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, a keenness to support nature in the garden and brilliant inter-personal skills to lead the gardening team at Buckland Abbey.
Accommodation is provided to the post holder for the proper or better performance of his or her duties in accordance with Trust criteria and HMRC rules.
What it's like to work here:When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.
For more information about our property please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey
What you'll be doing: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, the place, 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, you’ll work to constantly improve our gardens, and visitor offer.
Regular weekend and bank holiday working is a requirement of this role.
Please also read the full role profile attached to this advert.
Who we're looking forTo 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 packageLooking 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 at over 100 leisure facilities across the country
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