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Assistant Gardener - Cranbrook

The National Trust
Cranbrook, Kent
21,021 pa
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Assistant Gardener - Cranbrook


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
  • Keen to learn new things
  • Focused on detail
  • Passionate about the work you do and happy to share this with visitors 

The package

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
  • 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
Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


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.

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