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National Trust

Head Gardener

Location: Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD
Contract Type: Permanent
Reference/IRC: IRC152212
Closing Date: 02/06/2024
Salary: £32,955 per annum

This is an exciting new opportunity to join us at Speke Hall, leading a team of brilliant, engaged, and talented gardeners who work to deliver horticultural excellence and incredible public benefit.

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week, includes some weekends and bank holidays on a Duty Manager Rota
Salary: £32,955pa
Contract: Permanent
Interviews: 10th June which includes an orientation tour where you'll have a chance to meet some of the team you'll be working with

Please include a covering letter (no more than 1 page A4) with your application stating what key experience and practical skills make you the ideal candidate to take our aspirations forward.

If you have any questions about this role please contact either our General Manager: or our Gardens and Parkland Consultant:

Reporting to the General Manager, you'll play a key role in shaping our vision at the Liverpool properties portfolio. You’ll be part of our Property Leadership Team holding accountability for day to day maintenance and long-term planning for the garden. Your garden / office workload split is anticipated to be 70/30.

You’ll set and deliver your own operating and conservation budgets and be responsible for the safety and compliance within the garden. You'll be responsible for strategising, organising and prioritising the team’s tasks, as well as your own. You’ll also be a key and effective member of the property leadership team as a head of department. You'll work to implement a robust Garden Management Plan, using the conservation management plan, to ensure a clear strategy for the garden at Speke Hall.

Ideally you'll have experience in a similar role and knowledge of managing a historic or public garden site, in all its complexity.

We'd love to hear from you if you're:

  • horticulturally experienced, preferably in a similar role and visitor-facing setting, along with RHS level 2 in horticulture, or equivalent vocational experience
  • a leader of people, empathetic and willing to motivate and inspire your team of 3 staff and 60+ volunteers.
  • able to carry out physically demanding tasks outdoors in all weathers, on a site with mixed topography and be a proficient computer user
  • competent in operating typical garden machinery and equipment
  • highly organised and focused, to deliver the departmental planning, budget management and compliance, as well as support for garden events and programming.

Apply: IRC152212 - Head Gardener (

Closing Date: 02/06/2024  Location: Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool, L24 1XD

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