Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £21,260 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Hill of Tarvit

To ensure that the garden, grounds and related policies of gardens are managed and maintained as nationally recognized 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 and estate, managing trees, 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.
• As requested, assisting with education/interpretation activities such as introductory talks and guided talks;
• Fostering positive relationships with local communities and organizations and promote the work of the Trust.
• Supervising and working with volunteers 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.

• A formal qualification at NVQ/ SVQ Level 2 in amenity horticulture supported by knowledge and demonstrable work experience in an amenity garden context.
• PA1 and PA6a spraying certificates, or willingness to be trained in the use of pesticides and to exercise that training.
• Current driving licence valid for driving in the UK.

Skills, Experience & Knowledge
• Practical experience in general amenity gardening ideally in a garden open to the public.
• Demonstrable skills in plant husbandry, particularly trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, turf culture and pruning.
• Sound demonstrable plant knowledge and identification skills.
• Sound knowledge of basic tool and machinery use and maintenance.
• Ability to willingness to support other gardens in the cluster
• 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,
• Eye for detail and finish, quality standard and best practice.

Application Deadline: Friday 12/08/2022