A very unique and attractive opportunity has arisen for a skilled and talented Head Gardener to take ownership of a beautiful private estate in The Hamptons, New York. The Hamptons are a string of stunning seaside communities on the eastern Long Island’s South Fork, inhabited by affluent New York City residents.
The young and welcoming family spend the working week in the city and return to the property most weekends. The garden is currently being managed by a maintenance company, but the family would now like to employ a full-time Head Gardener on a permanent basis.
The newly completed gardens have been designed by the award-winning designer, Arne Maynard, and consist of two acres of mature trees, herbaceous borders, climbing roses, drifts of flowering shrubs as well as impressive herb and vegetable gardens. The position requires a highly-organised individual with a good eye for detail and experience of managing high-end private estate gardens. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing the garden in conjunction with the property owner and garden designer on a permanent basis.
Applications are encouraged from Head Gardeners with excellent plant care knowledge, including that of pest and disease management / IPM. Integrated Pest Management is a significant part of horticulture and arboriculture in the USA and as such, applicants must have a good working knowledge of this aspect of garden management. Typical Head Gardener duties will apply, i.e. management of contractors and grounds crews, seasonal garden planning, equipment operation/maintenance and hands-on gardening to a high standard.
Candidates will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification at degree level of equivalent, at least eight years’ experience in private estate gardens, excellent horticultural knowledge, a chemical applicator’s licence (or the ability to obtain one in the first 90 days of employment), a clean and valid New York driver’s licence, and the legal ability to work in the United States. This is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate to work for a young and friendly family in a beautiful part of the world, and to earn a very generous salary.
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