Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £22,672 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Branklyn Gardens

To assist in the maintenance of Branklyn Garden as an internationally-recognised garden of outstanding horticultural importance, contributing to its conservation and development and to its enjoyment by visitors and supporters.
The Key Purposes of the job will be met by:
 Assisting with the conservation, maintenance and development of the garden. This includes weed and pest management, watering, pruning, planting and lawn care.
 Maintenance of tools, machinery and garden furniture.
 Working within a small staff and volunteer team to carry out horticultural maintenance tasks to ensure the garden is presented to a high standard.
 Assisting with propagation and maintenance of plant records as required.
 In the absence of the Head Gardener & Propagator / Gardener assume general responsibility for the security of the garden and supervision of garden volunteers.
 Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s Health & Safety Policy at the property, being mindful at all times of the health and safety of self, staff, volunteers, and visitors.
 Occasionally duties will include welcoming/processing visitors and selling plants and gifts from the shop.
 Weekend duties are required on a rota basis with other garden staff.


 Holds a recognised qualification in horticulture (NVQ Level 2 or similar) and/or an appropriate range of horticultural experience.
 Knowledge of basic tool and machinery use and maintenance.
 An interest in alpine and woodland plants.
 Good interpersonal and communication skills; confident and competent in interacting and dealing with a wide range of people and able to represent the Trust.
 Some practical knowledge of Health and Safety processes and procedures and the ability to work effectively within these processes.
 Good organisational and time-management skills – including the ability to prioritise work where necessary and the ability to work using own initiative.

 Competent IT skills sufficient for maintaining plant records, use of the internet/intranet, on-line learning etc.
 Practical experience in general amenity gardening ideally in a garden open to the public.
 Demonstratable knowledge of a broad range of plants: alpines, woodland, and woody plants.
 Current PA1, PA2 and PA6a spraying certificates (or willingness to be trained).
 Able to work well within a small team and on your own without supervision.
 Current first aid qualification.
 Current, clean driving licence valid for driving in the UK.


People Management
 No direct line reports but the post holder will work with and may supervise volunteers.
 Fostering a friendly and positive work atmosphere.
 Will have regular daily interaction with members of the public

Financial Management
 Not a budget holder

Tools / Equipment /Systems
 The job involves regular physical activity, including use of machinery, bending and lifting.
 Will be a frequent user of hand-tools such as spades, forks, trowels, rakes, hoes, shears, and secateurs
 Will be a user of powered tools and equipment

The Job Purpose, Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities, Required Qualifications & Skills and Dimensions and Scope of Job reflect the requirements of the job at the time of issue. The Trust reserves the right to amend these with appropriate consultation and/or request the post-holder to undertake any activities that it believes to be reasonable within the broad scope of the job or his/her general abilities.

Application Deadline: Friday 12/05/2023