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Seasonal Production Assistant (Gardener)

£11,544 to £ 11,897.60 per annum plus excellent benefits
West Dean
Fixed Term
Part Time - 20 hours per week, 08:00am - 12:00pm over 5 days a week

JOB TITLE                                   Seasonal Production Assistant

LOCATION                                  West Dean

SALARY                                       £11,544.00 per annum (£20,202.00 FTE) rising to:

                                                     £11,897.60 per annum (£20,820.80 FTE) from April 2024

HOURS                                        20 hours per week / 08:00-12:00 / five days per week (0.57 FTE)

CONTRACT                                 6 month fixed term (March – September)


About Us

West Dean is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for art, design, craft, and conservation education.  The work of staff and students, frequently rooted in traditional skills, is both innovative and world leading.

We are making bold and ambitious moves as an organisation with the expansion of our portfolio, the redevelopment of our estate and our strategic push on diversity and sustainability. 


About The Role

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Seasonal Production Assistant to join our Garden and Retail teams at West Dean, playing a pivotal role in supporting our sustainability aim to grow sustainable and local products. 

The successful candidate will work with our Gardens and Retail teams to produce and merchandise around 300 plants per week to sell from our retail outlets (West Dean Stores & Gardens Gift Shop), including the maintenance of those areas, as well as to use within our food service outlets. Candidates will also work closely with our Head Gardener to grow, harvest and distribute seasonal produce throughout the Campus, during their contracted period, also liaising with chefs and catering teams.


What You Can Offer Us

Successful candidates will need good horticultural knowledge and excellent organisational skills. Experience within a horticultural role is essential and having experience of working within a merchandising role would be beneficial, as this role is to grow and sell our produce. Attention to detail and being able to work on your own initiative.

The Benefits

In recognition for all your hard work and dedication, we can offer you:

  • 33 days holiday per year (FTE)
  • Pension (we’ll match you up to 7.5%)
  • Life Assurance
  • Company Sick Pay
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 25% off retail and restaurant
  • 50% off short courses
  • Salary sacrifice schemes

Closing Date: 1st March 2024

We endeavour to respond to all applicants in a timely manner; however, we can receive significant numbers of applications, which means we may not be able to respond to everyone.  If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

We will be reviewing applications as we receive, therefore we may hire prior to end date of advert subject to right candidate.

Candidates for this role will need to be able to demonstrate a current Right to Work in the UK.