Head Gardener

Pitmedden Garden and Haddo House Gardens

An exciting opportunity to join the teams caring for two important gardens.

National Trust for Scotland – Haddo House & Pitmedden Garden are hiring a Head Gardener to act as lead for both sites in the NE of Scotland.

National Trust for Scotland
Haddo House & Pitmedden Garden


Pitmedden

Pitmedden Garden is a vibrant and exciting garden to work within. Its long and varied history underpins the whole estate and its management with the gardens forming a major part of the overall visitor experience. The gardens are always evolving within its historical framework both as a formal layout and as a living work of art.
Pitmedden is known for its Great Garden, originally created in the late 17th century by Sir Alexander Seton. While that framework remains the current main content there has been the recent addition of a major garden development created by an award-winning designer.
The garden is divided by many fine walls with gates and pillars. The main feature of the lower terraces are the Parterres; based on James Gordon’s 1647 designs of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Herbaceous borders were added at the time of the Trust’s re-development along with many wall trained Fruit trees and Orchards. The designed landscape extends out to the rectilinear features of field enclosures and drives and overlaid with informal elements such as ponds and dykes. It is lightly wooded with tree belts and small woodlands.

Haddo

Haddo House gardens are a vibrant and exciting garden to work within. Its long and varied history underpins the whole estate and its management with the gardens forming an integral part of the overall visitor experience. The gardens are always evolving within its historical framework both as a plantsman’s garden and as a living work of art.
The formal gardens have resonance with Pitmedden in content and style while having their own character. Annual bedding schemes alongside informal open woodland enhance vistas that permeate to the wider designed landscape of the Haddo Estate.

The role

Reporting directly to the Operations Manager, you will assist in all the duties required for the care, maintenance and development of the gardens. This includes propagation, vegetable and flower production, greenhouse management, woodland, and grounds maintenance.
The applicant:
  • will be a direct Line Manager of two Assistant Head Gardeners based at each location; as well as a team of gardeners including: full time gardeners, seasonal gardeners, and many volunteers.
  • will work closely with other property colleagues (in particular other “heads of department”, and will have some interaction with other technical/specialist advisory colleagues based in other locations and departments (e.g., Head of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, Gardens Advisory staff);
  • will assume supervision of (and responsibility for) all other on-site staff/volunteers (all departments) when designated “Duty Manager” by the Operations Manager
  • will have regular (daily) interaction with members of the public of all ages and abilities.
  • will have frequent interaction with suppliers and contractors.

Your skills

  • NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture and Botanic Garden Diploma/ HND/ HNC in amenity horticulture or related subjects equivalent to NVQ/ SVQ Level 3 or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Driving License, valid for driving within the UK including, if age relevant, Category E entitlement to tow trailers
  • Substantial relevant practical experience in general amenity – and/or heritage gardening
  • Sound demonstrable plant knowledge
  • Sound knowledge of basic tool and machinery use and maintenance.

The package

This is a full-time position with attractive salary (Grade 4U £35,579 & £39,358) and the possibility of help finding accommodation within the Trust portfolio of houses.

Applications

Interested applicants should forward a completed application form by email to workforus@nts.org.uk  or by mail to People Services Department (Applications), The National Trust for Scotland, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road Edinburgh EH11 4DF.
Closing date 30th April 2024

To apply for this job email your details to workforus@nts.org.uk