Assistant Head Gardener

Location UK / Down

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary £25000 - 30000

Updated 5 days ago

Reference 1425358

 Job Description

Assistant Head Gardener £27,735 pa Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


This is a wonderful opportunity to help manage a National Trust Garden which has been voted one of the top ten gardens in the world We’re looking for an Assistant Head Gardener who can inspire confidence in the team, adapt quickly to new ways of working and apply their technical knowledge to a range of different tasks. If you’re up to the challenge, then we want to hear from you!

Due to the nature of this role you’ll need a driving licence.

What you’ll be doing

Mount Stewart is a very distinctive property with a diverse plant collection (especially Rhododendrons). The unique micro climate has shaped an approach to planting which has enabled plants to flourish which could not otherwise have survived. The Assistant Head Gardener’s role is all about the conservation and preservation, as well as the day to day management and maintenance of one of the finest Gardens in the world. Green fingered and hands-on with people management experience, you’ll assist in making sure that Mount Stewart is maintained to a high standard and be passionate and enthused by plants. This role includes helping to create new attractions that not only enhance the ‘Spirit of Place’ but also provides our visitors with an exceptional 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 responsible for managing the garden team and volunteers daily and must be confident in maintaining a high level of horticultural standards, prioritising workloads across the garden and thinking about the bigger picture and vision for the garden. You’ll love working outdoors and understand that our gardens and grounds areas significant as our mansion houses and our historical places. Our visitors tell us how much they enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our well-kept outdoor spaces, which makes your role vital in making sure they have an amazing experience. You’ll also be confident working with local partners and other interested groups.

As Assistant Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, the selected candidate will be shadowing the Head Gardener as well as networking with other gardens and assisting with the deliverance of an exceptional standard of horticulture.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone who is creative and thinks outside the box, and who can help share our magical story with visitors and supporters of all ages and backgrounds. To be successful in this role you’ll have; Experience managing teams of gardeners and volunteers A love for sharing your knowledge and experience with volunteers, staff and team Excellent organisational and communication skills RHS Level 3 (or equivalent) as well as practical gardening/horticulture experience An excellent understanding of horticultural techniques and plant identification Experience of using garden machinery An understanding of Health & Safety and sustainable garden practices A full driving licence

  • Experience managing teams of gardeners and volunteers
  • A love for sharing your knowledge and experience with volunteers, staff and team
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • RHS Level 3 (or equivalent) as well as practical gardening/horticulture experience
  • An excellent understanding of horticultural techniques and plant identification
  • Experience of using garden machinery
  • An understanding of Health & Safety and sustainable garden practices

We do not accept CVs or covering letters for Northern Ireland vacancies. Please fill out the online application form on the National Trust Jobs website.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants regardless of religious beliefs, political opinion, race, sex, marital status, age or disability.