Nursery grower – Retail horticulture

Posted: 11 Jan 2021
Location: Sherington, MK16
Company: Alban Hill Nurseries

Job summary:
Focusing on plant production, to work on all areas of the nursery including plant care and maintenance, order picking and plant selecting, plant sale and display, to enable Company objectives to be met.
Be able to work independently and as part of a team, communicating effectively to ensure efficient completion of the work.

Job responsibilities:
Nursery department : Work efficiently as part of the nursery team, to ensure all stock is grown, nurtured and displayed to the highest possible standards. Duties include, but not limited to:

  • Plant production, husbandry and maintenance
  • Potting
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Trimming
  • Crop monitoring
  • Record keeping (computer and written)
  • Application of crop protection products (qualified persons only)
  • Site maintenance
  • Irrigation systems
  • Beds
  • Planted areas of the site
  • Loading and unloading of lorries
  • Sales .
  • Display and presentation of plants
  • Report shortages of product lines on the nursery

Customer service Sales and Customer Orders : Till operation.

During busy periods it may be necessary to complete work in other departments such as order picking, this would include : Customer Service -Updating computer records -Communication with the sales team- Out of hours responsibilities :

As part of the nursery team be available to work over weekends and bank holidays, on a rota basis to ensure continuity of plant care, particularly irrigation.

Company Procedures : Follow Health and Safety procedures. Carry out tasks efficiently and effectively, and in accordance with the Company Policies and Procedures. Ensure that all relevant information is documented and dealt with appropriately. Assist with any other tasks that can reasonably be considered to be appropriate to this position and within your capabilities.

Principle Qualities : Safety conscious -To work independently, or as part of a team -With a positive “can do” attitude -Hardy -Be reliable, enthusiastic and self motivated -A willingness to learn.

Development : Contribute to the development of your role within the Company. Display a positive attitude to professional development, both external and self-directed to maintain and develop knowledge of plants, pest and disease, cultural practices. Feed back to your manager any ideas that you feel may improve working practice.

Customer Service: Ensure customer service standards are met and maintained : -Work with the team to maintain an excellent customer service culture. -Promote the Company positively at all times. -Be courteous and helpful to our customers; ensure a positive attitude at all times. -Have sufficient knowledge of the nursery to enable you to direct and assist customers.

Physical Working Conditions and Environment: They will be expected to work in all weathers, such as cold, heat and rain. The role requires the applicants to be physically fit as some heavy lifting may be necessary.

Skills, Knowledge and Competencies: The post holder will be expected to meet the requirements of the post and the person specification.

Health and Safety: The post holder has a duty of care to themselves and to others with whom they come into contact in the course of their work. All accidents must be reported to the post holder’s line manager immediately they have occurred, however minor the accident may appear on the surface.

Equality and Diversity: We are committed to providing an environment where all staff, enjoy equality of opportunity.

Confidentiality: The Company takes the protection of data very seriously, as required by the law. If any employee is found to have permitted unauthorised disclosure, the Company and/or the individual may be prosecuted. Confidentiality applies to all meetings not only about the individual, also about meetings held with managers.

Conduct, behaviours, attitudes, aptitudes and competencies: Staff must also display the appropriate conduct, behaviours, attitudes, aptitudes and competencies for their particular role. The Company will ensure that all employees reflect the standards of behaviour that the Company expects at all times.

Appraisals and performance reviews: All staff will participate in regular appraisals / performance reviews where their work performance, objectives and personal development plans will be reviewed.

Induction: Staff will have an induction into their roles and in the Company. Probationary periods : New staff will participate in a probationary period. Review: This job description is an outline, which reflects the present requirements of the post and is not intended to be an inflexible or finite list of duties and responsibilities. As these duties and responsibilities change and develop the job description will be amended from time to time in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification; In addition to any personal attributes already mentioned. Essential - GCSEs including Maths and English, or equivalent. Holder of a UK driving licence. Technical knowledge of growing principles . Horticultural background. Computer literate – familiar with Excel and Microsoft Office. Able to use initiative in problem solving issues.

Desirable - A recognised qualification in horticulture, or an equivalent relevant discipline, NPTC PA1, PA6a, PA2 would be desirable. Commercial horticultural experience. Experience of commercial horticultural software. This role could be suitable for a trainee with the willingness to learn and the desire to grow with the business.

The salary of between £18,000 - £24,000 per annum will depend on skills, qualifications and previous experience.

Contact: Steve Illsley