Assistant Gardener

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £19,760 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Falkland Palace

To ensure that the garden, grounds and related policies of gardens are managed and maintained as nationally-recognised gardens of outstanding historical and horticultural importance; contributing to the properties’ overall conservation and development, and its enjoyment by visitors and supporters.
The role of ‘Gardener’ as a key member of the team, will be heavily involved in the implementation of development plans for the gardens and wider designed landscape.

• Undertaking practical maintenance of the garden e.g. managing trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, and bulbs; turf care; pest/disease/weed control; staking, plant nutrition, composting and soil improvement to the required standards expected by the Trust and for the maximum safety of, and enjoyment by visitors including other professionals in the horticultural industry;
• Contributing to the management, conservation and development of the garden by plant propagation, cultivation, and the maintenance of appropriate plant records and labelling;
• As requested, assisting with education/interpretation activities such as introductory talks and guided walks;
• Helping to foster positive relationships with local communities and organisations and promote the work of the Trust.
• On occasion, supervising and working with volunteers and/or staff members to ensure they deliver required outputs at the appropriate standard, and gain benefit/satisfaction from their activities;
• Undertaking such other reasonable duties as may from time to time be required to ensure the smooth running of the property as required by the Operations Manager.
• On occasion, contributing to the review and development of annual operating plans and operational workplans for the gardens;
• Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s health, safety, and environment policies and procedures.

Application Deadline: Friday 18/02/2022