Estate Gardener

Private Residence

Estate Gardener (F/T)
San Anselmo, CA

Seeking an experienced gardener for a multi-acre private residential estate in San Anselmo to work under the supervision of the Estate Manager and Chef and manage an assistant and outside vendors (rosarian, gardening crew).

The grounds include an ¼ acre orchard, poolside plantings, extensive culinary beds, and a small cutting garden. The Estate Gardener will be responsible for various horticultural tasks related to the continued health and productivity of these gardens and plantings, as they will be responsible for supplying the family with fresh organic produce, flowers, and fruit as available, as specified by the family and chef. The Estate Gardener position is full-time, Monday through Friday between 8:30am – 5:30pm, and may require communication outside normal working hours and additional work during events.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations and year-round production of the estate’s culinary and walking gardens.
  • Develop and maintain organic vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower-producing gardens by crafting and implementing a detailed garden maintenance plan.
  • Cultivating and purchasing seeds, harvesting all crops, sorting and storing produce, and delivering to the chef in a timely manner following the harvest schedule.
  • Provide the Estate Manager and Chef with weekly reports regarding available and upcoming produce, issues relating to the garden, and long-term sustainable garden plans.
  • Troubleshoot irrigation issues and set timers for seasonal crop growth and cycles.
  • Communicate with all managers on the property regarding any significant overlapping issues or repairs in the gardens/land that are needed and update the Calendar and Notes appropriately.
  • For future reference, keep records of all work carried out in the gardens, such as planting and harvest plans.
  • Label all garden beds, harvests, and rose gardens with referenced support.
  • Maintain a small-scale beekeeping and honey operation and internal composting program.
  • Supervise and manage the Assistant Gardener (track hours, scheduling, etc.) and various outside vendors.
  • Work with the housekeepers to provide cutting flowers for the house when required.
  • Maintain utmost cleanliness (exterior and organizational) of the garden shed and lath house, including cleanliness and inventory of all food containers, tools and garden equipment.
  • Ensure all health and safety and compliance requirements are adhered to, including the use of personal protective equipment and safe working practices.
  • Oversee the budget for the edible garden and orchard.
  • Be available to lead tours of the garden/property for guests/groups and participate in all manager meetings and staff activities (e.g., assembly of holiday gift baskets)

Job Qualifications:
Familiarity with all aspects of organic growing of a wide variety of vegetables, tree fruits, small fruits, herbs, roses, and other flowers is required.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 5 years of gardening/horticulture experience
  • Must speak, read and write English; fluency in Spanish is a plus
  • Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills
  • Knowledge of organic fertilizers and pesticides and their uses.
  • Maintaining the health and fertility of organic soil
  • Successive timing of sowings, plantings, and harvests
  • Knowledge of the pruning & trimming of fruit trees, roses, and many other perennial and annual plants
  • Proper harvesting, handling, and storing of a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
  • Adaptable to different working conditions and able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Irrigation (maintaining, designing, and installing both drip and PVC-related components)
  • Greenhouse management and seed starting, composting, and cover cropping.
  • Basic understanding of Mac and Office computer environments, proficiency in Office Suite and Dropbox.
  • Working and coordinating with others demonstrate leadership, ownership, alacrity, and organizational skills.
  • Strong work ethic, excellent integrity, and a sense of fun and desire to work with a collaborative team and family!Other helpful skills:
    Basic tractor operation- towing/hauling, front-loader work,
    Beekeeping experienceCOMPENSATION:
    $85k – $95k depending on experience level.
    Paid Health and Dental, 401k
    Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time.

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