Head Gardener/Estate Manager





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The village of Eygalières is a small French village, located in the south east of France, in the French Les Alpilles region of Provence.

This is a superb, new position for a fluent English and French speaking horticulturist with ability to maintain, to a very high standard, 1 acre of gardens. The position will require someone very knowledgeable in plant material, trees and shrubs and somebody who is able to work closely with the owner, who is herself extremely knowledgeable, loves her gardens and has special ideas and projects in mind for this newly acquired property.  Renovation work will commence on the house in April and is expected to be ongoing for 18 months.

It would be especially helpful if the successful applicant was knowledgeable in the Dutch/German landscape tradition of Piet Ouldolf, though not essential.

Candidates should be superb plantsmen, experienced in all aspects of the gardening year and able to communicate well.  Must be able to coordinate and develop any further areas of the property as required, working alongside the employer, landscaper and outside contractors. A team player is required, with the ability to muck in and somebody who is willing to help this charming owner with running odd errands and to assist when and where needed.  A “Can Do” attitude is essential. Duties will include sole care of the gardens and the exterior of the residence.  You will be required also to maintain the annual garden manual, keeping photographic updates as well as a written record. 

Candidates must be able to grow and maintain a large variety of high-quality plants, maintain electrics/garden lighting and automatic watering, manage the weekly garden maintenance team, deal with outside contractors and visitors to the estate and care for the swimming pool. Excellent people-skills required.   Negotiable salary, together with vehicle for work related hours.  Hours normally 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.   Accommodation not offered but an excellent salary and package is available for a highly skilled and qualified candidate.   Top notch experience with checkable references and DBS disclosure.   Start as soon as possible.


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