Current Vacancies

Horticultural Manager

We are keen to recruit a new horticultural manager.  The new incumbent will have responsibility for a small team on the plantarea and nursery, and will be expected to work in the shop, too, out of the peak season.  Indeed, candidates with appropriate and in-depth retail experience could be offered a more senior post with responsibility for the shop team as well.  Our plantarea was once described as outstanding and the jewel in our crown.  To remain worthy of such an accolade we need a dynamic manager with both a passion for plants and a focus on plant sales.  To achieve the latter, strong merchandising skills are required. We are fans of the horticultural apprenticeship scheme and have jsut recruited another young apprentice.  Our ideal candidate for this position will have good management and leadership skills with a proven record of training other members of staff in plant care.  It goes without saying that the successful candidate will have strong plant knowledge, but he or she must be able to translate this into good plant advice that generates sales.  Good communication skills and experience of plant sales in a retail environment are therefore equally as important.


Plantarea Supervisor

A vacancy has recently arisen for a skilled horticulturalist to work on our plantarea, part or full time.  Candidates must have appropriate experience of the care of ornamental plants, including hand irrigation, gained ideally in a retail environment such as a garden centre or retail nursery.  The position would suit a plantarea assistant looking to take on a bigger challenge.  Like all the plantarea staff, the role would include working in the shop outside of the main horticultural season.  A commitment to work at least one weekend day during spring and summer months is also essential.


Plantarea Assistant

We are interested in receiving applications from candidates with a strong interest in horticulture, backed up by some knowledge and experience, although we have no immediate requirement at present.  Whilst in season, much of the work is necessarily outdoors, we also require our plantarea team to be till trained and to work in the shop out of season and during busy periods.   The position requires regularly working on a Saturday or Sunday.


Retail Sales Assistants

In March we will be expanding our team ready for the coming peak season.  We would like to hear from candidates with appropriate experience to work in our Garden Care or Cookshop departments.  The garden care role involves advising customers on the care of plants, including identification and control of pests and diseases, so some gardening knowledge is required.  The role in the Cook Shop includes advising customers on the most appropriate choice of cooking equipment and utensils so appropriate knowledge and a passion for cooking is essential.  Both roles can be part or full time, but will require a commitment to work either a Saturday or Sunday every week.


Catering Manager

We are expanding our catering department and aim soon to open a bistro offering a finer dining alternative to our traditional garden centre café.  The quality of the food will be at the heart of our success and our philosophy is, ‘fresh, wholesome and local’.  To this end, nearly all our food is prepared freshly on site, including the cakes and scones.  As we develop, we see an opportunity to sell our home-produced food through a food hall, perhaps this September. Accordingly, we need an experienced, dynamic and motivational manager to lead the front of house team and help develop the food offer. Priority will be given to candidates with the ability to provide kitchen cover for the chef on her days off and holidays.  We are not open in the evenings, except once or twice a month for events, but we are open 7 days a week until 5pm, so there is a requirement to work one fixed weekend day per week.  Even so, the hours are likely to appeal to someone looking to improve their work/life balance.

Candidates must have proven experience of leading small teams in a commercial catering environment.  Catering qualifications are desirable, but not essential.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the alarm call roster and must live within twenty minutes’ drive time of the centre.


Catering Supervisor

From mid-May we will have a full or part time vacancy for a supervisor to oversee the front of house operations. Presently this comprises the coffee bar and dining areas, but once the new bistro opens, it will also encompass an at-seat service in the new facility.  The new supervisor will be expected to deputise for the manager and provide front of house supervisory cover in his or her absence, including opening/closing up and cashing up.  Candidates must have experience of working in a café or similar catering operation, and ideally some supervisory experience.  We are not open in the evenings, except once or twice a month for events, but we are open 7 days a week until 5pm, so there is a requirement to work one fixed weekend day per week.


Catering Assistants

In May, when our newly refurbished bistro opens, we will have vacancies for one full time and two part time catering assistants working front of house, serving customers and hot beverages.    We are seeking a mix of candidates, with or without relevant professional experience, but some form of customer service experience is essential.  All staff will be required to work one fixed weekend day per week.


Weekend Catering Assistants

Our catering facilities are at their busiest at the weekends so we are seeking weekend staff to supplement the team, working front of house, serving food and beverages. The vacancies are ideal for students, but applicants must be aged 17 or over (exceptionally we will take mature 16 year old candidates approaching their 17th birthday, but for a maximum shift of 5 hours).


Further Information

For all currently vacant positions advertised please send a completed application form or a letter of application (eg CV with covering letter) clearly stating for which position(s) the application is made and preferred working hours by email to or post to the following address:

Mr S Lewis
Dunscar Garden Centre Limited
106 – 116 Southport New Road,
Lancashire, PR4 6HY

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