Head Gardener, Taranaki Regional Council, New Zealand
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Taranaki is known as the 'Garden of New Zealand' and it's easy to see why. Thanks to our rich volcanic soil, our gardens are so spectacular they have their own festivals. Year round there's always something to fill the calendar - everything from the Powerco Garden Festival, the global musical festival WOMAD to the ASP World Women's Surf festival, international rugby and football matches, AmeriCarna, the International Arts Festival, TropFest Film Festival, Kinetika, and so much more.
Mount Taranaki is an ever-present part of the landscape and home to more than 200km of walking and hiking trails, a ski field, cafes and accommodation. Beneath the mountain there's much more to discover. Taranaki is home to a flourishing arts scene with diverse and talented artisans and galleries who will challenge and inspire, provoke and move you.
Pukeiti is a world-class 360 hectare garden and rainforest nestled between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. It holds one of the largest and the most diverse collections of rhododendrons in the world and is rich with biodiversity. Pukeiti is a bustling hub of activity, amongst the stunning garden setting there is the ever popular Founders Cafe, The Rainforest Centre, Lodge and studio accommodation. The property is continuing to expand and undergo major developments contributing to our significant visitor growth. Pukeiti is owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council for the people of Taranaki and their visitors.
We currently have an opportunity for a passionate and determined Head Gardener, to lead the team and to be part of the Pukeiti vision enabling a wider audience and future generations to enjoy this world class garden and rainforest.
The Head Gardener - Pukeiti will lead the team by example in the maintenance of the gardens and the display of the extensive plant collection at Pukeiti. This hands on role takes responsibility for the day to day operations of the garden and will manage, motivate and inspire their staff.
The successful applicant will be an experienced working public gardener with a clear understanding of horticultural best practices coupled with excellent communication and relationship building skills. You will have demonstrated experience with staff mentoring, management, development and training.
You will also support management in the development of the gardens through contributing at the design stage and implementing new planting plans.
You will also play a pivotal role in promoting Pukeiti to the people of Taranaki and beyond; through garden tours, events and functions.
To be successful in this role, you will need to possess the following skills and attributes:
• Nationally or internationally recognised horticultural qualification
• Practical experience in gardens management and maintenance
• A passion for plants and the practical care of them
• Previous team leader experience
• Exceptional communication skills in all mediums
• Competent in a range of administration tasks
• Competent computer skills
Innovation and self motivation are required, together with a good level of fitness and an ability to do some heavy lifting. A current driver's licence is also essential.
This position is full-time working from Monday through Friday, with the occasional weekend day required for workshops and garden festivities.
Like to know more?
Taranaki Regional Council offers an attractive workplace in a friendly and supportive environment. More details, including the job description, are available on our website www.trc.govt.nz
For any further information, please call Karen Smylie, HR Manager on (06) 765 7127.
Applications close on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 and must be made directly through our website www.trc.govt.nz
The Council is committed to equal employment opportunities.