Estate Gardener

The Inn at Little Washington

Washington , Virginia

The Head gardener for the Inn at Little Washington will oversee the maintenance and development of our world renowned property and its gorgeous landscapes. The Head Gardener will achieve this by applying standard as well as specialized horticultural practices. These tasks include, but are not limited to: weeding, trimming, watering, pruning, planting, shoveling, sawing, sweeping, raking, snow removal, and the use of power equipment.

About The Inn at Little Washington: Join one of America's most award-winning restaurants, The Inn at Little Washington. Located in the beautiful Virginia countryside just 67 miles west of Washington DC, The Inn at Little Washington is a culinary oasis akin to visiting a Michelin-starred restaurant in the European countryside. Established in 1978, The Inn is a member of Relais & Chateaux.

The head gardener manages a crew of assistant gardeners. Crew management involves time management of the crew, time keeping of the crew members, training crew members, and maintaining morale on daily basis. The head gardener sees to it that the crew works diligently and carefully, and that Estate Landscape’s mission and code of ethics are always followed. The head gardener reports to the owner and sole proprietor of The Inn at Little Washington, Chef Patrick O’Connell.

Work is conducted in all types of weather, from heat to wind to wet and cold. Therefore, it’s expected that the Head Gardener will be able to work in these different climate extremes, and will be prepared to do so. The gardener must be physically able to bend over or kneel for extended periods of time, and be able to lift objects of up to 70 pounds in weight.

Head gardeners are often responsible for a company vehicle. They are to have a clean motor vehicle driving record at all times. They are responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle according to the manufacturers recommendations, as well as assuring that the vehicle is operated in a safe manner at all times.

Since there is a high level of customer interaction, the head gardener needs to exhibit adequate communication skills, and is expected to always project a professional and pleasant attitude to our clients.

Work days are from Monday through Friday. The work day begins at 7am, and usually ends at 3:30pm, mid-day meals are provided on most days. The work is seasonal with the bulk of work being done between mid-March and November.

The ideal candidate for this position is team-spirited, flexible, hard-working, and creative. He or she can work cheerfully with a diverse and close knit group of individuals dedicated to the craft of professional gardening. Also, he or she should have a college degree in horticulture, or a demonstrable experience in horticultural management. Candidates should be prepared to show work samples.

We offer competitive wages for the right candidates. Health benefits, vacation time, and retirement plan are available after a 30-day introductory period.