Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £21,260 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Isle of Canna

The role of the Gardener will be to ensure that the gardens and policies of the Isle of Canna are managed and maintained contributing to the property’s overall conservation and development initiatives. Primarily with a focus on the continued development and maintenance of Canna House Garden the role will encompass garden maintenance at other Trust properties on the island – e.g. Tighard Guest House, Caslum and general garden maintenance throughout the island estate.

The Isle of Canna is one of a group of islands known as the Small Isles situated 19 miles off the coast of the nearest mainland port of Mallaig, Western Scotland and is owned and managed within the Trust’s Highland & Islands regional portfolio. The island is unique in both its natural and cultural heritage, welcoming approximately 10,000 visitors per year to explore and experience its rich archaeological sites, marine environment, wildlife, and cultural and natural history.
The Canna gardener role offers a unique opportunity within a vibrant and dynamic community and is positioned to provide an integral resource to support the day-to-day operational requirements within the garden activity on island.


Responsible for the practical maintenance of Canna House Garden including but not limited to:

• Managing trees and shrubs; removing dead and damaged plants; turf 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.
• Managing the interesting and eclectic collection of Heritage apple and pear tress within Canna House and Tighard gardens.
• Continue to maintain the garden vegetable plots and provide produce for the island shop, community, and café.
• Responsible for the general garden maintenance across the island – Tighard Guest House, Caslum and general garden maintenance of the island churchyards.
• Contributing to the management, conservation, and development of Canna House Garden by maintaining appropriate plant records and labels.
• Contribute to the Canna House Garden Interpretative Plan.
• Ensure all equipment is maintained within Health & Safety Guidelines
• As requested, assisting with education /interpretation activities such as introductory talks and guided garden walks.
• Fostering positive relationships with the local community, promote the work of the Trust, and actively seek opportunities to increase Trust membership.
• Contributing to the review and development of property action plans and operational work plans and budgets for the garden;
• Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s Health, Safety, and Environment policies and procedures.
• Horticulture/ Commercial forestry/General estate works of amenity woodland and specimen trees, thinning, felling and general estate management (pathways, ponds, sluices etc.)
• Supervision of volunteers.
• Produce monthly garden reports to Operations Manager.

Application Deadline: Friday 02/12/2022