Estate Gardener Position Available
An experienced, horticulturally trained gardener is required for a large estate garden in downtown Toronto. The property has historic landscaped grounds and woods. Reporting to the principle, the candidate will work closely with one other Gardener in managing multiple perennial beds, a large lawn, a ravine/woodland garden. Knowledge of vegetable gardening is also required.
The candidate must have horticulture-based education and 10 years of working experience in similar positions. They will have a thorough knowledge of pruning, planting, disease and pest management, soils and irrigation requirements of both perennials and trees. Additionally, experience with significant spring bulb planting is important. Service experience on an estate or club grounds will be considered an asset.
The gardening team has the responsibility for the maintenance of all hard surfaces. terraces and outdoor furnishings on the property. They are also responsible for the care and maintenance of a pool. Working knowledge of irrigation systems and their control systems and the ability to perform simple repairs and troubleshoot problems is required.
We are looking for an industrious individual who can work independently while also working collaboratively with a variety of consultants and service professionals. This will include, among others, arborists, turf specialists and horticulturists. The ability to work with a team and effectively manage part-time or occasional staff is essential. Most importantly, a strong work ethic and an understanding that the garden season is short and intense are essential.
The candidate must also be physically fit with the ability to lift and carry at least 50 lbs., have a valid Ontario driver permit, and be legally able to work in Canada.
This is a full time, salaried position. Workdays are Tuesday – Saturday during the season, and hours are gardener’s hours. The position comes with an excellent salary and benefits for the right candidate.
Please apply with cover letter, resume, and references. Only selected candidates will be contacted.