Seasonal Gardener

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £22,672 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Culzean


To support the garden and grounds team to ensure that the gardens and policies of Culzean Castle are managed and maintained as an internationally-recognised landscape of outstanding historical importance; contributing to the property’s overall conservation and development, and its enjoyment by visitors.


• Ensuring the conservation and practical maintenance of the gardens and grounds.
• Ensure all work is delivered to the highest standard as agreed by the Head Gardener.
• Working with the rest of the Garden & Grounds team in preparing the estate for visitors’ enjoyment, this will include:
o Grass Cutting
o Strimming
o Weeding
o Assist with waste disposal, (ranging from domestic waste bins to large scale skip and recycling)
o Hedge Trimming
o Pathways, Boardwalk, small bridge repairs.
o Assisting with brush/ scrub/ tree clearance
o Other tasks as required


• Responsible for carrying out reasonable instructions given by the Head Gardener/Grounds person.

People Management
• Is not a line manager
• Will have regular daily interactions with members of the public of all ages and abilities

• Will be a frequent user of driven vehicles such as tractors, ride-on mowers, Grounds vehicle and other maintenance equipment
• Will be a frequent user of hand-tools such as spades, forks, picks, rakes


• A full clean driving license, valid for driving within the UK

Skills, Experience & Knowledge Essential
• Sound knowledge of basic tool and machinery use and maintenance;
• Ability to learn good Health and Safety processes and procedures and the ability to work effectively within these processes;
• The ability and confidence to interact politely with visitors & skills in dealing with people generally. The ability to represent the Trust when speaking with visitors.
• An understanding and commitment to the aims and objectives of the National Trust for Scotland.
• The ability and willingness to learn and try new things, to be flexible and step outside of your comfort zone.
• An open and honest way of communicating, ready to ask others for their ideas and to be open to hear and consider different points of view.

• Experience of working within an estate team
• Experience of using garden and estate machinery such as, mini tractor with attachments, Brush Cutters, Strimmers and ride on lawnmowers.

The Key Responsibilities and Skills, Experience & Knowledge 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.


Interested applicants should forward a completed application form to Human Resources Department (Applications), The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4DF, by mail or by email via, by first post by Friday 10th February 2023.

Application Deadline: Friday 10/02/2023