Horsham District Council has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic Landscape and Horticulture Officer to take a lead role in the planning and restoration of Council owned green spaces across the Horsham District.
Working within a small Parks and Countryside Development team, you will be responsible for influencing the quality of horticulture and landscape across a range of award-winning parks, important countryside sites and open spaces. You will also be working on a variety of projects at our different sites including a new garden at Warnham Nature Reserve, new planting beds in Horsham Park and other small projects that require creative but sustainable planting schemes.
Your role will involve technical guidance to the larger Parks and Countryside department to ensure that either our maintenance contractors or significant volunteer workforce are maintaining decorative plantings to achieve agreed design and budgetary objectives. This advice will also extend to an oversight of sports turf areas and expert advice on their most effective management.
You will have the ability to review planting plans and understand the significance of sustainable planting and maintenance, particularly in view of the changing climate and environmental requirements.
You will be someone who can demonstrate that they are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with other service areas within the council, Political Members as well as external stakeholders and community volunteers.
We are looking for a strong team player with the relevant horticultural knowledge, good communication, facilitation and problem-solving skills, as well as an agile, flexible and can-do approach. Although the job is, principally office based, we have flexible working arrangement and there will be plenty of opportunity to be out and about checking sites and advising volunteers. You will need to have the ability to drive to sites across the Horsham District.
You will be joining a forward-thinking and ambitious council with a committed focus on environmental issues. We are actively working to ensure the District’s natural environment is protected and enhanced, looking to reverse the decline in species and habitats as well as tackling and reducing the impacts of climate change.
We encourage and support professional development and offer a generous benefits package to support your work life balance. This includes 27 days’ pro rata annual leave plus bank holidays, flexible working arrangements, access to wellbeing services, and a staff benefits platform featuring many discounts from the high street.
Driving Licence required.