Technical Instructor in Horticulture

  • Location: Hadlow
  • Salary: £17,391 - £19,808 per annum
  • Status: Full time - 37 hours per week
  • Closing date: 27 Jan 2019
  • Interview date: 08 Feb 2019

Are you a trained horticulturist with good plant knowledge?  Do you have skills and a passion for horticulture to pass on to the next generation?  We are keen to recruit a Technical Instructor in Horticulture to support our lecturing staff, provide practical instruction to our students and maintain the curriculum growing areas and resources.  Glasshouse experience would be an advantage.

As a Technical Instructor you will be demonstrating and providing practical instruction in varying aspects of horticultural practice to a range of students aged 14 years and above both in a grounds and classroom settings. You will also assist in the horticultural and technical maintenance of the practical facilities, including our new state of the art glasshouse, which is part of our innovative and exciting approach to the future of horticultural expertise, including hydroponics and a hi-tech propagation unit. You will have experience and training in a range of horticultural operations and use of machinery, and a full UK driver’s licence is required as the role may involve travelling between our campuses at Hadlow, Canterbury, Greenwich and Mottingham. There may also be a requirement for occasional weekend working.

You will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently. The ability to communicate effectively is an essential pre-requisite for this role, as is a qualification to Level 3/National Diploma standard in Horticulture or a closely related subject, and relevant practical experience.

In addition to the minimum requirements detailed above, candidates will need a keen interest in a wide range of horticultural related subjects, the ability to work well as part of a team and the willingness to work towards and gain a relevant teaching qualification, which can be studied at the college. Further training towards other qualification will also be encouraged and supported by the College, with the potential for career progression in the educational branch of horticulture.

As well as a contributory pension scheme, health cash plan and free car parking, this post also attracts 27 days holiday each year, plus bank holidays and 3 additional statutory days leave.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.  Where applicable, a prohibition check will be carried out.

To apply for this job, please complete an application form. The job description and application form can be downloaded from our website, Alternatively, you can request an application pack by emailing or telephoning 01732 853977. You are required to complete an application form as we do not accept CVs.

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The closing date for receipt of all completed application forms is Sunday 27th January 2019.

Interviews will be held on 8th February 2019

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Due to the volume of applications we receive it is impossible to inform all applicants if they have been short listed:  therefore if you have not heard from us within 14 days of the closing date you can assume that you have not been successful.

For more information please contact in the first instance or call 01732 853977 if you would like to discuss this further.

Hadlow College is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.