Seasonal Garden Assistant

National Trust
Exeter, UK
17 Jul 2019
23 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
If you'd like a career in Gardening, we can offer you some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK to work in as well as one of the largest plant collections in Europe.
What it's like to work hereIt's exciting times in the newly formed Dartmoor Portfolio - a mix of pay-for-entry properties and Countryside. Castle Drogo is in the last year of our project to make the Castle watertight for the first time in its history. We have reinvigorated the visitor experience by redesigning and redisplaying its historic collection to bring the Castle to life whilst we explore new ways to connect with our visitors and local community. It's busy, it's challenging and a lot of fun.P>
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What you'll be doing
As part of the garden team, you'll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. Working under the close supervision of the garden team, you'll undertake basic horticultural tasks and help ensure the highest standards of conservation, horticulture and visitor experience.

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 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
To be successful in this role, you should be able to demonstrate the below:
  • Basic knowledge and skills in plant husbandry and horticulture
  • Familiarity with basic garden machinery/equipment as required by the property
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work alongside volunteers and is able to support volunteers to perform at their best
  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety and compliance requirements
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
The package

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You'll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

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