The National Trust

Seasonal Garden Assistant - Ballynahinch

Ballynahinch, Down
18,720 pa
25 May 2022
09 Jun 2022
Job Type
Full Time, Part Time
Seasonal Garden Assistant - Ballynahinch


Working within a bustling atmosphere as part of passionate team this role as a Seasonal Garden Assistant plays a core part in providing fantastic customer service.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £18,720 per annum pro rata

Duration: Fixed-Term contract until 20th Sept 2022

What it's like to work here

Rowallane is a captivating naturalistic paradise garden laid out from the 1860’s and further developed in the first half of the 20th century. It sits conveniently on the edge of Saintfield with easy transport links to Belfast. Primarily a woodland garden, it holds a diverse range of unusual trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs in its sheltered walled gardens, extensive meadows, magical woodlands and natural rock garden. With 52 acres of garden and 150 acres of farmland, the garden team look after these areas for their horticultural, ecological and historical value as we welcome our visitors every day. 
You'll report to the Senior Gardener and will be working closely with the 5 members of the garden team and our dedicated group of volunteers, as well as the wider team at Rowallane. This full-time role typically works from 8am-4pm weekdays and in-house training on machinery and tasks will be provided. This is a rare opportunity to work in a historic garden and work alongside our team to develop valuable skills and experience across all areas of the garden.

What you'll be doing

As part of the garden team, you’ll assist in making sure that the gardens are maintained to a high standard. Working under the close supervision of the garden team, you'll undertake basic horticultural tasks and help ensure the highest standards of conservation, horticulture and visitor experience.

This role will include a range of practical horticultural tasks to develop, enhance and conserve the garden and contribute to the delivery of projects. You’ll help with a varied range of practical duties from mowing, watering and weeding to propagation, planting and pruning as we look after the garden and engage with our visitors. You’ll support with the planting and maintenance of trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants.

You’ll also support garden volunteers and help them to make the most of their time here. You’ll be expected to interact with the public on a daily basis, answering the many questions, or help out with gardening workshops, tours and helping set up events when needed.

Please also read the full role profile, attached to this advert.

Who we're looking for

You’ll be:

  • Helpful & Friendly
  • Customer focused with a positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn
  • A team player, but also can work on your own initiative

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

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