13 Nov, 2022

Group Head Gardener

  • Killarney Hotels Collection
  • Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Full time, Permanent Administration Design Edible Horticulture Forestry Craft Gardening Irrigation Landscaping Maintenance Management Plantscaping

Job Description

Killarney Hotels Collection consists of The Europe Hotel & Resort, The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, and Ard na Sidhe Country House under the ownership of the Liebherr Group. We are widely known for our award-winning service, hospitality luxury, and culinary excellence and we pride ourselves on providing the very best there is to offer our guests. We are proud of our team and believe that we can offer the very best training and development to all our employees at Killarney Hotels Collection. 

Our three Hotels have three unique garden landscapes over a total of approximately 300 acres, containing a walled garden, an arboretum, a fern glade, rockery beds, formal planting, woodland, manicured lawns, and herb gardens. Our Gardens team also maintains indoor plants in all properties and a green wall at The Europe Hotel & Resort. We are continuously redeveloping areas within our gardens.

The successful candidate will be managing a team of up to 6 craft gardeners and general operatives and reporting directly to the Managing Director.


  • To manage the day-to-day, year-round maintenance of the gardens and surrounding areas

  • To manage the continuing development of the gardens working closely with the Managing Director

  • To maintain records for garden, machinery, and health and safety policies 

  • To practice sustainable gardening methods

  • A commitment to wildlife-friendly and sustainable garden practices is essential

  • Overseeing the maintenance of indoor plants at all properties and a Green Wall

  • Ensuring the maintenance of tidy workshops, tool stores, and gardener’s canteens

  • Scheduling work tasks for Gardening teams based at each property


  • A recognised horticultural qualification and a minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role

  • Previous people management experience is essential for this role – the successful candidate will be responsible for managing a team of up to 6 employees 

  • Trustworthy - the successful candidate will be given responsibility over access keys to restricted areas and equipment 

  • Ability to cultivate meaningful connections with the current team and suppliers/contractors working with Killarney Hotels Collection. Also, the ability to develop new connections with contractors and suppliers 

  • Proven track record of working with and overseeing contractors on different projects on the hotel properties 

  • An accredited chainsaw training course would be ideal, candidates without certificates will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate knowledge, risk assessments, etc.

  • A basic spraying course is required, candidates will have good knowledge of working with chemicals/fertilizers for lawns and plants and be aware of the risk procedures 

  • A general knowledge of soil types due to different areas that require different maintenance and fertiliser rates etc.

  • The ideal candidate will be certified and comfortable in operating and maintaining compact tractors, ride-on lawnmowers, and Gators 

  • A valid Class B driving license is essential 

  • Excellent tree and plant knowledge, and gardening skills are essential 

  • Experienced with indoor plants is essential 

  • Experience in purchasing, ordering, and maintaining stock levels - chemicals, equipment, machinery, etc

  • You must be physically fit, hard-working, and have the desire to achieve high standards at all times

  • Good communication skills are required for interacting with both colleagues and hotel guests, attention to detail, a keen eye for design, and a flexible approach to non-gardening duties on occasion

  • Experienced in Microsoft Office – Outlook, Word, Excel, etc 

  • Good proficiency in the English language, both verbal and written, is essential for this role

Job Benefits

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Pension Scheme

  • Health Insurance

  • Paid Sick Leave

  • Employee Discounts

  • Career Development

  • Training

  • Tax Saving Schemes

  • Employee Social Events

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Uniform and PPE provided


Current Projects

Previous Work

Tickets Required/Preferred *(many employers provide these as ongoing training)

Chainsaw Operations, Handling and Distribution of Pesticides, Safepass, **Training offered for required tickets to the right candidate**

Apply Now