Our client is looking for an experienced Head Gardener for a beautiful 4 hectare Mediterranean Estate in the South of France, close to Pampelonne beach. You will be working alongside an Assistant Gardener. Ideally you should have experience with Mediterranean gardens and climate conditions specific to this area (strong winds, coastal area). The residence is normally occupied for around 5 months every year.
English/French language is preferable, although they would consider someone who speaks only English or only French.
The client will also consider a Domestic Couple in the position which would involve possibly cooking and housekeeping tasks.
The role is 40 hours, plus paid overtime when required.
Lovely accommodation is provided: a separate cottage of 1 bedroom & bathroom, kitchen, drawing room, and terrace within the property grounds. All bills included but you will need to pay for your own food.
A driver is desirable but not essential.
Requirements of the job.
Soil preparation and planting
Sow and protect the plants
Replace plants at the end of the cycle
Maintain lawns and lawn mowing, treatments, roller passage
Maintain trees and shrubs (prune them for example)
Evacuate and recycle green waste such as cut grass or dead leaves in particular
Maintain the tools and machines used for his work such as motor mowers, tractors, leaf vacuum cleaners
Maintain the irrigation system and fix it when necessary
Suggest landscaping modifications and new plants
In addition to this, there is also an element of dog keeping on site (feeding, applying medication, walking, visits to the veterinary, etc).
If the candidate holds a driving licence, driving may be requested time to time (shopping/airport trips).
Good references and reasonable longevity in previous jobs are essential.
Salary in the region of £30,000-£35,000 PA - Self-Employed.