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Temporary Gardener

Garden Organic

Posted: 3 Mar 2023

Deadline: 27 Mar 2023

Compensation: £19,000 - £23,000 pro rata



Job description

Post: Temporary Gardener

Location: Garden Organic, Ryton, Coventry

Reporting to: Head Gardener

Contract Term:Temporary

Hours: Variable                

Salary: £19,000 - £23,000 pro rata

Role subject to DBS Check: No

The charity:

Our organisation promotes the know-how and benefits of organic gardening to individual and community gardeners. Showing people how they can encourage ecosystems to flourish in their own growing space has never been more important to stem the decline of plant and insect species and aid nature’s recovery. Our work is set in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and we want to ensure Garden Organic is having demonstrable and measurable positive impact, in particular on SDG 15 – Life on Land. 

Why it’s a great time to be joining Garden Organic:

Our charity was founded over 60 years ago, when organic growing was an ‘alternative’ way of life. Today, there is huge interest in how gardeners, consumers and businesses can follow sustainable practices, to do their bit to protect the environment and the biodiversity on their doorstep. With our unrivalled expertise, gained through decades of hands-on organic growing, we are in the best possible position to support people to follow the organic way.

Overall purpose of the role:

We are looking for someone to join us on a temporary basis to help maintain and develop the garden in line with Garden Organic’s principles of organic gardening and Soil Association certification requirements.  The successful candidate will have a horticultural background and be able to engage with our members and individuals through our tours and workshops.

What we are looking for:

Horticultural experience, practical training, good plant knowledge and people skills.  Most importantly we are looking for someone who will be able to fit into the team and work alongside our volunteers in keeping with our current high standards

Our ambition:

We are currently preparing for Gardeners World Live, a full season of produce growing, tours and workshops whilst maintaining the demonstration garden.  This role be key to enabling us to achieve these goals this year.

Responsibilities & Main Duties:

All horticultural tasks to include but not limited to pruning, soil cultivation, composting, weed and pest control, crop rotation, plant propagation, watering and feeding, monitoring the health of all plants and green spaces.

It is the nature of the work of Garden Organic that tasks and responsibilities are, in some circumstances, unpredictable and varied. All employees are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises where tasks are not specifically covered in the Job Description and have to be undertaken. 

Occasional evening, weekend and bank holiday working will be required.  

A valid UK driving license would be useful, but not essential. 

Application information

For the full job description and person specification, please email us at

All applicants must complete a Garden Organic Application Form which can be downloaded via Please complete and return to us along with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in working for us and why you feel you would be a good fit for the role.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Garden Organic reserve the right to close the advert early depending on response levels.

As part of our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion all applications will be anonymised before being submitted to the recruitment panel. You are welcome to submit an anonymised CV in application for the role however please ensure you provide a contact telephone number or e-mail address.

Application Deadline: 27th March 2023

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About Garden Organic

Garden Organic, the working name of the Henry Doubleday Research Association, is a registered charity in England and Wales