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Job Vacancies 2018-09-14T10:07:03+00:00

Job Vacancies at Nicholsons

Nicholsons is a long-established and developing company with three successful divisions; Forestry, Landscaping, and Plants. Continued growth and new opportunities mean that Nicholsons is regularly seeking fresh recruits to join the workforce. At present we have the following vacancies. If you would like to apply, please email your cv to:

Kitchen Porter / Trainee Chef

The Yurt at Nicholsons

We are looking to recruit a Kitchen Porter / Trainee Chef in our Yurt at Nicholsons.  The purpose of the job is to keep the service flowing in the café with duties such as washing up, loading the dishwasher, clearing tables, cleaning and, when appropriate working alongside and helping our Chef, on occasion acting as sous-chef.

The successful applicant will be hardworking, methodical, cheerful, efficient and be a great team player. An interest in local fresh produce, stylish presentation and healthy eating would be an advantage. Some commercial kitchen experience is essential.

This position is for five days a week and would include Saturdays.  Hours of work would be from 8am to 5pm, with appropriate breaks during the day.

Nicholsons is an award winning company based in North Oxfordshire. The successful candidate would need to hold a full clean driving license as there is limited public transport.


We are looking for a skilled plants person to join our team at Nicholsons.  For this role you would need proven horticultural experience to enable you to advise and sell our range of plants to customers in our plant centre in a knowledgeable and friendly manner.  You would also be responsible for maintaining stock at optimum level to include plant care and moving stock, which can be heavy.   Work is mainly outdoors in all weathers.  Computer skills would be an advantage.  You would be very much part of our team in this successful family run business.

This is a full-time role 7.30 to 4.30pm for five days per week and would include Saturdays.  A full driving licence is necessary due to our remote location.


Nicholsons are looking for casual staff to help with their seasonal potting requirements. The season runs from October through to April each year.

The role will involve potting plants at piece rate plus some nursery work which will be paid at an hourly rate. Experience is not necessary as full training given. Flexibility, stamina, quality of work and some horticultural knowledge would all be an advantage. Hours are generally 8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday, but would suit school hours.  Due to our remote location you may need a driving licence.

Sales Administrator

A position within the Plant Centre has arisen for a Sales Administrator.  The right applicant will strive to constantly make the customer experience at Nicholsons a smooth one and to improve systems where possible with customer experience and commercial benefit in mind. Particular skills required are: an excellent telephone manner, extremely proficient computer skills and ability to learn our stock management system, WinTree, accuracy, great organisational skills, ability to work to deadlines for quotes and sales orders and a friendly manner.  Preferred but not essential is a knowledge of plants.

This is a full-time role from Monday to Friday 7.30am – 4.30pm and would include at least one Saturday in 4 helping in the shop.    A Full driving licence is necessary, due to our remote location.

Fencing Team Member

Nicholsons is looking to employ a fencing team member/trainee for a 6 month period.   The job will involve working within our fencing team to takedown/install/repair and maintain all types of fencing. In addition to this you may be expected to locate and identify services and excavate foundations for fencing. You are to work directly under the supervision of a fencing team leader and will be expected to follow verbal and written instructions working towards obtaining the necessary skills to become an experienced fencer.

The successful applicant must have a desire to learn about fencing/forestry work, an ability to work as part of a team, a willingness to work outdoors in all weathers, comply with all health & safety regulations, be flexible around working hours to complete the task, work in a professional manner at all times and have a full UK driving licence.   Ideally candidates will have a first aid qualification, and proof of experience of working with power tools/attachments and or wood/timber treated products.  Applicants should be aware that the nature of the role means it involves heavy and or repeated lifting.

This is a full-time position: Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 4.30pm (with flexibility).

Arboricultural Operative

We currently have a vacancy for a full time arborist/climber or grounds person with a minimum of two years’ experience in the industry (not essential).  The position would suit a highly motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic applicant looking to develop a career in arboriculture. It would be beneficial to have the relevant NPTC qualifications (i.e. CS 30, 31, 38, and 39), the ability to demonstrate safe and competent climbing and working practices and competence in Brushwood Chipper Operations.

All applicants must have a full UK driving licence, ideally (not essential) with the towing licence B + E , be reliable with excellent timekeeping and be able to work as part of a team.

Nicholsons offer a competitive rate of pay, reflective of experience and qualifications.

We provide all relevant PPE and have a pro- active approach in training provision to aid career progression.

This is a full time position, Monday to Friday 7.30am – 4.30pm.

Experienced Gardeners

Are you an experienced gardener who would like to join our professional garden maintenance team whilst continuing to develop your skills?  We are looking for applicants who are self-motivated and capable of hard physical work with a good knowledge of gardening practices and plant knowledge.   Candidates must be enthusiastic, able to communicate well within a team and have a good client interface. Full-time positions available.  Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 4.30pm. A full UK driving licence required.

Skilled Hard Landscapers

We are looking for skilled hard landscapers to join our successful teams building some of the most beautiful and highly prestigious gardens in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.

The positions require candidates with at least 5 years proven experience in all aspects of landscaping as well as being highly motivated individuals.   Key skills include:
·         a good knowledge of working with a range of materials with a desire to keep learning
·         ability to read and interpret scale drawings
·         keeping a commercial overview at all stages of each build.

Other key requirements include dedication to producing exceptional results, leading a team, maintaining a high standard of professionalism at all times and to work hard, energetically and effectively. A polite manner is also required for dealing with customers and work colleagues.  A full UK Driving Licence is necessary.

Post holders must be physically fit, as the role regularly requires physical work, and must be comfortable working outside in all conditions. This position is full time, Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 4.30 pm.  We will offer a generous salary dependent on experience, along with our other benefits.

How To Apply

If you would like to apply for any of the positions listed above, please submit your detailed letter of application, supported by a full CV to:

Rachel Verdon
Human Resources
The Park
North Aston
OX25 6HL

You may also email Rachel, supplying your CV as an attachment in MS Word or Adobe PDF format. All applications will be received in strict confidence. Please make it very clear which job you are applying for.

Work with Nicholsons

We often have vacancies so if you like the look of us, get in contact and we will let you know if we have a suitable position for you. Contact Rachel Verdon.

  •    01869 340342 extn 0310


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