National Trust


BT22 2AD, Newtownards
10 Oct 2018
30 Oct 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

Mount Stewart is one of the most significant gardens in the UK and was selected as one of the top 10 gardens in the world by the Daily Telegraph. The role of propagator at this outstanding garden will involve curation of one of the largest plant collections in the UK outside a botanic garden. The post holder will have a comprehensive knowledge of plants and propagation technics. Delegated responsibility for leading a small team of staff and volunteers preserving and enhancing the plant collection at Mount Stewart, managing the nursery and as part of the garden leadership team involved in the supervisor of gardening activities elsewhere in the garden when required.

Please note due to the nature of this role a full driving licence is required.

This role is required to work with vulnerable groups including children and any offer of employment or volunteering is subject to a satisfactory enhanced NI Access check.

What you'll be doing

A confident, positive asset to any team, you’re truly passionate about plants and gardening and you’ll want to make the most of this rare opportunity to share such a diverse and fascinating environment. Joining our dedicated garden team, you’ll look after the day-to-day management of the nursery, propagating and producing a wide variety of plants (for both permanent and seasonal display) for the garden, paying close attention to our Priority Propagation programme and Conservation Plan. This will include managing stock control, plant production and plant movement records. You’ll also work closely with your team, supporting the garden manager in fostering an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and commitment, as well as helping to select plants for sale.

Helping to curate this unique garden, you’ll drive forward experimentation and innovative planting, whilst constantly thinking of ways to engage our supporters through tours, walks and other community engagement initiatives.

Internally this role will be known as Senior Gardener

Who we're looking for

Bringing extensive plant knowledge and propagating skills, you’ll understand the principles of integrated pest control, having spent time in a nursery before. You'll be qualified to NVQ3 (or equivalent), have your PA1 & PA6 Spraying certificates and a valid driving licence, as well as being flexible enough to regularly commit to alternate weekend working and out of hours duties.

We do not accept CVs or covering letters for Northern Ireland vacancies. Please fill out the online application form on the National Trust Jobs website.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants regardless of religious beliefs, political opinion, race, sex, marital status, age or disability.