Ref: 1619065

Original Listing

Company: 1619065

Salary: £20,345 - £21,525

Closing Date: Closing date: 24 Apr 2019

Location: Northwich, North West, CW8 2ES

Nursery spray operative

Background Information

Delamere Nursery lies 10 miles east of Chester, operating from several production units just off the A556 close to the Delamere Forest area. Delamere Nursery has a current annual programme to supply the Public forest estate with up to 12 million forest usable trees. A wide range of mainly conifer and some broadleaved species are grown from seed and cuttings to meet this demand. The majority of stock is produced on our open nursery as a bare-root product but around a third are containerised, grown in our polytunnel and glasshouse complex. The container nursery also produces up to 1 million rooted cuttings for use on the open nursery.

Purpose of the Job

To produce 12 million trees there is inevitably pesticide use. There is also a need to use pesticides to help protect trees from pine weevil ( hylobius abietis) and black pine beetle ( Hylastes) after out-planting into their final location.

This role is centered around pesticide application using various pieces of equipment. These include knapsack sprayer, weedwiper and our bespoke insecticide application machine.

The goal is to provide a high level of plant protection and weed control as well as reducing pesticide use by correct selection of product and rate of use with a timely application.

Key Work Areas

Specific work areas include:-

Application of pesticides using various methods and machinery in a professional and organised manner. Follow spray programs and develop a working knowledge of the pests, diseases and weeds associated with tree production.

Support and assist the BASIS registered Nursery chemical store keeper. The right candidate will be put forward and supported in achieving the BASIS store keepers qualification where this is not already held.

Follow verbal/written instruction and guidance from supervisors, training, guidelines and manufacturer’s instructions and at times lead agency staff on tasks.

Must be self-motivated, working at pace, on your own or as part of a team.

Nursery operations and maintenance to be led in as safe a manner as possible. Use and adhere to risk assessment /tool box talk when undertaking a job. Make relevant suggestions or amendments as part of the process, using and developing best practice.

Adhere to any bio-security measures necessary.

Separation of waste into correct waste streams. Awareness of pollution control kits and procedure and undertake training in this area when necessary.

Any other nursery operations as and when necessary.

Essential Experience

Ability to work in a variety of horticultural / agricultural settings, indoor and outdoor in all weathers as part of a team or independently in a flexible and adaptable manner

Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or transferrable skills where little or no direct work in this field has been undertaken

Demonstrable knowledge of horticulture/agriculture and/or plant science

Desirable experience

Experience in forestry or tree related industry

Experience of pesticide use and application within a professional setting

Knowledge of pesticides and their use, in the absence of professional experience

Professional and Technical Expertise


GCSE grade C or above in Science(s), English and Maths

Basic computer skills such as email or use of web based search engines

Be open to training and the development of the role

Must have good communication skills


Educated in or Knowledge of Forestry or Horticulture

PA1 and PA6 pesticide application certificate and other relevant qualifications

Ability to use Microsoft office applications

At interview you will be assessed against the following criteria.


1. Working together

2. Managing a quality service


Your experience will be assessed alongside the other elements at interview. We are not looking at how long you have served in a particular job, but rather at direct and transferable skills as well as performance.


If you are invited to interview, there will be a short assessment based on technical ability.