Garden Workshop Co-ordinator/ Senior Gardener

Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 (depending on experience and qualification level)

Full-time: 37.5 hours per week; Monday – Friday

Contract: Permanent

Do you want to be part of a unique Community where people live, work, learn and celebrate life together?

About us:

Camphill Milton Keynes Communities is a charity providing unique person-centred support for adults with learning disabilities and autism.

We have two gardens where we grow fruit and vegetables for our supported living houses and for our Café. They include a mature fruit orchard, Living Willow Sculpture Garden, a paddock, soft fruit area and two large fully functioning polytunnels.

This is an extremely exciting time for Camphill as we work towards our development plans converting our paddocks into attractive, crop producing accessible gardens. This will include landscaping, raised beds and the creation of pathways. 

Find out more about the Garden Workshop here.

About the role:

We are looking to recruit a full-time Garden Workshop Co-ordinator to play a key role in the management and development of our horticultural activities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the gardens and contributing to the development of brand-new garden areas with a focus on accessible workspaces. You will ensure that the gardens are presented to the highest horticultural and environmentally kind standards possible. You will also be responsible for our small Camphill apiary and ideally have experience or are willing to learn the art of bee keeping and honey harvest.

Through the seasons you will coach and train service users (adults with learning disability and autism), alongside a small team of staff and volunteers to develop their horticultural skills in a safe and enabling environment.

About you:

  • You will have previous experience in horticulture and supervising gardeners or volunteers. 
  • You will need to be a self-motivated, flexible and empathetic person capable of leading a diverse team.
  • Good all-round skills in using a range of garden tools and machinery; a good eye for detail and the ability to share practical skills and knowledge in relation to plant care and maintenance is essential.
  • You will also have good numeracy, literacy and IT skills.
  • The ideal applicant would have a minimum RHS Level 2 qualification.

Why join us?

  • We are keen on staff development! We offer excellent professional and career development and training opportunities, including professional qualifications.
  • We promote a diverse, friendly and high-quality working environment. 
  • We offer the opportunity to work amongst a team of dedicated, creative and supportive colleagues.
  • We provide a fully paid DBS, generous holiday and work pension scheme.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please apply by submitting your application at

Supporting documents:

Download Job description & Person Specification 

Click here to find out more about us and our Mission & Vision.

Closing Date: 25th June 2021  

Please Note: we review applications frequently and interviews will take place shortly after we shortlist them.   If we feel we have received a sufficient number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert early. Don’t hesitate and apply as soon as possible.

We are an equal opportunities employer that promotes diversity within our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of sexual orientation, race, age, gender, disability, religion or belief.

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and eligibility to work in the UK.

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Camphill Milton Keynes Communities, Japonica Lane, Willen Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9JY.

Phone: 01908 235 000 Fax: 01908 235606

Camphill Café: 01908 308738