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DATE ADDED: Sat 08/02/2020

Gardener

Neithrop, UK
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COMPANY: NATIONAL TRUST

JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

**Summary**

If you want 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.

**This is a fixed term contract due to end when the previous employee returns from maternity leave. At this point we cannot confirm exactly how long this contract will last, but it is unlikely to be more than 6 months.**



**What it's like to work here**

It's an exciting time to join our team at Upton, over the next three years we’d like to take our visitors on a journey from the 1927 sale and renovation of the house and gardens, to the decoration and design choices the Bearsteds made, culminating with a series of exhibitions around collecting and displaying the art collection and presenting the re-designed gardens.

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**What you'll be doing**

As a hands-on Gardener, you’ll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. You’ll be passionate and enthused and knowledgeable about the varied plants within the garden. 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**

To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the below:


* Trained as a professional gardener/horticulturalist with a good level of practical experience.
* RHS Level 2 or equivalent.
* Have proven practical gardening/horticulture experience, as well as a strong knowledge of plants
* Confidence to participate in garden activities and events
* Competence with machinery/equipment use and maintenance; including tractors, chainsaws, and pedestrian mowers with accreditation as required for Health and Safety compliance.


**The package**

Benefits for working at the National Trust:


* Flexible working whenever possible
* Free parking at most locations
* Discounts in high street stores, cinemas, National Trust properties and cafes.
* Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
* Generous annual leave
* Subsidised health cash plan
* Free 24-hour support service
* Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
* Training & Development tailored to you
* Up to 5 days of paid volunteering for you.


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