Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£19,426 per annum (pay award pending from 1 August 2018)
01 Aug 2018
22 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Selwyn College is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced gardener to gain experience of working in an historic Cambridge college. You’ll be part of the creation of new gardens to compliment the building of a new Library and Auditorium which will be completed in 2020, as well as further development of our varied gardens in Cripps Court, Old Court and our main gardens.

Contract Type: Fixed Term for 3 years, full-time
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: £19,426 per annum (pay award pending from 1 August 2018)
Location: Cambridge

The Role

Our new Gardener will work as part of a team who will be delivering some great new developments. These include the design, planting and development of the courts around the new Library and Auditorium due to be built in the next couple of years.

There are also fantastic opportunities of continued development of the existing gardens for all round year interest. You’ll help to deliver the maintenance and continued horticultural development of the garden, providing a sense of beauty and tranquillity for our Fellows, students, staff, guests and visitors.

We pride ourselves in our great teamwork, our passion for Selwyn and our forward thinking attitude, which has allowed us to grow as a College. As part of the gardens team, you will be a key part in the history of the development of the garden, which will be enjoyed by future generations of students.

About the Gardens

The gardens here at Selwyn are made up of a number of varied spaces, there is Old Court with its large formal lawn, diverse planting within the surrounding borders and the walls of the buildings shrouded in Parthenocissus. The lower garden comprises of a number of mixed borders some with many roses others more naturalistic such as near to the pond, which is rich in wildlife and birds. Other areas of the gardens are the Master’s Garden, Fellows’ Garden, Cripps Court, Ann’s Court and also the gardens around the nearby student hostels, all these areas having interest and potential for further development. The gardens offer tranquil and relaxing spaces which are enjoyed by our students, staff, Fellows, conference guests and visitors alike.

Our gardens team have wide ranging horticultural experience and a real desire to develop the gardens. Satisfying hard work, involvement, good humour and fun all go hand in hand to make Selwyn a fulfilling place to work.

Our Ideal Candidate

With proven experience of developing and maintaining gardens to a high standard, you will have a wide range of plant knowledge, and understand what makes plants succeed and what has to happen to achieve this. A recognised horticultural qualification is essential.

To be successful in this role, you will have a passion for horticulture, and strong problem solving skills, along with a 'can do’ attitude. You will be conscientious, hardworking and reliable, a team player, with a good sense of humour and the ability and desire to support others in the team.

Looking After You And Your Career

If you are ambitious, we’ll provide opportunities for you to further develop your skills through mentoring and professional development. We reward high achievers through performance-based pay, and we also offer an excellent benefits package which includes a final salary pension scheme (or NEST), 33 days’ paid annual leave (including an allowance for the bank holidays), free meals on duty, on-site parking, contractual sick pay, free medical healthcare plan, and free use of the College gym.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 22 August 2018
Interviews: Interviews will be held on Friday 31 August 2018


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the Apply Now button to be directed to our website where you can download the job description and application form. 

Selwyn College is home to students of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We’re proud of our diversity. We therefore welcome staff whatever their race, gender, sexuality, disability or religious belief, and we’re keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community.

No agencies please.