily safety
checks of facilities and landscape features and the monitoring of equipment and tools. You
will be responsible for ensuring any repairs or re-instatements identified (within the skills set
of the team) are carried out promptly or where necessary requesting for any necessary
specialist repair/maintenance to be carried out. Informing the O S Manager when existing
equipment is about to become obsolete or identifying additional equipment which would
facilitate the continuing high maintenance standard of the Gardens.

8. To assist in identifying any externally provided training needs of staff and to ensure that
these requirements are made known to the O.S. Manager.

9. Work with volunteers and placements who help within the gardens, ensuring safe working
practices, their own personal safety and the safety of others.

10. To ensure that staff employed in the Gardens are aware of the byelaws covering activities
within them and to ensure that staff are polite, civil and courteous in their dealings with the

11. To co-ordinate the work of the evening and weekend Park keepers whose role is primarily
one of security, litter clearance, gate locking, tidying and minor horticultural works as

12. To implement the requirements of the site Management Plan for the Gardens and when
requested by the OSM, assist in the review of the plan. Contribute to the development of
annual improvement projects for inclusion within the action plan.

13. Occasionally to give talks to organisations and groups on the maintenance of the Borough
Gardens and assist in the ongoing working relationship with the Friends of the Borough
Gardens and others, including encouraging, promoting and supporting their activities.

14. To make arrangements to facilitate and support the organisers of various entertainment
events held in the Gardens throughout the year and hirers of the Borough Gardens House

15. Under the instruction of the OSM, liaise with and oversee the work of outside contractors
undertaking work within the gardens.

16. This list is not exclusive and the post holder will be required to undertake other reasonably related duties as required by the Town Council. These duties may be altered from time to time in accordance with the changing demands of the service. Whilst predominantly
Borough Gardens based the post holder will be required to work at other locations within
the Dorchester Town Council boundary as necessary.

£21,166 Per Annum
37 hr week permanent position
Dorchester Town Council
Closing Date:
23rd April 2019


carl dallison
19 North square
T: 01305 266861
E: c.dallison@dorchester-tc.gov.uk
W: http://www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk

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