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
It’s an exciting time to work at the celebrated Edwardian retreat of Polesden Lacey. New areas of the property have opened to the public, making this a year-round attraction with lots of opportunities within the team. The property boasts glorious views of the surrounding Surrey Hills, as well as an impressive art collection, manicured gardens and a large National Trust Shop. Colleagues have a great team spirit with close links to the local community. This picturesque property is just four miles outside of Dorking, however you're likely to need your own transport to get here.
Everything in the garden reflects Mrs. Greville's desire to impress her guests with lavish displays, garden tours are available through the day in summer and weekends in the winter.
What you'll be doing
You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses, collections and our historical places. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our well-kept outdoor spaces, which makes your role vital in making sure our visitors have an amazing experience.
We don’t just need you to manage our beautiful gardens, although this is an important part of the role; we’d like you to help manage the team too. As the Senior Gardener in our team, we’d like you to lead by example, with exceptional gardening skills, but you’ll also understand how to manage the workload for this team, and deliver exceptional training to new staff and volunteers.
Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.
Who we're looking for
The minimum criteria required for this role is:
- Significant practical experience in horticulture, supported by appropriate qualifications to RHS Level 3 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
- Good knowledge of plant husbandry and horticultural techniques.
- Experience of leading and participating in garden activities and events.
- Supervisory skills, able to manage a group of volunteers
- Ability to understand the approach needed to reward, recognise and motivate volunteers.
- Some knowledge of budgets and finance.
- Competence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance including tractors, chainsaws and pedestrian mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance.
- Knowledge of Health and Safety and Compliance requirements.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- UK Driver’s License.
Benefits for working at the National Trust:
- Flexible working whenever possible
- Free parking at most locations
- Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes.
- Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- Subsidised health cash plan
- Free 24-hour support service
- Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
- Training & Development tailored to you
- Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.