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Assistant Gardener

Employer
National Trust
Location
Gunby Hall, Gunby, Spilsby, PE23 5SS
Salary
£11.64 per hour
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
Function
Gardening Jobs
Sector
Charity & Voluntary
Seniority
Junior

Job Details

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 be part of a small friendly team of staff and volunteers.

You'll be working one weekend in every four during the main visitor season (March to October).

In this role, you’ll report to the Senior Gardener. The team at Gunby is a small sociable team, where everyone works together to provide an excellent visitor experience. You'll be joining a team of three Gardeners, supported by a team of volunteers.  In-house training on all equipment will be provided, and there are opportunities for you to develop your skills through training and workshops, and visits to other properties.

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, getting the day-to-day work done and an enthusiasm 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 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 

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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