Job Title:



Buckfast Abbey

Contract Type:

Permanent full-time


£11.75 per hour. Enhanced overtime rate

Hours of Work:

40 hours per week over 5 days to include a regular weekend day

To Apply.:

Please complete the form below

Working hard as part of a small team, this role is dedicated to the year-round maintenance and improvement of our beautiful grounds and gardens (public and monastery), and resourcing our new ‘Green Hub’ venture, where visitors can purchase plants found in our gardens and receive information and advice regarding them.  The role is varied and public facing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Mowing – ride on and walk behind
  • Strimming – brushcutter
  • Hedge cutting – pole saw
  • Border maintenance – planting, dead heading, weeding, watering and identifying pests and diseases
  • Vegetable garden work – planting, cropping and weeding
  • Glasshouse – seed sowing, pricking out, potting on and biological control
  • Shrub maintenance – planting, pruning and topiary
  • Tree maintenance – planting, raising canopies and pruning
  • Lawn care – edging and scarifying
  • Lawn establishment – grading, seeding and turf laying
  • Pond maintenance
  • Leaf collecting
  • Log splitting
  • Working at heights – ladder, scaffold and MEWP
  • Equipment and buggy maintenance
  • Cemetery maintenance
  • Lone working
  • Staffing the Green Hub, on a rota basis

If you:

  • Have Horticultural knowledge/qualifications (preferably RHS Level 2 or equivalent) and are competent in plant identification including weeds
  • Are competent in the use of garden machinery including ride on and walk behind mowers and electric and petrol strimmers and hedge cutters
  • Have a full, valid driving licence and are able to drive buggies towing small trailers Are confident in working at heights
  • Are able to follow instructions, read Health & Safety guidelines and risk assessments, and are safety aware and focused
  • Are self-motivated, energetic, well presented and professional, to include commitment to the team – punctuality and reliability
  • Are friendly and cheerful with the ability to communicate clearly (to the public, colleagues, volunteers, and our monastic community) with the ability to relate well to all backgrounds
  • Are confident and capable of working in the Green Hub – interacting with the public, providing information and advice, and completing transactions
  • Have a ‘can do’, flexible and positive approach to a varied workload, in all weathers, and the requirement to assist with other reasonable duties across site, including staffing Abbey events

We want to hear from you!

  • Existing certificates in spraying, Arboriculture and MEWP qualifications preferred
  • Experience of tractor driving and use of CAT scanner preferred
  • Experience of public facing work, using expertise, within a retail environment useful

Please send your CV to, or complete our application form.

For more information, or to request an informal discussion about the role, please contact us using the same email address.

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Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

Buckfast Abbey is committed to our responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We strive to recruit colleagues who share this commitment to safeguarding and therefore apply robust procedures to support this. All new employees are required to obtain a DBS check, at no cost to themselves.

The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provide that when applying for certain jobs and activities, some convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.

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Criminal Record

The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. Please note any criminal convictions except those 'spent', or otherwise ‘protected’, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If none, please state.

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The Company will treat all personal information confidentially and in line with current data protection legislation. We rely on the lawful basis of the Data Protection Act 2018 (General Data Protection Regulation) to process the information provided by you in this form.

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