27 Dec, 2022

Head Gardener

  • HortiRecruit
  • Tipperary, Ireland
Full time Edible Horticulture Floristry Gardener Craft Gardening Grower Edible Horticulturist Landscaping Machinery Operator Maintenance Management Plantscaping

Job Description

You are a passionate hands-on Head Gardener with experience in year-round garden maintenance, organic vegetable and fruit production, excellent management and prioritising skills as well as good communication with a positive can-do approach.

Do you have a good eye for detail with experience working as part of a team? 

Interested in working with a beautiful established garden in Tipperary?

Read on....

As an exclusive wedding venue, our client is looking for a passionate hands-on working Head Gardener. With excellent communication and managerial skills who will fit in with the existing team. The Head Gardener will be instrumental in liaising with the owners and carrying projects through to a very high standard. The beautiful established grounds have extensive lawns, herbaceous borders, woodland and a vegetable garden with polytunnels.

 This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to advance in their career. As Head Gardener who will manage and be part of the further development of the gardens.

  • You have QQI Level 6 Horticultural qualification or equivalent with a minimum of 3 -  5 + years of practical horticultural experience.

  • You are a creative and passionate leader.

  • You have excellent communication skills.

  • You have exceptional attention to detail.

  • You have excellent plant and tree knowledge.

  • You are experienced in the operation of machinery and garden equipment.

  • You have good knowledge of working with chemicals/fertilisers for paths and plants as well as good organic practices.

  • You are experienced in organic vegetable and pleached apple and pear production.

  • You are experienced in cut flower production.

  • You have the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

  • You have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • You are passionate with a great work ethic.


To manage and motivate the existing staff.

To manage the day-to-day year-round maintenance of the garden. 

To liaise regularly with the Head Chef with regard to the production and supply of vegetables, fruit and herbs for the restaurant.

To grow and supply cut flowers to the in-house florist

To liaise with the current maintenance team.

To manage the continuing development of the garden by working closely with the owners.

To maintain records for the garden, machinery and health & safety. 

To ensure correct PPE use and safe operating procedures are followed.

To carry out regular machinery maintenance.

To manage the garden budget.

To practise sustainable and organic gardening methods. 

To manage woodland.

Light Weekend cover on a rota basis.

Essential Requirements 

  • Chainsaw license (advantage)

  • Relevant pesticide qualification PA6A essential

  • Full Clean Driver's Licence.

  • Good communication skills are required for interacting with both the owners, staff and guests, with a keen eye for detail, and a flexible can-do approach to non-gardening duties on occasion as part of the greater team.


Interested? Apply now!

Shortlisting is taking place on a rolling basis, so early applications are recommended.

If you require any special assistance to make an application to HortiRecruit, please email us and a member of our Recruitment Team will be happy to support you.

Diversity Statement: We value and celebrate diversity and we encourage applications from every candidate qualified for this role, inclusive of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, identity, age, religion, and/or disability.

Job Benefits

What's in it for you?

  • Friendly and supportive working environment

  • Accommodation for principal and partner.

  • Possible work for partner

  • Use of a vehicle.

  • Continuous training and development

  • Salary €36,000 depending on experience


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