VSA is a well-respected local social care charity, helping support the people of Aberdeen for over 150 years.

Our mission is to provide the best of care to enable the best of lives; supporting individuals and communities to fulfil their potential.

VSA provides vital support and services to people of all ages. At VSA we support a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing through a range of residential and outreach support services.

We currently have an exciting opportunity available to join our Property and Maintenance Team as a Gardener based at our Easter Anguston Farm in Peterculter (however you will be expected to work at other VSA locations across the city). This will be a full-time permanent position and in return, you will receive competitive salary and benefits.

Hours: 39 hours per week

Job Status: Permanent (Full-time)

Salary: £12.00 per hour

Work Pattern: Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m & Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Based at Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, but working at all VSA locations across the City - Access to own transport as well as holding a valid drivers license is essential.


We offer all our staff fantastic benefits including:

- Competitive Salary

- Generous Paid Holidays

- NEST Pension Scheme

- Refer a friend scheme

- Ongoing Training and Development


About the role:

To provide a routine and proactive gardening service at all VSA’s establishments and associated grounds.

Main Duties & Responsibilities of will include:

  • Follow instructions from Head Gardener and identify and act upon any gardening and maintenance issues that may arise including winter maintenance when applicable.
  • Maintaining site grounds (footpaths, gutters, blocked drains etc) and assist with the maintenance of the gardens.
  • Ensuring Health and Safety standards are rigorously met by all, whilst undertaking gardening and maintenance work.
  • Any other duties that may arise from time to time provided they are within the post holders capabilities.


What we are looking for in our Gardener:

Qualifications/Training/Education:

Essential:

  • Good standard of education


Experience:

Essential:

  • Appropriate gardening experience
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety
  • Willingness to undertake relevant training


Key Skills/Aptitudes:

Essential:

  • Ability to work well on own initiative
  • Communicate well with others
  • Quality workmanship
  • Planning and prioritising work
  • Proactive approach
  • Organisational skills

Desirable:

  • Spraying Certificate
  • Chainsaw Certificate

Personal Qualities:

Essential:

  • Flexibility
  • Uses Initiative
  • Self Motivated
  • Reliable and punctual

Other Job Requirements:

As the post will involve aspects of manual handling on a day to day basis, applicants must be capable of carrying out this kind of work, which can at times be demanding. Due to the nature of the work and the various sites you will be required to work at it is essential you hold a valid and up to date Drivers License and have access to your own transport.


If our Gardener role sounds like you, then click “Apply” below and start your career journey with VSA today!