We are about to embark on an ambitious project here at Gibside and are looking for a Senior Gardener to support this. If you are an energetic people person with previous experience in the propagation of plant collections we'd love to hear from you.
What it's like to work here
We are currently in the feasibility stage of a new walled garden project involving a redesign to create a contemporary space that reflects the surrounding historic landscape and tells the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, a key Gibside character. It is an exciting development and part of an even larger visitor infrastructure improvement project.
The new garden is designed by an award-winning designer and is expected to be a real horticultural gem. It is a playful interpretation, with something for all ages. The planting is both sculptural and colourful, providing nectar for wildlife and seasonal interest all year round.
What you'll be doing
In response to Gibside’s work within the local urban community, we have decided to grow all 38,000 herbaceous plants for the new garden in collaboration with local community groups. You will be involved in developing a community engagement programme in conjunction with schools, community groups and visitors, ensuring everyone is engaged with the project and new skills are developed in the process. You will be carrying out your work with assistance from a new group of propagation volunteers and an assistant gardener which you will recruit.
You will be responsible for running the program, looking after budgets and managing a small team of staff and volunteers.
Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.
Who we're looking for
To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Significant practical experience in horticulture, including enhanced propagation skills, supported by relevant qualifications
- Have significant experience of any of the following; community working, learning and development, partnership working and interpretation
- Be motivated and able to use your own initiative, as you will be the lead on this part of the project
- Competent with the use and maintenance of garden machinery and equipment relevant to this role
- Knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation and practice
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, a loan towards rental deposits 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!