West Sussex
£14,347 per annum
04 Oct 2016
04 Nov 2016
Gardening Jobs


Salary: £14,347 per annum

Contract: Permanent part time (1560 hours per year)

Location: Nymans, Handcross, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

Job ref: IRC42971

If you want a career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in as well as one of the largest plant collections in Europe.

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses, collections 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 our visitors have an amazing experience.

Described as one of the horticultural jewels in the National Trust and one of the top gardens in the UK. Nymans has so much to offer, not just for our talented and highly qualified garden and nursery team, but also for our visitors who come to enjoy the exceptional plant collection we have here.

A garden dramatic and intimate, bold and accessible; Nymans also holds one of the National Trust’s great plant collections. The garden was created around the expeditions of Frank Kingdom- - Ward, George Forrest, and Harold Comber and features outstanding specimens from China, Nepal, Tasmania, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand. More open and flowing than a ‘garden of rooms’, the June Border, Rose Garden, Sunk Garden, South African meadow, Rock garden and famous Summer Borders representing Nymans’ distinctive blend of formality and informality to perfection.

About the role

In your role you will be based in the glasshouse and nursery, you’ll assist in making sure that the Nymans nursery is maintained to a high standard and be passionate and enthused by plants. This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks and varied propagation work. You will also help with management of the nursery volunteers and support junior members of staff, trainees and interns. You will also be expected to liaise with our plant centre team on the weekly delivery of plants that we grow in our nursery especially for the plant centre known as ‘The Nymans Collection’.

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses and our historical places. Other key parts of the role are helping with, our IPM programme, propagation for both the garden and the plant centre and helping to take Nymans to the next level on our environmental practices, including working towards a no chemical policy over the next three years.

As a property that is garden led you will be expected to interact with the public on a daily basis, answering the many questions, help with propagation workshops, nursery tours and help set up events when needed. You will also be expected to work occasional weekends as part of a rota.

The role is 4 days a week, working the core part of the week is essential, but other days can be flexible.

About you

Nymans is a garden of experimentation and innovation and pioneers green practices in the National Trust. So we want someone that is creative and thinks outside the box and can help share our magical story with visitors and supporters of all ages and backgrounds. We want you to have an eye for detail and experience of looking after and the maintenance of both plants and a working nursery area. Experience working with and leading teams of volunteers is also desirable. We don’t want you to just tend to the nursery but be proud of it, and be comfortable sharing your knowledge with our interested visitors.

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

  • RHS Level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Excellent understanding of horticultural techniques and plant identification
  • Confidence to participate in garden activities and events
  • Competence with garden machinery/equipment use

    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

    To apply for this role or for more information please follow:

    Closing date: 16th October 2016.

    Provisional interview date: 24th October 2016.