Assistant Gardener

Employer
National Trust
Location
Florence Court, Enniskillen, BT92 1DB
Salary
£19,305 per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022
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Summary        
If you want a career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in.

You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds are as significant as our mansion houses 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 they have an amazing experience.

What it's like to work here        
Located near the border with the republic, Florence Court is the Trust's most westerly property. This beautiful demesne is set against Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh mountains. You'll work closely with a tight knit group of dedicated volunteers and staff who are working to restore the Walled Garden which was created during the late-eighteenth century. Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund, the garden is currently undergoing work to reinstate two original glasshouses and deliver a comprehensive activity plan which you'll help deliver.


What you'll be doing        
You’ll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard and be passionate and enthused by plants. 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 be helping to cut the hedges and mow our fine lawns.

You’ll also assist garden volunteers and support 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.

As part of this role you’ll be required to work regular weekends as part of a garden-team rota.

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:

Previous practical gardening/horticulture experience, as well as some knowledge of plants and horticultural techniques
Familiarity with machinery/equipment and accompanying practical certificates
Knowledge of Health and Safety compliance requirements
Excellent customer service
Willingness and enthusiasm to share the history of the garden with visitors, bringing it to life
Commitment for what you are doing, always remaining proud of your work
You’ll have an NVQ 1-2 in Amenity Horticulture (or equivalent).

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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