Brigit’s Garden is an innovative not-for-profit on an 11 acre site in Roscahill, Co. Galway, consisting of four unique Celtic-themed Gardens, a variety of natural habitats and a Visitor Centre. The Gardens include a herb garden, annual and perennial wildflower areas, fruit trees and herbaceous plantings. There is also a polytunnel and vegetable beds. The Gardens are managed chemically free and to promote biodiversity.
Brigit’s Garden welcomes over 25,000 visitors a year, including people from all over the world as well as school and community groups. We also host a lively programme of special events and are a venue for weddings and family events. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with horticultural training and experience to join the team on a part-time basis.
The job will include:
- Maintaining the Celtic Gardens to a high standard for visitors – looking after existing plantings, re-planting and adding new areas as required.
- Responsible for the general upkeep of the wider 11 acres of the gardens.
- Managing the polytunnel – sowing, potting and planting flowers, herbs and vegetables for the tunnel and Gardens, providing flowers for the Café tables and herbs etc for the Café.
- Growing herbs and flowers for sale to the public. We have limited plant sales but home-grown plants are popular and generate income.
- Liaising with Community Employment personnel. The CE person/people does most of the mowing, strimming and outdoor maintenance, but assistance may be required at times.
- Working with the CE staff and others to maintain the natural habitats on site.
- Supervising volunteers and students. Volunteers from the community help in the Gardens on Thursday mornings, and we also host visiting horticulture and landscaping students on work experience.
- Working closely with the Operations Director to draw up and implement maintenance and development schedules.
We are looking for a special person with the following experience and qualities:
- An understanding of the ethos and approach of Brigit’s Garden
- A suitable horticulture qualification and/ or at least 3 years practical experience, preferably in an organic setting
- The ability to work on your own as well as having good relationships with other members of the staff team
- Excellent people skills and communication skills and the ability to supervise volunteers and students
- The ability to draw up plans and schedules and keep records, with the computer skills to enable this including competency in Microsoft Office applications
- High standards and attention to detail
Details of the position
The Gardener will report to the Operations Director. The job will start at 12 hours per week, rising to 16 hours a week for the months of April – August. Ideally, the person would work 3-4 half days per week.
Please send a CV with covering letter outlining experience relevant to the role to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 8th February 2019, 10am. A shortlist of candidates will then be drawn up and interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place the last week of February.