Gardener - Cranbrook
- The National Trust
- Cranbrook, Kent
- 21,684 pa
- Closing date
- 8 Feb 2023
- Hotel jobs, Grounds Person, Housekeeper, Housekeeping & Maintenance
- Job Type
- Full Time, Part Time
Are you an experienced and knowledgeable gardener, looking for the opportunity of a lifetime to work for The National Trust at Sissinghurst Castle Garden?
This could be your perfect chance to join us at an exciting time of the gardening year.
Fixed term contract for 4 months from February 2023 until the end of June 2023
Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Interview date: 7 February 2023
What it's like to work here
Sissinghurst is a highly personal garden planned by two people whose artistry was matched by their plant knowledge and who had an individual point of view. To perpetuate a garden made by two such individuals requires gardeners not only with supreme horticultural knowledge and skill but also gardeners with vision, sensitivity and most importantly an instinctive feeling for the spirit of the place.
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What you'll be doing
You'll be working as a hands-on Gardener within the Garden Team. Reporting to the Head Gardener and Assistant Head Gardener, you'll assisting in making sure the gardens are maintained to a high standard.
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 take ownership of specific areas of the garden ensuring the highest standards are maintained and healthy plants are available for our visitors to enjoy.
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.
Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert
Who we're looking for
We are looking for someone who is:
- Trained as a professional gardener/horticulturalist with a good level of practical experience and a strong knowledge of plants.
- Qualified to RHS Level 2 or equivalent.
- Competent with machinery/equipment use with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance.
- Able to start immediately.
The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.
- Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
- Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- Tax free childcare scheme
- Rental deposit loan scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
- Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
- Flexible working whenever possible
- Employee assistance programme
- Free parking at most locations
- Independent financial advice
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The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.
The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.
Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.
The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.
- The National Trust
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