Smiling group on hillside
Smiling group on hillside

Head Gardener

Garden - Moonfleet Manor Hotel

Contract: Permanent
Salary: £33,000 plus service charge

Join us at Moonfleet Manor, where your green expertise will contribute to the enchanting atmosphere of our historic grounds!
Moonfleet Manor, a distinguished hotel nestled in the heart of Jurassic coast, is seeking an experienced and creative Head Gardener to lead our gardening team. If you possess a deep appreciation for horticulture, love growing veg, and can bring our gardens and the Jurassic coast history to life, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey.

Position Overview:

As the Head Gardener at Moonfleet Manor, you will take the lead in planning and maintaining our gardens to the highest standards. Your role will involve creating and executing our landscaped grounds to ensuring Moonfleet Manor maintains its natural beauty as well as planning and growing vegetables for our kitchen garden. 

Our picturesque grounds play a crucial role in providing a relaxed and enchanting atmosphere for our guests, making the position of Head Gardener vital to our commitment to providing a true family experience. This a permanent role, at 40 hours per week (including some weekends), with an annual salary of £33,000, plus generous service charge and a brilliant benefit package.

Key Responsibilities:

- Ensure the hotel grounds are in the best condition for our guests: Your role will oversee the gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel are in the best condition and state of repair and to assist with any bespoke areas created for the hotels use. You will oversee all aspects of garden maintenance, including planting, pruning, and irrigation.
- Planting and Harvesting: Plan, plant, and harvest a variety of vegetables to meet the seasonal needs of our kitchen.
- Ensure you and your team have solid knowledge of health and safety: You will be responsible for the safety of the team and those enjoying the surroundings, raising any health and safety concerns, report any equipment damages and ensure all equipment and chemicals are used correctly.
- Manage your team in line with our company values: You will be responsible for managing your department and team by management of rotas, assignment of job roles and monitoring of work.
- Educate our guests on the history of the Jurassic Coast: Have conversations and walks with hotel guests educating on the history of the coast and its fossils
- Manage the garden budget effectively and efficiently.

To be successful in this role we are looking for someone who has:

- Passion for horticulture and a strong knowledge of plants, shrubs, trees and lawns.
- Proven experience in a similar role, demonstrating a track record of successful garden management.
- Ability to plan and manage a diverse vegetable garden.
- Charisma, an engaging personality and passion for hospitality and providing great service to our guests.
- Leadership skills with the ability to inspire and mentor a small team.
- Excellent organisational and communication skills.
- Passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship.
- Good Physical Fitness is essential, to be able to lift at least 25kg in accordance with Health and Safety guidelines and be able to stand/walk for prolonged periods of time.


Why work with us?

• Our training and development is a little different here at LFH– we are certified by the Institute of Hospitality and offer our teams career progression by working with Umbrella Training.
• An extra day’s holiday for your birthday
EarlyPay – Need to access some of your monthly salary a little early sometimes? No problem!
Cycle to work scheme
Help@Hand - Our online health and wellbeing service – Get same day remote GP appointments, Mental Health support and Physiotherapy on us.
Life Assurance Benefit for peace of mind for your loved ones.
Enhanced Maternity and Paternity packages
• Want to give back but never have the time? We will give you a paid day off for any volunteering or fundraising you would like to get involved in once a year
The LFH Benefit Hub – Easily accessible employee discount platform for you to take advantage of at your favourite high street and online retailers
50% off Food and Beverage and the Spa across Luxury Family Hotels.
• Incredible discounted hotel stays for you, friends and family

Please ensure you check the hotel location as some of our hotels are hidden away and you will have to use your own transport to locate us!


Who are LFH?


Part of the Luxury Family Hotel Group, Moonfleet Manor Hotel is set overlooking the incredible Jurassic coastline offering our guests the perfect location for a coastal family getaway. 2023 has brought with it completion of a full renovation of our bedrooms making them extra special for our guests. We are dedicated to creating an inspiring space for our team members that is fun, all-inclusive, professional and rewarding – just as a career in hospitality should be!

Here at LFH we are an equal opportunities employer and strive to create a diverse and accessible workplace for all. We believe in a culture and inclusive team member experience that values people from all backgrounds, race and religions. We respect, value and embrace diversity and ensure everyone is recognised and respected, we celebrate our differences.