Gardener

The responsibility of a gardener is to maintain the beauty of plants, outdoor grounds, and trees in a garden. They perform a range of general maintenance tasks including designing, producing, renewing and preserving outside spaces. Gardeners can work on local parks, hotels, farms, and nurseries.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Maintain and grow the garden to ensure it meets specific requirements and expectations.
  • Perform basic maintenance such as cutting the grass, emptying bins, managing weed control and leaf raking.
  • Plant and nurture new trees, flowers, and various plants.
  • Work with hand tools and basic light machinery such as plant vehicles, and small diggers.
  • Service all garden equipment and machinery.
  • Maintain a clean garden by clearing rubbish and litter from the garden and grounds.
  • Provide guidance to management on matters related to the garden.
  • Advise management on the costs of plants and garden necessities with detailed written quotations and reports.
  • Ensure a safe environment for staff and clients by adhering to safety and health regulations.
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Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 2 years of proven experience in a similar role.
  • Ability to handle a range of horticultural machinery and powered hand tools.
  • In-depth knowledge of plants and gardening techniques.
  • Friendly personality with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Solid understanding of health and safety rules and legislation.

Skills

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an gardener include:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience as a Gardener
  • Familiarity with landscaping design
  • Extensive knowledge of regional plant life
  • Knowledge of local pests and how to eliminate them
  • Knowledge of synthetic and natural fertilizers
  • Knowledge of state health and safety regulations for landscaping
  • The ability to lift heavy objects
  • The ability to remain on your feet for long periods of time
  • A love of the outdoors and plant life