Grounds Person/Caretaker Job

  • Sector: Private Households & Estates
  • Function: Caretaker, Groundskeeper
  • Contact: Bianca De Freitas
  • Contact Phone: +442072339950
  • Start Date: As soon as the right person is found
  • Location: East Devon District
  • Salary: £35,000 GPA
  • Job Ref: 114988
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Live-in Grounds Person/Caretaker, East Devon 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Grounds Person/Caretaker for our clients in East Devon. The estate has formal gardens made up of lawns including fine turf, box hedging, formal beds, herbaceous borders, topiary, a walled garden, glasshouse, rose gardens, a pond, stream and a small lake. It also has a poly tunnel for growing seedlings, vegetables and fruit. The property features a main house and 2 cottages and has both smart technology in combination with antique fixtures and fittings. 


  • Working with the Gardener to maintain and develop the main gardens: lawns, borders, rose garden, vegetable gardens, green house, fruit cage, polytunnel and woodland gardens

  • Assisting with the cultivation of fruit and vegetables; harvesting produce and preparing it for use in the house

  • Assisting with the cleaning and care of garden tools and machinery; keeping the gardeners yard and stores clean and tidy; care for the parkland, games field, lake and pond, and fields. 

  • Assistance with cleaning (regular sweeping and seasonal jet washing) and maintenance of steps, paths around house, patios and terraces; regular cleaning of outdoor sports areas (pool, tennis court, cricket net, pavilion); cleaning, maintenance and upkeep of leisure facilities and equipment (hot tub, tree house, caravan, boats etc); cleaning outdoor furniture, putting out cushions and umbrellas, opening pool ready for use and shutting up afterwards, assisting the housekeeper to keep changing areas clean and tidy; clearing leaves from the tennis court; stocking tennis pavilion fridge; helping set up for outdoor meals; setting up barbecue etc.

  • Daily unlocking and locking up of the grounds and estate buildings; organising rubbish and recycling; collecting and distributing post; being on call

  • Animal care:  responsibility for the chickens; dog walking and sole charge of family dogs when family are away.

  • Assistance in the house: clearing and laying fires, bringing in wood; occasional help with general housekeeping if the housekeeper is away or when house is very busy e.g. laying tables, clearing up, helping the chef etc.

  • Support to the rest of the outdoor team where appropriate

  • Responsible for liaising with outdoor contractors, where necessary

  • Responsibility for the estate duty phone 24/7 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and drive to produce the very best results possible, while working harmoniously as part of an established team and have a keen eye for detail. The successful candidate will present themselves as a helpful and patient individual, who will take direction and be flexible where necessary.

  • Have previous experience working as a Grounds Person for a private family

  • Experience of working in formal gardens as well as larger estates.

  • Full driver’s licence

  • Be hard-working, reliable, flexible and self-motivated 

DBS check required at offer stage 

Accommodation: 1 bed en-suite room with shared kitchenette with both rent and bills paid for by the estate (groceries not included) No pets or dependents will be considered

Salary: up to £35,000 gross per annum DoE + discretionary bonus (based on performance)

Working Days & hours: 5 days per week Friday to Tuesday (Wednesday and Thursday off) – 45 hours per week

Start Date: ASAP

Job Ref: 114988

Consultant responsible: Bianca De Freitas