Head gardener for Tenuta Aurora, Italy | Biodynamic Association

Head gardener for Tenuta Aurora, Italy

5th September 2018
Therapeutic Garden Co-ordinator (Male*) *Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1 Lothlorian Therapeutic Community
7th September 2018

Tenuta Aurora is a private, fine-art inspired landscape park on the southern edge of the Etruscan volcano basin of Lago di Bolsena (Lazio, Rome). This extraordinary landscape park with renewed traditional architecture and tree compositions, diverse hedges and flower gardens is extended on about 20 ha and is surrounded by a biodynamic olive and hazelnut farm of about 100 ha.

We are looking for a head gardener or landscaper to supervise 2 -7 employees, plus seasonal volunteers and contractors and to coordinate with the agricultural team. The whole project is organic and biodynamic certified. Candidates must be willing to get to work with a positive attitude and must pay attention to detail and take pride in a job well done.

Job start along agreement, Lodging can be provided.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Assures maintenance of estate, equipment and supplies
  • Supervise team with planning and scheduling of specialized gardens and trees
  • Reports problems and issues and assists with resolution
  • Maintains regular contact with the owner and coordinates work with agricultural staff
  • Assists the team with hands-on production work
  • Demonstrates work and provides training to team


  • High school or GED preferred
  • 5+ years-experience in an institutional setting where fine gardening is practiced
  • Bi-lingual skills English and Italian
  • Requires a driver’s license
  • Must be able to organize daily work and instruct team members to complete work assigned and follow both verbal and written instructions
  • Knowledge in organic gardening

Knowledge, Skills

  • Highly experienced in performing core gardening and landscape processes
  • Well-versed in cuttings and pruning shrubs
  • Competent at operating powered equipment such as mowers, tractors, sod cutters and pruning saws.
  • Solid track record of handling mulching, aerating, weeding and grubbing tasks to care for established lawns.
  • Adept at planting seeds, bulbs, grass and trees by determining appropriate grounds and using dedicated gardening tools.
  • Proficient in following planned landscaping designs
  • Proficient in undertaking basic and preventative servicing and repairing of garden machinery and tools
  • Proven ability to prune and trim trees and shrubs in accordance to directives provided by supervisor.
  • Documented success in creating and implementing landscaping plans according to type of soil and expanse.
  • First-hand experience in laying out with organic gardening, organic fertilizers and allowed inputs in organic gardening to ensure certification
  • Social competence for team work
  • Basic computer skills with office software and email applications


If you are interested and independent to start a new step in your career in Bolsena IT for at least 3-5 years, please send your application to

Claudia and Karsten Greve, Tenuta Aurora, Grotte di Castro,  tenutaaurora@gmail.com