Groundsperson


The Role will be part of Gardens Department and report to the Head Gardener.


The Role

The gardens at Floors Castle comprise a 4 acre walled garden, including herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, fruit trees, glass houses and lawned children’s play area. The grounds have extensive lawns to the front and rear of the Castle and along the main driveway entrances.

We are looking to recruit a full-time Groundsperson. The successful candidate should have extensive experience in all areas of lawn management from the creation of new lawns through to renovation and annual maintenance. The candidate must possess experience in driving tractors with trailers and have relevant machinery maintenance qualifications or experience. Horticultural qualifications or knowledge and spraying certification would be beneficial. The successful candidate will join a team of three gardeners and work under the direction of our Head Gardener.

About us

The estate has been part of the Scottish Borders since 1358. Everything we do, is to ensure that we continue into the next millennium. Through our longevity we have developed deep connections with the land and its people and we are guided by the principle that our operations benefit the health of the environment and the prosperity of local communities. We are not just enduring; we will constantly innovate and grow to maximise the potential of the region and land under our care so we will be a source of inspiration and a model estate for the 21st Century. 

Passionate People

It takes a certain sort of person to flourish in such a fast-paced, multi-dimensional environment like Floors Castle.  We look for talented, self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals who will be able to share our passion for providing a warm welcome and amazing experiences. 

Our Values

Custodians, Community, Authenticity, Drive & Warmth

To understand, improve and develop our natural, heritage and built environments, allowing them to flourish as sustainable businesses capable of making significant contributions to a vibrant Borders community, now and for generations to come.

Key responsibilities

  • To maintain all areas of lawn and gravel within the grounds of the Castle and Walled Gardens to a high standard, repairing damage to lawns and edges as necessary.
  • To prepare and implement annual lawn management and renovation programmes.
  • To maintain areas of long grass within the grounds, strimming as and where necessary.
  • To maintain the pathways throughout the grounds.
  • To manage and maintain machinery and equipment, arranging repair as necessary keeping an accurate log and ensuring machinery is kept clean & tidy generally in good condition.
  • To keep lawns and pathways clear of leaves using leaf blowers, clearing twigs and branches, collection and disposal of as necessary.
  • To regularly spray weeds on hard standing areas, gravel and for lawn care, ensuring health & safety guidelines for working with pesticides are strictly followed, (training provided if spraying certificates not held)
  • To check and empty ash bins, rubbish bins and carry out litter picking both within and outside the garden walls where necessary
  • To manage own time with regards to work and events schedules, especially when an outdoor public event is arranged.
  • To assist in the Walled Gardens when unable to carry out grounds duties due to inclement weather during winter months.
  • During winter months ensure roads within the Estate are clear of snow and/or frost by salt spreading, responsible for arranging salt deliveries as and when necessary
  • To manage own budget set in conjunction with the Head Gardener.
  • To keep the workplace tidy and orderly to ensure a safe working environment and a tidy space to maintain machinery
  • To be adaptable and able to work both on your own and within a team.

Qualities you will posses

  • Passion for what you do
  • Attention to detail and extremely motivated
  • Positive and friendly with a “can do attitude”
  • Ability to prioritise and organise
    Proactive
  • Confident to make decisions and to stand by them
  • Excellent communicator
  • A sense of fun!
  • Take responsibility for yourself

What do you need to be successful? 

  • Relevant qualification or minimum of 3 years’ experience 
  • Working knowledge of ride on and pedestrian mowers, tractors, towing trailers, strimmers and leaf blowers
  • Able to demonstrate affinity with machinery, repairing and maintenance.
  • A positive mindset with a passion for your work, plants, grass and trees
  • Able to demonstrate you are a team player, yet also happy to work on your own for long periods of time

Desirable

  • PA1/PA6 spraying certification
  • Chainsaw ticket

How to Apply

If this post interests you please apply in writing to:

Ms L Pearson
Roxburghe Estates Office
Kelso, Roxburghshire
TD5 7SF

E-mail: [email protected]

Closing date for entries is Sunday 6th March 2022.

Scotland’s Largest Inhabited Castle