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: rachel@nicholsonsgb.com

Specialist Team Member

Would you like to be part of the Specialist Team here at Nicholsons?  A vacancy has arisen for this extremely versatile role that will involve using many varied skills day to day and week to week.  The successful applicant would be part of a team responsible for supporting other departments with preparation of gardens prior to the main build, planting larger shrubs, trees and hedging and carrying out works at height.

Key skills required are high levels of workmanship, horticulture knowledge, compliance with health and safety regulations, flexibility, ability to communicate with team and clients, full driving licence.  Ideally applicants will have their trailer licence and PA1 & PA6.  Training on the job will be given where necessary.

Working hours are 7.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Woodland Manager

Nicholsons, based in North Oxfordshire, offers a complete woodland and tree management service, providing professional support to landowners in the areas of Woodland Management and Arboriculture.

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic individual to join our busy and experienced Forestry team. This position would ideally suit a qualified forester with at least 2 years’ experience, to work within a strong team environment. You should have sound technical forestry knowledge and a good understanding of current and relevant legislation.

The position would involve working with our team of managers in a department offering a full management service to clients.  Duties will include, preparation of woodland management plans, budgeting and planning of woodland operations, tendering for contracts and subsequent execution of allotted contracts, including harvesting operations.

Key requirements for this role include good communication and computer skills, whilst experience in ARC GIS would be desirable.  A full driver’s licence is essential and a trailer licence would be advantageous.

This is a full-time position Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm with a competitive salary and company vehicle.

Softworks Team Member

Graduate Forester

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic individual to join and work with our experienced Forestry team. This position would ideally suit a recently graduated forester preferably with some field experience. You should have good technical forestry knowledge and an understanding of current and relevant legislation.  A working knowledge of current grant and CSS schemes would be advantageous.

Responsibilites will include assisting managers with planning of woodland operations, tendering for contracts and subsequent execution of allotted contracts. Other duties will involve working with and supervising our fencing and forestry teams.

Additional requirements for this role include good communication and computer skills. A full driver’s licence is essential.

This is a full-time position Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm with an attractive salary and company vehicle.

Applications should be sent to Bev at: Bev@nicholsonsgb.com

Soft Landscaping – Team Member

Opportunities have arisen for highly motivated individuals to join our skilled Soft Landscaping team.

The key requirements for this role are an enthusiastic approach to learning new skills, dedication to producing exceptional results, ability to maintain a high standard of professionalism at all times and have an ability to work hard, energetically and effectively within a team.  This position would suit individuals looking for a career.  A full clean UK Driving Licence is necessary.

Post holders must be physically fit, as the roles require hard physical work, and must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.  This position is full time, Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.30pm.

Saturday Horticulturalist

Would you like to join our friendly Saturday team as a Horticulturist assisting in our plant centre?

A good plant knowledge would be essential to enable you to advise customers with plant sales.  The role would also require excellent communication skills and the flexibility to work both inside and out in all weathers on the Nursery.     Hours would be 10am – 4pm on Saturdays.

Loading & Dispatch Worker

Would you like to be part of our expanding team? A new role has arisen in our plant loading and dispatch department servicing our horticulture, forestry and landscape business.

Key skills include the ability to communicate well with staff and customers to provide the best possible service as well as being able to work in a busy environment as part of a team.  Must be reliable and have a full clean driving licence, ideally with a towing licence B+ E.  Post holders must be physically fit as the role regularly requires hard physical work, and must be comfortable working outside in all conditions. Ideally applicants will be able to demonstrate their ability to use forklift vehicles but this is not essential as training can be given to the successful applicant.

This is a full-time position, Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 4.30 pm.  Salary will be dependent on experience and will be accompanied with our other benefits.

Front of House, Yurt Cafe – Saturdays

The Yurt at Nicholsons is a beautiful 40ft Yurt set in the plant centre at Nicholsons, less than 30 minutes north of Oxford. We serve a freshly prepared British influenced menu with select wines.

We are looking for waiting staff to join and complement our existing excellent team. Your main role will be as a member of waiting staff but we’ll also need you to get involved with many of the events that take place. You’ll need a love of hospitality, a ‘can do’ approach, excellent spoken English, have an attentive, professional and friendly manner. Experience of high-end service will of course be taken into account but we’re very willing to train the right person.

This is for Saturday work from 8am – 5pm. Due to the remote nature of the location, it is advisable that applicants have their own form of transport.

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 a certificate of 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, dependent on experience and qualifications, all PPE equipment and are pro- active in providing additional training to aid career progression.

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

Garden Maintenance Assistant Manager

We are looking for a horticulturalist to assist our garden maintenance manager. The post will suit a RHS level 2 / degree qualified, computer literate and friendly horticulturalist.

Current UK driving licence essential.

The position will involve planning workloads, plant lists and quotes, and advising clients on all aspects of garden care.

Hours of work are 7.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Kitchen Porter

We are looking to recruit a Kitchen Porter 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, helping the chefs.

The successful applicant will be hardworking, cheerful, efficient and willing to help and work in a team. No previous training necessary.

This position is for Mondays to Fridays 10am – 3pm and Saturdays  8am to 5pm, with appropriate breaks during the day.

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

Skilled Hard Landscaper

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

The position requires a candidate with proven experience in all aspects of landscaping as well as being a highly motivated individual.   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, 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 required.

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.   There is the opportunity to progress to Team Leader with this position once the necessary skills have been demonstrated.

Head Gardeners – Full and Part-time Positions Available

We are seeking experienced gardeners to join our professional team. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of hard physical work with a good knowledge of gardening practices and plant knowledge. All applicants must be enthusiastic, able to communicate well within a team and have a good client interface. Both full-time and part-time positions available.  Full, clean driving licence required.

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
Nicholsons
The Park
North Aston
Oxon
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 210
  •    rachel@nicholsonsgb.com