Job description

Festina Lente Mission Statement

Festina Lente provides a unique range of equestrian and horticultural activities, training, recreational events and employment services options with a strong emphasis on social inclusion, choice and personal development

Job Title: Temporary Garden Maintenance Person / Groundskeeper (Pobal Funded) Four month contract

Location: Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Reporting to: Head Gardener

Responsible to: Head of Horticulture /Chief Executive Officer

Main purpose: This role is important in the strategic development of horticulture side of the charity. You will play a valuable part in maintaining the gardens to a high level so that your work will help to create a space that promotes wellbeing and footfall in the gardens.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Main responsibilities of this position include:

• Working as part of a team planning, planting and maintaining all flower beds in the ornamental garden for the spring and summer season.
• Maintaining the raised beds at the entrance.
• Grass cutting and general lawn care.
• Maintaining and cleaning all paths and edging.
• Assisting in the maintenance of the ponds and pond life.
• Working with colleagues maintaining the sensory, woodland trails and meadows.
• Hedge cutting.
• Pruning of the trees for summer and winter.
• Seasonal tasks (bulb planting, dividing and transplanting, selling Christmas trees).
• Operating and safe use of machinery eg. hedge strimmer, leaf blower and lawnmowers etc.
• Assisting with garden projects.
• Tidying and maintaining allotment plots after the season is over, this work is undertaken in January of each year.
• Attending all designated training workshops.
• Active participation in team and staff meetings.
• Complying with the Health & Safety requirements of the organisation and legislation.
• Building and maintaining excellent working relationships with colleagues, learners, service users and customers of Festina Lente
• Contributing to the overall strategic planning of Festina Lente Gardens
• Undertaking any other reasonable duties which may be assigned to you by the CEO


• To be physically fit, hard-working, with a positive attitude, the ability to demonstrate initiative and a good eye for detail
• Manual handling certification
• Highly motivated and willing to work hard and in all sorts of weather
• Team player
• Landscape maintenance and Horticultural experience

Personal Attributes

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience of being a team player
• Proven ability to work on own initiative within a flexible, co-operative team structure
• Solution focused
• Ability to work well on their own, working to schedules and within time frames


• Working Hours: 19.5 hours
Monday & Tuesday 8.30 am – 17.00 pm with a 15 minute paid tea break and 45 minute unpaid lunch break.
Wednesday 8.30am – 12pm.

Flexibility is possible and should be discussed at time of interview.
• Salary: €10.50 per hour
• Pension: Employees have access to PRSA scheme.
• Working Week: Monday to Friday

Benefits Include:

Access to a PRSA Scheme
Ongoing training and Development
Free on-site parking
Bike to work scheme

Annual Leave: Annual Leave will be 20 days per annum. Entitlement to Public Holidays will be in accordance with the Working Time Act of 1997.

Location of the position: Successful applicants will be required to work at Festina Lente, Old Connaught Ave, Bray, Co Wicklow


Closing Date for Applications: 16th September 2022

Please send a copy of your C.V to

Please contact Head Gardener Darren Murphy on the above email if you have any questions in relation to the position.
Interviews will be held: TBC


Selection will involve short listing of applicants for interview based on the criteria for the position as outlined in this job description.
A file may be formed for future vacancies.

For Your Information:
• The position advertised is funded through Pobal. Pobal administer and manage Government and EU funding to address disadvantage and support social inclusion.
• Evidence of your eligibility for this position as laid down in Pobal Guidelines must accompany your application.

Qualifying Criteria for all applicants applying for Pobal Funded Positions:

• Person in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB), Jobseeker’s Assistance (JA), one parent family payment (OPF) or the Jobseeker Transitional Payment
• Persons in receipt of disability allowance (DA), invalidity pension, blind person’s pension or other disability benefit.
• Travellers in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Assistance or one parent family benefit.
• Stabilised and recovering drug mis‐users.
• People employed from Tús, Gateway, Community Employment (CE) and Job Initiatives (JI) schemes are deemed eligible but cannot simultaneously hold a CSP and Tús/Gateway/CE/JI/RSS position. Former RSS workers who were previously CE participants are also eligible.
• Ex‐prisoners.

Festina Lente is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes suitably qualified applicants from all sections of society
Please send a copy of your C.V to