Head Gardener

The Sharpham Trust

Totnes, Devon
£21,450 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.sharphamtrust.org admin@sharphamtrust.org 01803732055 Amy Ruewell

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 26th February 2018  

Head Gardener

Contract: 37.5 hours per week, permanent

About the role

We are looking for a well-organised and flexible person to join our team. We are a registered charity caring for the historic Grade 1 listed Sharpham House and Estate on the banks of the River Dart near to Totnes. At the heart of the Sharpham Trust ethos is our desire to build a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally sustainable world. We connect people with nature and foster mindfulness and well-being through our programme of retreats, mindfulness courses, public events, outdoor learning and the arts.

This role is vital to the effective and smooth running of the organisation. You will be responsible for the planning and management of the ornamental and the production gardens at the main Sharpham House and The Barn Retreat Centre ensuring that the gardens are well-managed and supply produce to our kitchens. You will oversee an apprentice and develop our garden volunteering programme, we currently have around half a dozen regular volunteers who come one day a week. The Trust is looking to develop the food growing on the estate in ways that integrate with our programme of retreats, courses, public events, training and volunteering. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with this development in coming years.

This is a varied role, within a small team, in an organisation which has seen significant growth in the last three years and is looking to be more outward facing in the pursuit of its charitable objectives. There can be no better environment to work in than the one offered at Sharpham.

About you

This is a role for someone who is well organised with excellent communication skills and the ability to work on his or her own initiative, as part of a small team. You will need previous experience of growing fruit and vegetables in a relevant production setting and the ability to oversee and train staff and volunteers. You will have an interest in sustainable food growing and able to manage multiple priorities and always achieve high standards. Flexibility and a sense of humour will be vital. You must be prepared to get hands on and have excellent people skills.

An interest in the Trust’s charitable work and mindfulness would also be an advantage. Staff are able to access the Trust’s programme of mindfulness courses and retreats.

For this role you will need a driving licence.


To apply, please complete our application form online at www.sharphamtrust.org/about-us/vacancies and return to admin@sharphamtrust.org

Closing Date: midday Monday 26th February
Interviews: Wednesday 7th March

Further Information

Please see our website for further information including a slide show.

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