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Senior Gardener

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Would you like to use your passion and creativity to nurture one of the country's most prestigious gardens and inspire visitors from across the world? Then join us as Senior Gardener at Walmer Castle and Gardens. Walmer Castle and Gardens, brimming with historic character and exciting gardening opportunities, offers a remarkable setting in which to take the next step in your career.

Working closely with our Head Gardener, you'll be playing a vital role in ensuring that all work carried out in our gardens by our fantastic teams of gardeners and volunteers is to the highest of standards. And you'll find imaginative ways of bringing to life the stories that our gardens tell, helping visitors of all ages to make new discoveries.

We're looking for someone with high-quality garden experience and the specialist skills required for this particular site; excellent plant knowledge and horticultural skills; and a talent for leadership. You'll know how to ensure visitors enjoy their day out - from sharing your gardening knowledge, to ensuring their health and safety. Being able to ensure smooth running of weekly job rotas and input into the seasonal work plans are also a must for this busy and dynamic role.

You'll find it's a workplace like no other - taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.

By joining us, you'll enjoy the rewards of a great team environment in inspiring locations, helping to make our site a wonderful place to visit. You'll also be joining our charity, which through our 400+ historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. We offer a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, 25 days leave a year and free entry to all English Heritage properties for you, another adult and up to 6 children (under the age of 19).

Please note; you will be limited to applying for this role at just one site at a time. If we have several of these roles currently available that you are interested in, only apply for the role at the location that is most suitable for you. If your application is successful at the short listing stage, you will get the opportunity to let us know of any other sites you might be interested in working at.

Company

Joining us means working somewhere a little different. A career with us as part of our Gardens Team could see you conserve and restore some of the most significant gardens in England, and enable our visitors to enjoy the great cultural heritage of our gardens.

We have dedicated garden teams who maintain and bring to life 11 key gardens across England.  Our gardens illustrate the depth of horticultural history from across the centuries, from the Elizabethan garden at Kenilworth Castle through to the 1930’s gardens at Eltham Place, and vary in size from Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his garden of international significance, to the magnificent Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. 

Career paths

A passion for gardens and people is essential as our gardens provide the focal point of many of our visitors seeking to understand both the history as well as our future plans. You could join us within a number of different roles from Trainee or Gardener through to a Head Gardener or Gardens Advisor. Each site will offer a unique starting point from where you can shape a career that aligns with your horticultural skills and personal interests. 

Contact Us
  • Engine House
  • Swindon
  • SN2 2EH
  • United Kingdom
  • 01179 750739
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