Seasonal Garden Assistant

Employer
National Trust
Location
Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY
Salary
£18720
Closing date
3 Jul 2022
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Job Details

Summary                

Working within a bustling atmosphere as part of passionate team this role as a Seasonal Garden Assistant plays a core part in providing fantastic customer service.

We're looking for someone to work Tuesday to Friday, typically 7.5 hours a day, with normal working hours being 8am-4pm. However,  there is flexibility in this as the role is based on annualised hours, where the amount of hours you work each month may vary, however your salary will be paid in 12 equal instalments over the year.

What it's like to work here                

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.

For more information about our property please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey

What you'll be doing                

As part of the garden team, you’ll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. Working under the close supervision of the garden team, you'll undertake basic horticultural tasks and help ensure the highest standards of conservation, horticulture and visitor experience.

This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects. You'll be helping with hard and soft landscaping and general maintenance of the garden, such as mulching, pruning, leaf clearing and weeding. You’ll support with the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants.

You’ll also support garden volunteers and help them to make the most of their time here. You’ll be expected to interact with the public on a daily basis, answering the many questions, or help out with gardening workshops, tours and helping set up events when needed.

Who we're looking for                

You’ll be:

  • Helpful & Friendly
  • Customer focused with a positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn
  • A team player, but also can work on your own initiative

Company

The National Trust is described by its employee gardeners as “dynamic, supportive, inquisitive and fun”, where its beautiful places “lift your spirits naturally” and “somewhere you can expand new skills”. The organisation is currently recruiting for a number of gardening roles. 

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