Gardener – Start February 2020

Post Reference: GDN26

Hours: 39 hours per week worked over Monday – Friday, with weekend glasshouse/nursery duties to be worked on a rota basis.

Salary: National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage according to age

Job Purpose: Together with a team of skilled gardeners, assist in the maintenance of the historically listed gardens and grounds which are used both for student instruction and as a visitor attraction.

Vision: Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park are a well-established tourist attraction in Dorset attracting over 30,000 visitors a year.  The Gardens are grade II* listed and contain a huge variety of plants and trees with a lake, canals, broad sweeping lawns and formal gardens.  The gardens are tended by just 5 full time gardeners with help from students on various types of Horticulture courses.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed person to be part of our small gardens team. It is essential that you have experience in the safe use of horticultural machinery, grounds experience and a tractor driving qualification or the willingness to work towards.

Status: Permanent

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Nigel Hewish on 01305 215107 during normal working hours.

KMS 600 Appendix F – College Application Form

GDN26 – Gardener – Job Description 

The Closing Date for Applications:                           Monday 9 December 2019 at 9:00am    

Proposed Interview Date:                                            Tuesday 17 December 2019

To Apply:

Please return the completed Application Form by email to or by post to: HR Department, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY.

Applicants for this position must complete a college employment application form. CVs will not be accepted.

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You will be asked to provide evidence of all the qualifications listed on your application form at interview.

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Kingston Maurward College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The College welcomes applications from people with a disability and will offer interviews to all those who are able to reasonably fulfil the criteria outlined in this Job Description. If applicants with a disability shortlisted for interview require any assistance in attending please contact the College’s Human Resources Manager in order that alternative arrangements are made.

Kingston Maurward College reserves the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Following receipt of completed application forms, if you have not heard from the College within 2 weeks of the closing date regrettably you will not have been short listed on this occasion. All short listed applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date or no later than 3 days prior to the interview date (where an interview date is specified).

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