Applications now closed — Head of Horticulture Contracts & Gardening

Applications now closed — Head of Horticulture Contracts & Gardening

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a thriving charity and social enterprise offering
training and work experience for more than 170 adults with learning
disabilities. We offer unique opportunities for this vulnerable group to
acquire skills in rural activities including horticulture, animal care, retail,
cafés work, and working within the local community.

We are a highly respected and award winning trust with long established
relationships with prestigious garden designers such as Tom Stuart Smith.
As well as newly developed ones with Arit Anderson which led to a recent
feature on BBC Gardeners’ World (2023, Episode 9).

We are looking for an innovative and highly motivated individual, a self-starter who will grasp this unique opportunity to work with both vulnerable adults and young people in everything Horticulture. You will be passionate about sharing your horticulture skills teaching those you work with to learn and develop skills of their own, and you will have an excellent track record in business, managing, organising and scheduling multiple projects such as gardening contracts or land development.

A few attributes that the ideal candidate will have are:

  • Expertise and experience of leadership and management.
  • Strong relevant horticultural knowledge.
  • Innovative leadership at senior management level, and in the management
    and development of staff.
  • Experience of developing and delivering a coherent strategic vision.
  • Experience of developing and managing significant and diverse operating and capital budgets.
  • Experience of developing, nurturing and delivering operational partnerships
    and collaborative programmes.

Additional requirements include: ability to drive and willing to drive Trust vehicles, good IT skills in areas such as Outlook and Microsoft Office programmes and excellent interpersonal & communication skills.

For more information on the role, please download the recruitment pack. *Applications now closed*