Assistant Gardener

£16,497 per annum
12 Apr 2018
01 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

If you want a career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in.

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses and our historical places. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our well-kept outdoor spaces, which makes your role vital in making sure they have an amazing experience.

You'll be working approximately 2 days a week but specific working patterns will be discussed at interview.

What it's like to work here

You'll be mainly looking after the amazing gardens in our 4 popular holiday cottages on the Snowshill estate; Honor's Cottage, Spring Cottage, Diston's Cottage and Manor Farmhouse.

You'll also be helping to look after the main garden at Snowshill Manor when needed.

Architect and artist, Charles Wade had a passion for collecting which started at the age of 7. He had a great sense of fun and theatre and filled his home at Snowshill with the eclectic and unlikely treasures that he found over a lifetime. The Manor sits in the beautiful garden he created; a series of terraced courtyards filled with cottage plants and flowers; there’s even a model village, Wolfs Cove. You will likely need your own transport to get here, however this is your chance to work at a unique property within a stunning countryside setting.

What you'll be doing

Looking after our holiday cottage gardens, you’ll assist in making sure that they are maintained to a high standard and be passionate and enthused by plants. This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects. You'll be helping with hard and soft landscaping and general maintenance of the garden, such as mulching, pruning, leaf clearing and weeding. You’ll support with the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants. You’ll be helping to cut the hedges and mow our fine lawns.

As part of this role you’ll be interacting with our visitors and guests whilst you're working, answering their questions. You'll also be helping with winter projects in the main garden at Snowshill and working there throughout the year when the need arises.

As part of this role you’ll be required to work regular weekends (1 in 3 Saturdays).

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Previous practical gardening/horticulture experience, as well as some knowledge of plants and horticultural techniques
  • Familiarity with machinery/equipment and accompanying practical certificates
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety compliance requirements
  • Excellent customer service
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to share the history of the garden with visitors, bringing it to life
  • Commitment for what you are doing, always remaining proud of your work
  • You’ll have an NVQ 1-2 in Amenity Horticulture (or equivalent).
The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan - from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

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