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Logo: National TrustGarden & Outdoors Manager

£33,692 pa

Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 12 mo)


Ref: IRC74774




Are you an enthusiastic outdoors expert? Do you enjoy leading a team to deliver results? Are you always striving for the best outcomes for both people and nature? If so this role could be for you.


Here at Kedleston we are embarking on an exciting year as we deliver the first phase of our ambitious plans. We’re working to restore the UK’s most complete 18th Century Garden and Pleasure Grounds designed by the renowned architect Robert Adam. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in people and project management.


The salary for the role is £31,671 to £33,692 per annum, depending on experience.


What it's like to work here


Kedleston Hall is a Neo-classic show palace, surrounded by 800 acres of spectacular Grade 1 listed parkland. Welcoming over 160, 000 visitors every year Kedleston is a celebration of two era’s and empires. The hall’s 18th Century architecture, state floor and surrounding landscape celebrate the design of famous architect Robert Adam and his fascination with Rome.


Exciting times lie ahead as we open our doors to a growing number of visitors and establish a long term plan for the development of our gardens and parkland. We’re working towards creating greater access & engagement for visitors while caring for our thriving biodiversity.


With vast swaths of SSSi, the parkland is a treasure chest of deadwood invertebrates, birds, and Dragonfly. The first breeding pair of Red kites in Derbyshire for a 150 years and a lake system rich in white clawed crayfish are some of the Jewels in the outdoors.


Find out more information here


What you'll be doing


Your primary responsibility will be to develop the gardens and wider parkland so they provide an inspirational setting for everyone. We are looking for our outdoor spaces to allow people to explore, learn, and deliver significant public benefit that enriches people’s lives. To do this, you’ll need to build and lead a team of staff and volunteers. You’ll drive passion for the stories behind the landscape and instil a culture of great service, so your team understand the importance of visitor experience. You’ll lead and enable the team to manage our diverse outdoor spaces. You’ll promote the highest standards of conservation and horticulture whilst realising opportunities to enhance the value of the landscape for nature.


You’ll be responsible for the strategic planning and day to day management of our outdoor places. You’ll also manage a budget of up to £0.5m. Alongside this you’ll have the exciting opportunity to gradually strengthen the heritage significance of the landscape and historic assets. Doing this by re-focusing maintenance and management across the site, including reviving and reinterpreting the 18th Century pleasure ground and gardens. You’ll also be a key driver in the start of our large project to restore Kedleston’s Lake system, while also exploring new opportunities to connect visitors with our gardens, landscape and wildlife ensuring the landscape is at the heart of their experience.


This leadership role offers a unique opportunity to be a key player in making the Kedleston Hall outdoors, accessible and enjoyable to all. You’ll look after Gardens, woodland, wood pasture, riparian and wetland habitat, working with a motivated, energetic and experienced team of Rangers and Gardeners. We believe that ‘people make places and places make people’ so this is your opportunity to make a real difference.


There is an opportunity for this role to be a key representative role with accommodation provided, as part of a security rota onsite.


Accommodation is provided to the postholder for the proper or better performance of his or her duties in accordance with Trust criteria and HMRC rules.


Please also read the full role profile and additional information on our website.


Who we're looking for


Restoring such a significant landscape is no small task, so we are looking for an experienced outdoor expert, gardener or ranger who can inspire a team to deliver results. To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Leadership skills including coaching, team development, motivation and communication and confident leading people through times of change
  • Knowledge of countryside Schemes and designations
  • Experience of managing a space open to the public
  • Experience of working with wider staff teams to deliver a programme of public events and activity
  • An innovative approach for engaging with a variety of audiences and stakeholders
  • Experience of managing volunteers
  • Understanding of managing budgets and working within financial targets


With access to the National Trust’s Consultancy and its wider Outdoors Community you will be supported as you continuously develop in this role, with continued professional development, including technical knowledge and expertise through our Heritage Gardening Programme.


The package




Read more about the benefits we offer to support you here.


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!


For further information and to apply, please click here


Closing date: 10th February 2019 

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