Gardener (Maternity Cover)

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
£17,000 per annum
12 Sep 2017
06 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Waddesdon Manor

Job Description

Job Title: Gardener (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to: Acting Head Gardener

Department: Gardens Department

Location: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0JH

Overall Purpose:

Waddesdon Manor is a historic house open to the public. Created by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild from 1874, it is home to the Rothschild Collection and was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957. Today is managed by a Rothschild charitable trust, The Rothschild Foundation. It currently welcomes over 400,000 visitors a year to the property, just over half of whom visit the house. It has one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, famous for its ornamental bedding, shrub planting and specimen trees, and its excellent horticultural standards.  The Gardens Dept manages the gardens and grounds, the gardens at the Dairy, the Five Arrows Hotel and at 2 contemporary buildings. It also oversees a newly-planted 60-acre Diamond Jubilee Wood.

Waddesdon has 170 permanent members of staff, 170 seasonal members of staff and over 300 volunteers. The Gardens Department is run by the Gardens Manager, and a team of 13 gardeners, 4 students and 25 volunteers. They are divided into 4 specialist teams – Ornamental, Turf, Woodland and the Dairy Garden, each headed by a craft gardener.

Outline of Role

As a member of the Garden Team you will work towards achieving the strategic objectives for the Garden Department.  The Gardener supports the team in ensuring that Waddesdon presents the gardens and grounds to the highest horticultural standards.

You will participate in a range of duties across all areas of the Garden.  

Specific Duties Include

The on-going maintenance and development for the garden is supervised by the Acting Head Gardener, but all team members have significant levels of responsibility and will be expected to perform all aspects of maintenance and be capable of supervising students and volunteers when required.

Good all-round horticultural knowledge which may include: mowing and edging, pruning, planting, tree work, preparation of planting and bedding areas, irrigation, pest control, use and maintenance of appropriate machinery and equipment, for which training will be given, and other horticultural activities as required.

Participation in talks and tours as appropriate

The Gardener will have a role in training students and volunteers, which may on occasion entail being available out of hours.

You are required to work out of normal hours including occasional weekends and Bank Holidays, assisting with the supervision of volunteers, garden tours and assisting with irrigation duties and supporting the team in the bedding changeover in May and October.

Training and Development

As Gardener there is an expectation for you to develop your technical and practical “craft” skills and horticultural knowledge.  The job-holder must attend such training and courses as are considered necessary and appropriate by the Gardens Manager or Head Gardener.

Health and Safety

All staff are expected to observe Health and Safety at Work Regulations as set out by The National Trust in accordance with its statutory obligations, and to ensure compliance with all Health and Safety regulations, statements, guidance notes and COSHH regulations.

Environmental Awareness

All staff are expected to observe both the National Trust’s and Waddesdon Manor’s policy and practices for the protection and improvement of the environment, and to ensure the security of equipment and buildings.


At all times to maintain good working relations with all members of Waddesdon staff.

Skills and Experience

  • A proven interest or track record in gardening and/or horticulture
  • Good people skills to build relationships with the public, colleagues and volunteers
  • A flexible, committed approach with willingness to work as the workload demands
  • Good team player
  • Holding appropriate professional licences such as spraying would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of roses and pruning would also be an advantage
  • Provisional drivers’ license as a minimum

Terms & Conditions

  • One year fixed term contract from October 2017 (maternity cover)
  • Full-time, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week, 8.00am – 4.30pm
  • £17,000 per annum
  • 25 days holidays (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Free National Trust Membership
  • Discounts in our Restaurants and Shops.
  • Matched contribution pension scheme.

Additional Information

Interviews to be held on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at Waddesdon Manor

Similar jobs

Similar jobs