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Gardener

Employer
National Trust
Location
Sheffield Park, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, TN22 3QX
Salary
£23,868 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2024

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Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Function
Gardening Jobs
Sector
Charity & Voluntary
Seniority
Specialist / Consultant

Job Details

We’ve got an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Gardener. 

This is an exciting time to join the horticulture team at Sheffield Park and Garden as a Gardener, as we go on a journey regarding climate change and progress into new thinking about how to manage our historic landscape. This will influence our practices, the landscape as a whole and what that will mean for a listed and historic garden and landscape. 

On a rota basis, you'll cover weekends, bank holidays and may be asked to work the occasional evening.

Interviews will be held on the 28th of May.

Widely regarded as a horticultural masterpiece, the elegant, landscaped gardens at Sheffield Park are alive with colour and wildlife. Four lakes and gorgeous views make this picturesque location to work in. Family-friendly events are a key part of the visitor experience at Sheffield Park, and welcome people with plenty of shared ideas and energy to join us. This is a great opportunity, you'll be reporting to the Senior Gardener and become part of a supportive, close-knit team in a place you’ll love working.

As a Gardener for the National Trust, you’ll be a hands-on member of the horticulture team. You’ll be involved in every aspect of gardening at Sheffield Park and Garden, including the maintenance of our new garden space, designed by a RHS Chelsea award-winning designer, as part of our work on climate adaptation. Whilst keeping to the highest standards of horticulture, you’ll also play a vital role in improving the experience of visitors to the garden and wider estate.

You'll be helping to keep the garden in tiptop condition every day. This might involve daily checks to make sure all areas are safe for people visiting, routine tasks such as weeding, pruning and mulching, and using machinery such as hedge cutters, leaf blowers, lawnmowers and tractors. 

Other duties might include propagation, planting, tree safety work and lake maintenance. You may be involved in recycling and managing waste, along with the rest of the garden team. 

We'd love to hear from you if you’re: 

  • an enthusiastic horticulturist and hands-on gardener, who has some knowledge of hard landscaping
  • knowledgeable about plants, with a great eye for detail and an interest in climate change
  • experienced with machinery including brush cutters, rotary mowers and tractors, with some knowledge of maintenance
  • a driver with a full licence  
  • able to manage a demanding outdoor role  
  • able to communicate effectively at all levels 
  • confident working within a team, with volunteers or on your own 
  • able to plan and meet deadlines

Company

There's no other organisation like the National Trust. No other organisation that brings such an amazing variety of places and spaces to life.

We are a charity founded in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to protect them for everyone to enjoy. More than a century after we were founded, our values are still at the heart of everything we do. And we do a lot more than you might think. 

We welcome some 22.5 million visitors, from all ages and backgrounds, every year. We care for historic houses, gardens, mills, forests, castles, miles of coastline, islands, holiday cottages, pubs and inns, whole villages and even a goldmine. We also run a huge retail chain, a multi-million pound food and beverage business and much, much more. And we do all of this so that everyone can enjoy and make the most of the green spaces and beautiful places that England, Wales and Northern Ireland has to offer. 

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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