Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £19,760 per annum

Location: Leith Hall


As part of the property team, assist with the conservation and development of the properties and gardens to ensure that Leith Hall and Estate are presented at the highest standards to its visitors and guests.


The Key Purposes of the job will be met by:
Undertaking practical maintenance of the garden (e.g. managing trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, and bulbsturf care; pest/disease/weed control; composting and soil improvement; hard-landscaping; path care) to the required standards expected by the Trust and for the maximum safety of, and enjoyment by, visitors;
Fostering positive relationships promote the work of the Trust, and actively seek opportunities to increase Trust membership;
On occasion, working with volunteers and/or staff members to ensure they deliver required outputs at the appropriate standard, and gain benefit/satisfaction from their activities;
Demonstrating self motivation, organizing, planning, and prioritizing and good time management;
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 Head Gardener.
Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s health, safety, and environment policies and procedures.

The current duties of this job do not require a criminal records (Disclosure Scotland) check to be carried out.


People Management
Not a line manager but will, on occasion, supervise volunteers under instructions from Head Gardener.
Will work closely with other property colleagues, and will have some interaction with other technical/specialist advisory colleagues based in other locations and departments (e.g. Gardens department).
Will have regular (daily) interaction with members of the public and guests of all ages and abilities.

May be required to be a user of driven vehicles such as ride-on mower.
May be a frequent user of powered tools such as, mowers, strimmers, hedge-cutters.
Will be a frequent user of hand-tools such as spades, forks, trowels, rakes, hoes, shears, and secateurs.


The above outlines the key skills the prospective post-holder will need to possess and exercise. In addition, either knowledge of or experience in the following is required:

Knowledge of basic tool and machinery use and maintenance.
Experience in gardening and estate management and a willingness to learn about the care and husbandry of our historic gardens and designed landscapes.
Some practical knowledge of Health and Safety processes and procedures and the ability to work effectively within these processes
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; confident in interacting and dealing with a wide range of people; and able to represent the Trust
Good organisational and time-management skills – including the ability to prioritise work where necessary and also the ability to work using own initiative, In the absence of direct line management.
Eye for detail and finish, quality standard and best practice.
Current driving licence valid for driving in the UK

Some basic IT skills sufficient for use of the internet/intranet, assisting volunteers, on-line learning etc.
Experience of working with the public in some capacity
Experience of working in a mixed-team that includes short-term/seasonal staff and/or volunteers

Application Deadline: Friday 25/03/2022