Garden & Outdoors Manager

Liverpool, Merseyside
£27,735 per annum
15 May 2019
05 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you an inspirational leader with great people management skills? Do you understand the importance of excellent customer service? Can you lead a team in looking after our wonderful outdoor spaces? If so, this could be the role for you.

We are looking for an individual with flair, the ability to deliver a strategic long-term vision and a hands-on approach to getting the very best out of their team of skilled staff and dedicated volunteers. There has never been a better time to join the Speke Hall Team as we embark on an ambitions property wide project to deliver benefit to our supporters and to the Trust.

What it's like to work here

Speke Hall is a distinctive black and white Tudor house situated on the banks of the River Mersey. This is a demanding, yet rewarding time to join the property as the team is currently working hard to deliver an ambitious master plan. Speke Hall has plenty of opportunities within customer service and the visitor experience for those who would like to make a contribution to the growth and development of this unique property.

What you'll be doing

As a Gardens & Outdoors Manager, you will make sure that we’re offering the best possible experience for our visitors across the estate. You will lead your team of employees and volunteers, creating a culture of great customer service, capturing imaginations and engaging our visitors and the local community in our nature conservation work.

Implementing plans to protect and enhance the nature conservation and environmental status of Speke Hall, Garden and Estate, you will ensure that our gardens and outdoor spaces are improved and maintained to the highest professional horticultural standards and help keep our distinctive Spirit of Place alive.

You will also be responsible for managing the budget for these areas and making sure that everything is kept on target, as well as keeping potential risks under control.

It's fun, rewarding and satisfying. As a member of the senior Management Team the post holder can exert influence over the development of the outdoor offer and put into action the recently commissioned Garden and Estate Management Plans.

This is a brand-new role; bringing together the Garden and Ranger Teams for the first time; working as one Outdoor Team to meet the ambitions of the property in the short and long term

Who we're looking for

This is a significant role and we need someone who can take on a challenge. To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:

  • Experience of land and access management
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proven track record of managing budgets, finances and small projects
  • Great communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation of historic landscapes
  • Understanding of horticulture
  • Experience of organising garden and outdoor activities

The package


Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!