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Assistant Gardener

National Trust
Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, S44 5QJ
£13,619 per annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Part Time
Gardening Jobs
Charity & Voluntary

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As Assistant Gardener, you’ll be working with a team to deliver the day-to-day care of the garden and maintain high presentation standards. This role will include a range of practical tasks to develop, improve and look after the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects.

You'll join the garden team which includes a Head Gardener, Senior Gardener, Gardener and three Assistant Gardeners. There are also approximately 50 volunteers some hands on and others who are garden guides.

There will be opportunities to work at and visit other NT and non-NT properties and the national Trust offers a wide range of practical and on-line courses to help with personal and professional development.

Hardwick Hall is located near Junction 29 of the M1 in between Mansfield and Chesterfield. The majority of the gardens date from 1832 onwards and are made up of 4 courtyards surrounding the mansion. The garden is 18.5 acres in size. It contains formal borders, orchards, lawns, specimen trees, winter border, herb garden and a winter offer in the form of a winter border and Stumpery. We have a nursery that grows plants for the garden and sales. We also look after three holiday cottage gardens and the garden at Stainsby Mill.

Daily responsibilities may include assisting with the planting and maintaining of shrub and borders, mulching, hedge cutting and lawn mowing. You’ll work alongside Gardeners and a team of volunteers. You’ll talk to the public every day, answering a variety of garden-related questions and talking about what you are doing with pride. We’re looking for someone with a practical approach to work, getting the day-to-day work done and a passion for plants. The role can sometimes be physically challenging, and we use a wide range of machinery and equipment to help us get our work done. The use of machinery such as tractors, hedge trimmers and pedestrian mowers is essential, but training will be provided.

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

  • comfortable working in a flexible and adaptable way
  • able to work alone or under direction and as part of a team
  • positive with the drive to get things done
  • keen to learn new things
  • focused on detail
  • passionate about the work you do and happy to share this with visitors


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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