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National Trust

Garden & Countryside Manager


Chartwell Properties Portfolio. Westerham. Kent TN16 1PS

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: 37.5 hour pw (full time)

Salary: £32,500 – £38,000

We have an exciting opportunity for a Garden and Countryside manager to lead our team looking after 745 acres of in hand woodland and parkland at Chartwell including two nationally significant gardens, Chartwell and Emmetts Garden and little Quebec House Garden. This role offers the option of accommodation if desired.

If you like the sound of this role, we’re holding an informal open day on 9th September. You’ll be able to meet some of our team, explore the park, view the accommodation and learn more about this broad and exciting role. If you have questions about the position, this is an opportunity to find out more about what it's like to work here!

To book onto the open day or if you have any questions please send an email to

What you'll be doing

In this role you will be a key member of the senior leadership team at the Chartwell Portfolio. You will enable your team to perform at the highest level to deliver horticultural excellence, exemplary management of land for high nature status and outstanding visitor experiences.

You have the opportunity to influence the programming and engagement within the garden, park and West Kent Countryside making the historic landscape relevant to new audiences and increase participation.

This role is a combination of strategy and planning, practical application, and people leadership. You will be able to help shape the future direction and aspirations for the gardens and countryside whilst collaborating with your peers, and inspiring your team of staff and volunteers, to strike the balance between conservation and access.

This is an exciting opportunity to help make Chartwell and Emmetts Gardens a place where your team can increase their skills and achieve their potential and visitors can enjoy the beautiful surroundings for years to come.

We're looking for someone who has:

  • Significant horticultural experience and qualifications
  • Experience of land and access management
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent planning and people management skills
  • Proven track record of managing budgets, finances, compliance and small projects
  • Great communication skills
  • Knowledge or understanding of conservation of historic landscapes
  • Experience of organising garden and outdoor activities
  • Experience of writing outdoor management plans
  • A driving licence will be required to be able to travel around the portfolio

Apply here 

Closing Date: 19/09/2021  Location: Chartwell Properties Portfolio. Westerham. Kent TN16 1PS

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