Ref: 1620751

Original Listing

Company: 1620751

Salary: 20,345 - 21,525

Closing Date: Closing date: 24 Apr 2019

Location: Northwich, North West, CW8 2ES

Nursery Operative

Background Information of Unit

Delamere Nursery lies 10 miles east of Chester, in several production units just off the A556 close to the Delamere Forest area.

Delamere Nursery has a current annual program of up to 12 million forest usable plants. A wide range of both conifer and broadleaved species are grown using several nursery techniques. The majority of stock within Delamere is open nursery produced, but almost half of the plants spend at least some of its time in our extensive poly and glasshouse facilities.

Purpose of the Job

The role of Nursery Operative is to conduct crop husbandry, undertaking a wide range of horticultural roles both physical and mental, in outdoor and indoor settings, facilitating the general running of the nursery with regards infrastructure, plant packing and dispatch. A significant aspect of crop husbandry is pest control which includes pesticide handling, application and storage with stringent adherence to associated legislation. Nursery operatives are expected to provide the first level of support and direction to seasonal agency staff to ensure nursery operations are carried out professionally and effectively.

Key Work Areas

Specific work areas include:-

Plant husbandry:
- Professional use of agricultural machinery and agro-chemicals in an efficient and organised manner. Following verbal/written instruction and guidance from supervisors, training, guidelines and manufacturers instructions.
- Diligent care of crops in terms of pests, irrigation plant nutrition and associated soil health. With plant care administered within tight windows of opportunity.

- Storage, handling and record keeping of pesticides
- Practical hands-on abilities

Delivery (plant dispatch):
- Understand what is required of them in their role and how this contributes to team and Departmental priorities.
- Work in an organised manner using own knowledge and expertise to deliver on time and to standard
- Take responsibility for the quality of own work and keep supervisor/manager informed of how the work is progressing
- Participate in quality assurance of products or services

Health and Safety:
- Embrace and Integrate a health and safety attitude into all activities
- Properly utilise instruction and training received.
- Suggest checklist/risk assessment/tool box talk when undertaking a job which you feel requires it.
- Gain the knowledge needed to follow the relevant legislation, policies, procedures and rules that apply to the job
- Understand and apply in a pragmatic manner environmental legislation and know where to refer to up to date information.

Team working:
- Have the confidence to take the lead when required
- Work as part of a team
- Give and receive positive input to a well-established and experienced team.



Able to work in a variety horticultural/agricultural of settings indoor and outdoor in all weathers as part of a team and independently

Demonstrate knowledge in horticulture/agriculture and/or plant science

Work in a flexible and adaptable manner


Have a keen interest in using farm machinery (training will be provided)

Knowledge of forestry practice

Trained and experience of pesticide handling, application and storage

Professional and Technical Expertise


GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above in Science(s), English and Math’s

IT capability, specifically Microsoft Office


Educated or experience in Forestry or Land Management


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

• Changing and Improving
• Managing a Quality Service
• Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

At interview we will assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

• Use operators pre-shift checklist
• Identify key components of equipment
• Describe procedure for a particular operation