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.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
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.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
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.
DIMENSIONS AND SCOPE OF JOB
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
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