Qualified Gardener, Odney Club

Job Type Maintenance and Facilities
Location Cookham - Odney Club
Additional Locations Cookham - Winter Hill
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 02/02/2022
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £22,000.00 - £31,100.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 37.5 hrs per week 07:30 - 16:00 Monday - Friday. Working weekends on a rota basis


Our Place By The River

The Odney Hotel, our Place by the River, is a beautifully unique hotel exclusively used by our Partners. Set in 130 acres of picturesque countryside by the River Thames in Cookham, Berkshire, it offers character, history and charm to all those who stay and work there.

On site, guests also enjoy a private stretch of river, water gardens, a pool and sports facilities. As well as our own Serenity Spa, offering beauty treatments and massages. 

What’s the role about?

As a Gardener (known on-site as a Grounds and Gardens Technician) you’ll work as part of a team to develop the estate’s grounds, gardens, sports areas, lakes, play areas and woodland. Delivering high standards throughout the grounds and gardens to enhance the reputation of the hotel and providing an excellent guest experience.

As a gardener you’ll...:

  • Undertake all horticultural and maintenance tasks to a high level of craftsmanship.

  • Maintain and use a wide range of tools and powered equipment 

  • Ensure and promote the Health and Safety of yourself and others

  • Welcome and communicate with visitors to the Gardens, including giving talks and answering questions.

  • Keep your knowledge of horticultural practices and environmental considerations up to date and apply them in your work.

  • Follow work schedules for the department to effectively deliver seasonal work plans to deliver maintenance and project priorities

  • Ensure and promote a safety culture amongst the team complying with statutory,  industry and Partnership requirements

  • Carry out  Pre-Start checks on any machinery used, reporting and faults to the People Manager

  • Have an awareness of the estate reporting any dangers or damage, such as boundary fencing or tree branches to your People Manager

  • Assist with sowing, propagation and cultivation of plants, shrubs and trees

  • Maintain pathways, including the clearance of snow and ice

  • Maintain a swimming pool

  • Support and take part in Club events when required, which will involve occasional extra hours at weekends and evenings.

What you’ll have:

  • Relevant experience of working within a Grounds and/or Gardens Team

  • NVQ Level 2 or Equivalent in Professional Horticulture or Sports Turf Maintenance

  • Good work ethic

  • Enthusiastic personality

  • Attention to detail

  • Full Driving Licence

What else you could bring:

  • Certificate in Chainsaw use NPTC CS30 / CS31

  • Certificate in Safe use of Pesticides NPTC PA1, PA2, PA6

  • Experience of working in a commercial greenhouses

  • Qualification in Garden design

  • Trailer Licence

  • CPCS 360 Excavator A58

Why else will I love working at Odney?

Other than the beautiful surroundings and our friendly team, there are many other reasons to work for us in Odney. Including:


After completion of Earning Membership you’ll be entitled to the incredible benefits the Partnership has to offer, including;

  • 20% Discount at Waitrose & Partners on majority of goods

  • 25% Discount at John Lewis & Partners on majority of goods

  • 12% Discount at john Lewis & Partners on electrical & white goods 

  • Defined contribution pension scheme and Life Assurance (4x annual salary)

  • 22 days paid holiday per year, increasing to 25 after 5-years service. 

  • Free meals on duty

Work-Life balance

We also understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Other benefits include;

  • Discounted holidays at our exclusive Partnerships hotels

  • VIP suites with discounted tickets at the O2 arena

  • Generous discounts at numerous restaurants and bars

  • Exclusive days out for Partners and their families

Flexible Working:

The Partnership supports agile and flexible working practices, such as when, where and how we work. We have several different ways to work flexibly, including part-time, flexible or compressed hours, and job sharing. You'll have the opportunity to discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview and, where it is operationally practicable, they'll do all they can to accommodate your needs.

Please consider the following when making your application:

  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply early.

  • Print off the job description now if you require it.

  • Ensure you have an up-to-date CV.

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We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership visit this site - https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/ We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so, at your interview, feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Attachment: Ground & Gardens Technician- Partnership Hotels .docx 


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