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£19,349 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC66037




Are you an experienced gardener? Would you like to work in some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the UK and with one of the largest plant collections in Europe? Would you like to be part of an organisation that is consistently ranked in the top ten ‘best places to work’ list? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then we have the perfect opportunity for you here at Attingham Park.


Please be advised in this role there is a requirement to work Bank Holidays and weekends (typically one weekend in four). You’ll also be part of our split shifts system to help provide cover from 8am to 6pm – further details will be discussed at interview.


If you'd like to find out more about this position, and other roles here at Attingham Park, please come along to our Careers at Attingham and the National Trust open evenings, taking place on Tuesday 22nd May (6pm till 8pm) and Wednesday 23rd May (4pm till 6pm). No need to register, just turn up between the stated times and let our reception team know that you're here for the open evening. For further details, please contact us directly at attingham@nationaltrust.org.uk


What it's like to work here


Part of the North Shropshire Portfolio, Attingham Park is the third most visited pay to enter National Trust property in England and Wales, welcoming an astonishing 472,000 visitors through its gates every year. Consisting of nearly 4,000 acres the highlights for our visitors include the Mansion, Parkland, Walled Garden, Pleasure Ground and Playfield.


The Walled Garden lay derelict for many years but we have worked hard to restore it back to its former glory and it is now truly the jewel in Attingham’s crown. The Walled Garden sits within the Pleasure Gardens, which is also undergoing a restoration project of its own; we are in the fourth year of a ten year project to return the Mile Walk back to the original designs of Thomas Leggett and Humphrey Repton who made their mark on Attingham’s landscape design during the Georgian period. The Pleasure Grounds and Parkland is very popular with our visitors, and we are always looking for new ways to increase their awareness of the outdoor conservation work we do along with the challenges we face.


What you'll be doing


As a hands-on Gardener, you’ll assist in making sure that our gardens are maintained to a high standard; we’re really keen to get the Pleasure Grounds up to the same standard as the Walled Garden and your work will play a vital part in making this happen. You’ll work across both the Pleasure Grounds and the Walled Garden in a wide range of horticulture tasks such as; glasshouse propagation, shrub pruning, flower and vegetable growing, tree felling and path building/maintenance. 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 our large team of 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.


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


Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 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 catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking


Closing date: 05 June 2018


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