Assistant Gardener - CranbrookSummary
The Growing Scholar is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking for a career in horticulture. You'll be working within the Nursery and Organic Vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden on a fixed 12 month contract, working hands-on, learning to a set training programme under the supervision of our expert horticulturalists.
Interviews will be held on the 14th December. What it's like to work here
The team at Sissinghurst is led by Head Gardener, Troy Scott Smith, ensuring there is a strong emphasis on nurturing and developing gardeners and carrying on Sissinghurst's long tradition of training excellence.
Investing in you
We want you to learn, discover and develop your career. We’ll do everything we can to offer you the training and support you need to achieve your goals. We’ll work with you to invest in and plan your development in a way that’s right for your needs. What you'll be doing
As a hands-on Trainee Gardener you'll be working equally between the Nursery and Organic Vegetable Garden teams. Learning vegetable, herb and ornamental propagation, cultivation following no-dig principles, vegetable and fruit harvest, supply of 'Sissinghurst Collection' plants to the plant shop as well as the main garden, glass house management, watering and irrigation, Sissinghurst's notable garden collection plants, their protection, propagation and care.
You’ll work alongside gardeners and teams 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 learning about 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.Who we're looking for
- 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
- Passionate about the work you do and happy to share this with visitors
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 places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
- Tax free childcare scheme
- Rental deposit loan scheme
- 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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