Permanent f/t (1950 hrs py)
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.
What it's like to work here
This captivating 16th century Tudor manor house is renowned for its fine collection of textiles and elegant gardens. The team is focused on conservation projects, as well as providing an exceptional family-friendly visitor experience. The new café serves a delicious selection of produce grown in Packwood’s kitchen garden. Packwood House is part of a trio of properties alongside Baddesley Clinton and Coughton Court, so collaborative working between staff and volunteers is encouraged.
What you'll be doing
As a hands-on Gardener, you’ll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. You’ll be passionate and enthused and knowledgeable about the varied plants within the garden. 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 to present the renowned colourful mixed borders and assist with the propagation and aftercare of a diverse range of plants for the garden in our nursery. 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. You’ll also take ownership of specific areas of the garden ensuring the highest standards are maintained and healthy plants are available for our visitors to enjoy.
You’ll also support garden volunteers and help them to make the most of their time here. You’ll be expected to interact with the public on a daily basis, answering the many questions, or help out with gardening workshops, tours and helping set up events when needed.
Who we're looking for
To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the below:
•Trained as a professional gardener/horticulturalist with a good level of practical experience.
•RHS Level 2 or equivalent.
•Have proven practical gardening/horticulture experience, as well as a strong knowledge of plants
•Confidence to participate in garden activities and events
•Competence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance; including tractors, chainsaws, and pedestrian mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance.
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
Closing Date: 29 September 2017
For more information and to apply please click the application button below.