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Lead Horticulturist

Garden Organic
Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry CV8 3LG

Posted: 7 Jun 2021

Deadline: 18 Jul 2021

Compensation: £22,000 pro rata

Paid Full-time Part-time

Job description

POST: Lead Horticulturist

LOCATION: Heritage Seed Library

REPORTS TO: Head of the Heritage Seed Library

HOURS: 35 hours a week

SALARY: £22,000 pro rata

Overall purpose: To oversee horticultural operations at HSL and the production of heritage vegetable seed to Soil Association standards.

We are a disability confident employer that proudly holds a Thrive at work wellbeing award. As part of our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, all applications will be anonymised before being submitted to the shortlisting panel. You may, if you wish, submit an anonymised CV; however, please ensure your application meets the criteria listed and that we have an email address or phone number to contact you about your application.

Specific Duties

  1. To oversee all horticultural operations for HSL seed production, including planning, sowing to harvesting of seed, and grounds maintenance.
  2. Oversee conducting assessment trials and characterisation of varieties.
  3. Lead on development and delivery of the integrated pest management plan (IPM).
  4. Lead on development and delivery of the site’s soil management system, including waste management and rotation.
  5. Maintain and develop HSL grow-out records
  6. Oversee the maintenance of the HSL area to a high standard and to Soil Association organic certification requirements.
  7. Maintain and present records for Soil Association inspection.
  8. Supervise horticulture staff.
  9. Supervise volunteers, work experience and students.
  10. Participate in development and delivery of training, workshops, webinars and similar events for the Horticulture Directorate.
  11. Liaise with the gardens team Head Gardener on joint operational planning and activities.
  12. Assist in the development of the HSL database.
  13. Assist in seed cleaning and packeting of seed as required.
  14. Assist in processing of seed orders as required.
  15. May be required to work occasional weekends on HSL displays/stalls or as part of weekend duty.
  16. May be required to deputise for the Head of the Heritage Seed Library on occasion.

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

Application information

For the full job description and person specification please email

Please submit your application via CV and supporting statement detailing how your skills and experience meet the person specification to

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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