Careers at Jekka's

We have exciting plans at Jekka's and are looking for people to join our team. See below for current opportunities.

At Jekka's we aim to inspire people to grow and use herbs as well as to gain knowledge about the power of herbs. We are delighted with the great responses we receive to our Master Classes, Open Days and Gardens. We are continually developing our website with new seeds, blogs mail order kits and herb boxes, in 2023 we are running the second Jekka's HerbFest and we are building a large culinary and medicinal Herb Garden at the herb farm in South Gloucestershire. We are growing our plans for 2023 and are looking for passionate people to join our team.

As part of a small team you will work on a large variety of tasks including developing and using skills in propagation of an ever expanding herb collection, to working with leading landscapers growing for their RHS Chelsea gardens. See here, for some of the gardens we have completed.

Jekka's is unique in the fact that we propagate and sow most of our collection of over 400 culinary & medicinal herbs on our farm in South Gloucestershire (see how to find us here).

Our current open positions are:
- Gardener
- Senior Horticulturist

If you are passionate about herbs and relate to our core values, which includes protecting the environment (read Jekka's blog), then please get in touch (either via email, sales@jekkas.com or using our contacts form here).  

Please note, we are a working farm and will respond as soon as possible but we are not able to respond to all applications.

As we are situated down a country lane, own transport is essential for all applicants.

Updated June 2024

Gardener

We are looking for an enthusiastic Gardener to join our team and support the maintenance and development of Jekka's Herb Garden.

About the role:

Perfect role for a person with gardening experience who wishes to work in a leading herb farm on a variety of tasks from predominately gardening to supporting Jekka's Herb Experiences (master classes, open days and group visits).

Day to day tasks will vary and the applicants needs to be both flexible and adaptable to meet the requirements of the farm. Tasks that will include:

- Maintenance of Jekka's Herb Garden.
- Maintenance and development of the private garden;
- Maintenance of the general areas around the Herb Farm including Jekka’s Herbetum;
- Providing support for Jekka's Herb Experiences, including Open Day's and Jekka's HerbFest; this involves weekend work.
- General horticultural tasks including potting, labeling and moving stock.

Essential experience:

- Passion for plants, gardening and a desire to learn;
- Previous gardening experience (ideally 3 years +);
- Flexibility and willing to pick up new tasks to support the wider team.
- We are situated down a country lane, so own transport is essential.

Desirable experience:

- Working on a horticultural nursery / herb farm;
- Working in a family business;
- RHS or equivalent horticultural qualifications.

Working hours: A full-time position requiring 39 hours per week but open to discussing reduced & flexible hours for the right candidate. You must be willing to adapt your schedule to meet operational and visitor demands, which may include weekend work.

Contract: Permanent position

Interview process: Successful applicants will have a phone interview followed by an on-site interview including meeting the team.

Salary: Pay according to experience.

Applications: Please email a CV and cover letter to sales@jekkas.com

Closes: 28th June

Full-time Senior Horticulturist

This is a full-time role for a professional and experienced horticulturalist.

About the role:

We are looking for a highly skilled horticulturist to take a leading role in managing the outside production of herbs at Jekka's. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a leading UK herb nursery and to help oversee the entire growing production. The horticultural team are dedicated to the care and maintenance of our very wide variety of herbs. The applicant needs to be strong in the fundamental horticulture skills and is keen to learn, develop, teach and manage.

Day to day tasks vary with the seasons and the applicant needs to be both flexible and adaptable to meet the requirements of the farm. Typical tasks include maintaining the stock levels through propagation and ensuring the herbs are correctly maintained by watering, cleaning and controlling pest and disease.

Essential experience:

- A passion for herbs and working outdoors (all year round) is essential;
- Strong experience in propagation, potting and watering;
- Knowledge and experience working with herbs
- A desire to share and teach not only the team but members of the public;
- Previous experience in managing a commercial nursery (or equivalent);
- A good knowledge of pests and diseases;
- The ability to manage and motivate a small team;
- We are situated down a country lane, so own transport is essential.

Desirable experience:

- Management of small (growing), diverse teams;
- Working with customers in sales and support;
- RHS level 3 or equivalent;
- Working in a family business.

Working hours: 39 hours per week and must be prepared to be flexible to meet operational and visitor requirements.

Contract: Permanent position.

Interview process: Successful applicants will have a phone interview with Jekka followed by an on-site interview including meeting the team.

Salary: Pay according to experience.

Applications: Please email a CV and cover letter to sales@jekkas.com

Closes:  Open to applications