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logo: National TrustHead Gardener

£30,250 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC68804




We are looking to recruit a rare breed of horticultural brilliance – a Head Gardener with a wealth of experience, a creative and artistic eye, sound plant knowledge and brilliant inter-personal skills to lead the gardening team on the Wimpole Estate.


Salary: £27,500 to £33,000 per annum (dependent on experience)


What it's like to work here


Described as a ‘flower in the desert’, Wimpole welcomes over 350,000 people every year looking to escape or come together to explore rich histories and discover new ideas. The pleasure gardens surround a grand 17th century brick manor house in the middle of the 2,500 acre estate. Working with teams across the estate you’ll continue the innovative with food production and design whilst showcasing the estates 400 years of history.


It’s an exciting time to join our team as we work on a number of transformational projects across the property. The number of people visiting our property keeps growing year on year and your role will be to work with your team to keep finding new ways to inspire and delight them whilst maintaining presentation standards and the spirit of the property.


What you'll be doing


Leading a team of 3 gardeners and over 90 volunteers you’ll ensure we care for the parterre, pleasure gardens, walled gardens and orchards on the estate. Every one of your team plays a valuable and important part to make this special place beautiful and vibrant. Using your strong organisational, communication and administration skills you’ll ensure the efficient management of the gardening team and compliance with all relevant legislation.


A big part of your job will be engaging with stakeholders including visitors, the team, community groups, projects and many more. You’ll get involved with the interpretation and programming for our visitors to help them understand the history of our gardens and plant collections. You’ll share your passion for our special place and instil a team culture of exceptional customer service. You’ll promote a culture of openness and involvement by engaging and building relationships with local communities and others in our work.


You’ll be an active member of the leadership team and using your knowledge and team insights you’ll help make informed decisions. Using collaborative working with other colleagues across the portfolio, consultancy and the wider East of England team you’ll work to constantly improve our visitor offer.


You’ll be part of our Duty Manager rota at the property providing support across all departments.


Regular weekend and bank holiday working is a requirement of this role. We anticipate this being at least one weekend in eight.


Who we're looking for


To deliver this role successfully, you’ll need to;

  • Significant practical experience in horticulture, supported by appropriate qualifications to RHS level 3 (or equivalent level of vocational experience)
  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained externally and with staff and volunteers
  • Experience of organising garden activities which enhance our visitor experience
  • Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation and communication
  • Proven track record of managing budgets, finances and small projects
  • Good written and verbal communication skills including public presentation, influencing and negotiating
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of all Health & Safety and Compliance requirements relevant to horticulture


The package


Salary: £27,500 to £33,000 per annum (dependent on experience)


Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership


Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness


Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking


Closing Date: 12 August 2018


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