Trinity College

Trinity College is located in the centre of Cambridge with a site extending approximately 1 mile from Sydney Street across The Backs to Grange Road. The largest College in Cambridge, Trinity has around 650 undergraduates, 300 postgraduates and 170 Fellows with 420 staff. The grounds include a number of courts with fine turf and wall shrubs, formal beds and herbaceous borders, parkland by the river, a large informal Fellows’ Garden and intimate gardens on Grange Road. The Gardens Department is based in the Gardeners Yard on Queens Road and are a friendly, energetic and passionate team.

The post is part of a team of 12 Gardeners & trainees. The Head Gardener, Deputy Head Gardener & three Senior Gardeners oversee the daily running of the department. The role will involve work in a range of garden styles from formal fine lawns to herbaceous borders, woodland areas, riverside parkland, wall shrubs & climbers to nursery work.

The post holder will work with the experienced team to develop the basic professional horticultural skills, uniquely centred around College Gardens, which are required to ensure maintenance of all garden areas is carried out the highest possible standards. The successful candidate must have an energy and interest for working outdoors and in all weathers. To maintain the Gardens at Trinity College to the highest possible standards, in tasks set out by the management team, and achieve this in a safe, environmentally sustainable and competent manner

Duties include:

  • To maintain a high standard of lawns within the College by using appropriate machinery within safety guidelines
  • To apply horticultural products, including fertilisers, in a safe and competent manner, to achieve good plant and soil health and support long-term biodiversity
  • To assist with maintenance of borders, trees, hedges, containers and pots, lawns, topiary, tools and machinery.  To be able to work a heights from ladders, steps and MEWPS and to do so in a safe manner
  • To undertake general maintenance of gardens including the tasks of mowing, pruning, digging, planting, strimming, irrigation, leafing, mulching and maintenance of paths ensuring all duties are carried out safely and to high standards
  • To highlight any garden related issues and problems within the Gardens to the relevant persons
  • All staff must adopt a responsible attitude towards health and safety and be prepared to undertake any training provided in relation to health and safety or which is identified as necessary in relation to their work
  • The work includes all aspects of gardening and the job holder will be working outdoors in all weathers, undertaking physically demanding tasks, as well as fine detailed and repetitive maintenance work.

Desired skills

  • Some practical gardening skills
  • Some machinery operator experience
  • An understanding of Health and Safety rules

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic
  • Hardworking
  • Willing to work in a motivated team and /or on their own
  • Ability to communicate clearly with confidence
  • A willingness to learn

Desired qualifications

GCSE qualifications, or equivalent, in English and maths are desirable

Future prospects

Stepping-stone into unique horticultural world of College Gardens, their upkeep and their preservation to highest possible standards.

Things to consider

KEITS Training Services Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy earlier than the listed closing date should the need arise




Weekly wage


Working week

Monday to Thursday – 07.30-16.15 Friday – 07.30-15.15 Break – 10.00 – 10.30 Lunch 13.00-13.4

Apprenticeship duration

20 months

Possible start date

12 October 2020

Date posted

15 September 2020

Apprenticeship level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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